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12-hour Layover In SFO - Things To Do?

Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:31 am

Hey all, on April 24th in a week and a half I'm potentially going to have a 12+ hour layover in SFO. So I have a bit of a simple question - what is there to do in that amount of time??

I'm half considering just flying somewhere and back for the hell of it (nonrev) but I don't think I will, so I'm turning to all of you for advice!!

Thanks in advance for all responses!!
 
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RE: 12-hour Layover In SFO - Things To Do?

Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:47 am



Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
I'm half considering just flying somewhere and back for the hell of it (nonrev) but I don't think I will, so I'm turning to all of you for advice!!

 bigthumbsup  That's for sure a great option! But a little risky if you miss your connection then Big grin

Or take a flight to Reno and take a walk near the amazing Lake Tahoe  Wink It's lovely there! Or go to LAS and maybe you come back as a rich man Big grin

I've been to SFO just once and I enjoyed sitting down at the shoreline near Alcatraz! If the weather is fine! Pr take a walk in the park (forgot the name) in the northeast part of San Fran...

Or just plane spotting  Wink

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RE: 12-hour Layover In SFO - Things To Do?

Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:41 am

12 hours....depending on the time of day you're arriving SFO?

Take the BART to downtown for sure then a cable car to Fisherman's Wharf.....wander around the wharf area some....take a cruise of the bay and the Golden Gate bridge, if you can get tickets to Alcatraz certainly worth the self guided headset tour, take a ferry over to Tiburon and have lunch at http://www.samscafe.com/ splendid view across the bay of SF.

So many things to do, search the web some and have a great time in the city by the bay!
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RE: 12-hour Layover In SFO - Things To Do?

Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:12 pm

Theres a museum of SFO in the main building. Also, riding the AirTrain Red and Blue Lines never get boring. Great spotting ops on the AirTrain. You could take CalTrain to San Jose or San Francisco or something  Smile Are you goin in the summer? You know they say:

The coldest winter you'll ever have is a summer in San Francisco  Smile
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RE: 12-hour Layover In SFO - Things To Do?

Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:52 am

Thanks to everyone for the responses.

I might yet still just nonrev somewhere. Trying to find somewhere good though, that I can do on UA or AA. Palmdale, Monterrey, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Palm Springs, and a couple others I'm looking at. If anyone has any suggestions I'd be happy to hear them.

As far as BART goes, where do I get on it from the SFO airport??
 
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RE: 12-hour Layover In SFO - Things To Do?

Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:12 am

BART goes directly from the International Terminal at SFO. It takes about 25 minutes to get to downtown for about $5.50
You should definitely try to do this if you've never been to San Francisco before. If you take BART downtown, a quick cab ride or even walk can take you to Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Embarcadero, North Beach etc. I highly recommend taking BART to the city. You won't regret it at all!

Have fun and enjoy your trip.

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RE: 12-hour Layover In SFO - Things To Do?

Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:03 am



Quoting JoePatroni (Reply 5):
You should definitely try to do this if you've never been to San Francisco before. If you take BART downtown, a quick cab ride or even walk can take you to Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Embarcadero, North Beach etc. I highly recommend taking BART to the city. You won't regret it at all!

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That is good advice. There is a lot to do here in San Francisco in that 12 hour window. Definitely take BART in to downtown. You can take the Cable Car up to the Wharf area from Powell station or take a walk up to Chinatown and North Beach. If you want to hang out an grab a beer lets meet up.



Non-reving on a short haul flight would be a bad idea within that 12 hour window. What if you aren't able to get back on the return flight? Possible delays, especially if the airport gets fogged in. That is very common, especially this time of year.
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RE: 12-hour Layover In SFO - Things To Do?

Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:12 pm

When downtow, get a MUNI day pass. It's $11, and it gives you unlimited rides on everything from the cable cars, the old street cars and the entire regular MUNI routes.

Seeing how a single cable car ride is $5, it's quickly paid for and you can easily roam around the city all day to see all there's to see.

Take the powell & Hyde cable car line from BART powell station and stop at the 'crookedest street' (Lombard) for a looksee, then grab the next one down to fisherman's wharf. Visit Pier 39, then take the old street cars back to the financial district from which you can take the California street cable car, or visit Chinatown.

The Cable car museum, along the tracks of the Powell & Hyde and Powell & Mason cable car lines is worth a visit too, and it's free.

There's just hundreds of things to see, 12 hours isn't enough. There's a tourism information desk at the BART powell station. Or you can grab tourist maps distributed freely in all the touristic areas.

BTW, during the day, there's often a long line to take the Cable car from the Powell turnaround platform. To avoid it, just walk up the track to the first stop and grab it there, they always leave some room for people to jump in from intermediary stops, and you won't have to wait in line like a tourist.  Wink

Off the beaten track:

If you're a ship lover, there's plenty of them to visit in the area. There's a WWII submarine, a liberty cargo ship, an old sailship and a steam paddle ship to visit.

And if you're a die hard aviation fanatic, you can go to Alameda and visit the USS Hornet, the WWII aircraft carrier which 'fished' Apollo 11 from the ocean. It's really worth visiting.
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