Sbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 818 posts, RR: 5 Posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2887 times:
I will be arriving in San Francisco next Wednesday afternoon and would like some pointers and help from you lot if possible!
I am staying until the following Monday when I fly to LA.
What things (apart from the Bridge!) should I have on my list of things to see?
I have got a helicopter tour of the city booked for the saturday which should be good as never been on a helicopter before!.
I was thinking of buying one of the Go San Francisco cards when I arrive which gives free entry to things such as the aquarium and a boat tour of the bay - are these cards worth it?
Last question is - I am staying at the Stanford Court Hotel - can someone please tell me which is the nearest BART station and is the hotel walkable from it bearing in mind I will have my luggage with me!
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10502 posts, RR: 38 Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2873 times:
I was going to suggest you to walk the Golden Gate Bridge, both ways.
A great experience! If you want to scare the hell out of yourself, just think there is an imminent earthquake to happen while you are right in the middle! For a scare, I can guarantee you that it's a good one!!
You will be safe as the Bridge is said to be earhquake proof to a very high degree. Now I don't know what the real truth is.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69 Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2867 times:
Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 1): Take Superfly out for some drinks and he'll get you laid.
Maybe he'll loan you a car and the above action can occur is some really heavy American iron from the '70s, maybe even with a Landau top and an eight-track!
Lots to do in SF. The aquarium is very good as is the DeYoung. So is the Palace of the Legion of Honor; not just a great art collection, but the view from the parking lot is worth the drive. Just off the top of my head and in no order whatever:
Chinatown is worth seeing on foot. So is Union Square once.
Cable car ride is inexpensive and if planned right will avoid crowds. I like the Hyde Street line best from around Powell & Ellis.
Asian and other kinds of food available all over town.
Bay Bridge is IMO as interesting as the GG.
Cruise to Alcatraz and take the tour.
The whole Embarcadero is dotted with things worth seeing.
The "Jeremiah O'Brien" and the "Pampanito" are a WW II Liberty Ship and Submarine that can be toured. There is an interesting museum on that pier as well.
The Maritime Museum is first rate.
AT&T stadium for a Jints game.
Hashbury (Haight-Ashbury) is still somewhat cosmic but a little sad. Old hippies who don't realize it is over, dead and buried, and the rest are too young to know what it was like.
I understand you can go up in the Sutro Tower on Twin Peaks. Not sure about that but the view from just the base of the tower must be pretty good.
Haven't been to the SF Zoo since I was a kid but thought it pretty good back then.
A little farther afield and you have the Bay model in Sausalito, Muir Woods for old growth redwood groves and Mount Tamalpais for nice walk and great view.
"Tamalpais" Does that mean tamale country?
I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting something huge.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Glid4500 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 587 posts, RR: 8 Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2864 times:
Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter): Last question is - I am staying at the Stanford Court Hotel - can someone please tell me which is the nearest BART station and is the hotel walkable from it bearing in mind I will have my luggage with me
Powell Street BART Station would be the closest stop for you. Its not walkable. You would need to take the Powell-Hyde Cable Car up to California Street
If you plan to you use public transport to get around the city, You can buy the SF MUNI Passport, which is good valid for 1, 3, or 7 days. With the passport, you ride free on all San Francisco MUNI buses, light rail trains, streetcars, and cablecars. You can purchase the pass at the San Francisco Information Center, which is actually located at the Powell Station. hope this helps
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69 Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2855 times:
If you are not dragging luggage the city is quite walkable. I've walked from the SamTrans station down south of Market, straight up over the hills, north to the Marina district and back, or up to Hyde St. Pier and all the way around the Embarcadero and other similar hikes many times. Now west to the Ocean is a different matter.
I enjoyed parking at the old Crissy AAF and walking under the GG bridge as well.
Things to do are not going to be your problem. Time or money might but not lack of things to do.
There are many neighborhoods that are worth walking just for the homes, "carpenter gothic" being pretty common and very San Francisco.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
FXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7074 posts, RR: 89 Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2853 times:
My girlfriend is in SFO right now for the holiday with her family.
They've been to 4-5 winerys.
They went to Alcatraz. They went to eat at Terra in St. Helena - Napa Valley. Ame is owned by the same as Terra. They ate there also. Ate at Lulu in SFO and also Culinary Institute of America in Napa. They took a City Tour in SFO and also went to Muir Woods. Use the BART to get around the city. They saw a baseball game the other night - Giants.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16559 posts, RR: 52 Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2820 times:
Sebastiani winery in Sonoma
see a baseball game (Giants)
eat at the stinking rose Italian restaraunt
have an Irish Coffee at Buena Vista
ride the Street cars
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate bridge
road trip to Monterey
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2784 times:
Last time I was out there, two years ago, I stayed at the Hotel Nikko at Union Square. Excellent location, very walkable to alot of areas and great view of the bay. Also has a great Sunday Jazz Brunch with a Jazz Station remote that kills. On my To-Do list for next year! You'll enjoy SFO.
Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1337 posts, RR: 16 Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
I was based in SFO for a few years when HA had an FA base there back in the 80's and if you have never been to SFO before, just know one thing. It's REALLY cold there in July. I'm completely serious. Bring a jacket, you wont regret it.
I don't know if anybody mentioned it, but you can combine the GG crossing and a visit of Sausalito by renting a bike and riding there, and then come back on the ferry. It's well worth it and you can kill several birds with one stone...
Tip for the cable car: Get a muni day pass ($11), and never wait for it at the turntable, instead, walk up the street to the next stop and take it there. They always leave room for those who get in down the line, and you'll avoid having to wait under the sun for 2 or three cars to depart (they're not that frequent, but there are lots of tourists).
For aviation die hards, and along the old ships line, there's also the USS Hornet across the bay in Alameda.
Did anybody mention Crookedest street? the Coit tower?
There are tourism offices downtown (powell BART) and at Fisherman's wharf, as well as free tourist attraction brochures distributors in all the tourist spots.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
PanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2648 posts, RR: 10 Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter): I was thinking of buying one of the Go San Francisco cards when I arrive which gives free entry to things such as the aquarium and a boat tour of the bay - are these cards worth it?
Try a City Pass. Got mine from Allsanfranciscotours.com, along with a Muir Woods and Sausalito tour package. Made for a great day, and it was inexpensive as well.
Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter): Last question is - I am staying at the Stanford Court Hotel - can someone please tell me which is the nearest BART station and is the hotel walkable from it bearing in mind I will have my luggage with me!
Funnily enough, that's also where I stayed. A bit "stuffy," but the bed was comfortable and it was generally very nice. There isn't a BART station within walkable distance. If coming from SFO (or anywhere, really), stop at Powell Street station and take the cable car straight up.