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User currently offlineSbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 825 posts, RR: 5
Posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3029 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!

Any suggestions greatfully received!

Thanks

Stephen


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User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3023 times:



Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter):
What To Do?

Take Superfly out for some drinks and he'll get you laid.  biggrin 



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10735 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3015 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.



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3009 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?  Wow!

I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting something huge.



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User currently offlineGlid4500 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 587 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3006 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

-Eddie

[Edited 2008-07-04 11:03:32]


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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2997 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.



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7129 posts, RR: 87
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

My girlfriend is in SFO right now for the holiday with her family.

They've been to 4-5 winerys.


  • Mondavi.
  • Opus.
  • Stromberg.
  • Coppola,
  • Sterling.


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.

Windowseat is near SFO.





User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2993 times:



Quoting FXramper (Reply 6):
Napa Valley

Okay, there's the something huge I though I might be forgetting.

Quoting FXramper (Reply 6):
eat at Terra in St. Helena

I really like Tra Vigne in St. Helena, especially outdoors. There is a great little shop just down the sidestreet that sells teriffic olive oils.



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7129 posts, RR: 87
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2987 times:



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):

They also took a day trip to Carmel.


User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 49
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2978 times:



Quoting FXramper (Reply 6):
My girlfriend is in SFO right now for the holiday with her family.

If the Giants are playing tonight, there will be a big fireworks show. You can get a good view from anywhere within a mile of the stadium.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16694 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

Sebastiani winery in Sonoma
Alcatrez
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
Muir Woods
road trip to Monterey



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2953 times:



Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 1):
Take Superfly out for some drinks and he'll get you laid.

Yes, take me out for drinks!  Silly
As far as getting laid, that depends on how much game you have with the ladies.  Wink

Lots of stuff to do here in San Francisco.
The suggestions above are all good, in a rated G sort of way.
Let me know if you want to see some of the raunchy stuff too.



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User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2935 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
As far as getting laid, that depends on how much game you have with the ladies.

Hey Fly- There's always the Tenderloin Dist.  Wink



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User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2926 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.


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User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1339 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2910 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.

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3613 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2900 times:



Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter):
I will be arriving in San Francisco next Wednesday afternoon

Interesting, so am I...

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.



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User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2887 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.  thumbsup 

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.

Quoting Francoflier (Reply 15):
Tip for the cable car: Get a muni day pass ($11)

No! Get a City Pass. $45 for all the attached activities and it includes Muni and the cable cars. I did it last Spring, and it was well worth it, as mentioned above.

Quoting Francoflier (Reply 15):
Did anybody mention Crookedest street?

Lombard St.  Wink

Enjoy your stay in San Francisco! I know I did so much that I went back again, and will be moving there next Fall when I graduate. Oh, and do make a trip report!  Smile


User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 832 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2876 times:



Quoting Francoflier (Reply 15):
Did anybody mention Crookedest street?

Do you mean Vermont Street in Portrero Hill?


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18704 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2874 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
Silly
As far as getting laid, that depends on how much game you have with the ladies. Wink

And can't assume its ladies. This is San Francisco. Even if she looks like a lady, best to ask (nonchalantly): "Say, you aren't a drag queen, are you?"

That'll get you laid.

 duck 


User currently offlineSbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 825 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2842 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
And can't assume its ladies. This is San Francisco. Even if she looks like a lady, best to ask (nonchalantly): "Say, you aren't a drag queen, are you?"

I like the idea!!

Thanks all for the suggestions.

Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 16):
No! Get a City Pass. $45 for all the attached activities and it includes Muni and the cable cars. I did it last Spring, and it was well worth it, as mentioned above.

Where would I get this and how long is it valid for?

Am really looking forward to my trip!

2 new Cities and my first time on a 747!!!!!! Can't Wait!!

Thanks Again - might just try my frist trip report when I get back!



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18704 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2835 times:

Has anyone brought up the Exploratorium yet?

User currently offlineSbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 825 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

I had read about it - is it good??


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18704 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2830 times:



Quoting Sbworcs (Reply 21):

I had read about it - is it good??

AMAZING. If you like science museums, which I do.


User currently offlineSbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 825 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2828 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 22):
AMAZING. If you like science museums, which I do.

So do I! Being a bit dumb here - where abouts is it! Need to try and fit it in duting my visit,.

Cheers



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User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 832 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2821 times:



Quoting Sbworcs (Reply 23):
So do I! Being a bit dumb here - where abouts is it! Need to try and fit it in duting my visit,.

Here you go:

http://www.exploratorium.edu




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25 Post contains images N787ZZ : I'm pretty sure he meant Lombard.
26 Post contains links JeffSFO : I'm sure he did, too. I was being tongue-in-cheek because Vermont Street is considered by some to be more crooked than Lombard: http://en.wikipedia.o
27 DocLightning : OK, so can I throw an idea out? I'm moving to SF on Tuesday afternoon. And Sbworcs is going to be visiting this coming weekend. I remember there used
28 PanAm330 : I got mine from Allsanfranciscotours.com, simply because it was heavily discounted. I also misquoted you earlier. The pass is $54 or something like t
29 Superfly : Very true. Welcome to San Francisco! Yes it's still there. I'd be up for a meet there. I do have a bit of a hang over but I'd be up for spotting and
30 DocLightning : I mean this COMING Sunday, not today. I'm still, unfortunately, in NYC.
31 Superfly : Sorry about that. I just returned from a camping trip so I am thinking everything is in pas-tense. Sure, I'll be around next Sunday too.
32 WindowSeat : What the hell is Asian food? It's like lumping the burrito and with the Boston Clam chowder and calling it North American food. I am indeed. I live i
33 Post contains images Confuscius : Enjoy the theatre and deep-tissue massage.
34 Francoflier : You're out to p!$$ off a few Franciscans... Who cares about Vermont?
35 DocLightning : I do! I just drove down it! I thought I might die!
36 Superfly : If you drive down Innes ave, you could very well die. Welcome to San Francisco!
37 SlamClick : Well, I have seen: Japanese restaurants in San Francisco Chinese restaurants in San Francisco Thai restaurants in San Francisco Burmese restaurants i
38 BO__einG : I am going to join in on this thread that sbworcs created, as I am also planning to visit. First week of august I am planning to go to SF for 5 days.
39 Superfly : Waterworld in Concord, California. (40 miles north east of San Francisco) Great America in Santa Clara, California (30 miles south of San Francisco)
40 SlamClick : Including the little shop in Maiden Lane that just happens to be a Frank Lloyd Wright. Did we mention Benny Bufano? Carpenter gothic? "the big four?"
41 Superfly : What's so great about Cow Hollow?
42 SlamClick : Actually I was thinking about the much-photographed marina green which is the natural outlet for the geographic feature that gives the Cow Hollow nei
43 Superfly : That is true. The old wooden homes are all over the city. If I had $2million to buy a house here in San Francisco, I'd rather buy in Saint Francis Wo
44 BO__einG : Thanks Superfly, I do appreciate any of the pointers local guys like yourself have to share. I remember a few forum chit chats with you a few years ba
45 Superfly : You are thinking of the new DeYoung museum. There is also the Museum Of Modern Art (SFMOMA) which is downtown. I think it's free on Tuesdays. Another
46 Post contains images Maestra80 : I don't think anyone mentioned this yet, but the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose (just south of SF) is pretty interesting as well.
47 SlamClick : This should make it easier to find;
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