SF: What is there to do?

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    Dec 01, 2010 4:16 AM GMT
    Hey guys

    I'm visiting San Francisco next month and was wondering what places I shouldn't miss out on. Never been to the West Coast and am really excited to see the Pacific. icon_smile.gif

    Looking to check out the Castro and the Golden Gate Bridge, but other than that unsure of what else to check out.

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    Dec 01, 2010 5:42 AM GMT
    Like most good cities, there are a ton of places to go and things to do. It's important to have the best time you can, and avoid the tourist traps places along the area of Pier 39.

    What do you like to do? If you let me know, I'll give you names of various places and their locations to help you fine tune your trip and make your time here a blast.icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 12, 2010 7:58 AM GMT
    The most amazing experience in SF is the Alcatraz tour I think. It's incredibly well written, full of history, and there is a ton of nature on the island. Tons of flowers and birds. And a great view of the city. It's great. icon_smile.gif

    If you like Japanese Gardens they also have one in GGP (Golden Gate Park), which is kind of fun if you want a peaceful day.

    I also recommend the Free City Walk Tours http://www.sfcityguides.org/current_schedule.html I did the Castro one and I learned all sorts of things about that area I didn't even know existed. It's kind of fun and super interesting.

    Oh! And I really recommend visiting Land's End/Sutro Heights. It's right by the ocean, you can actually view the ocean from gigantic cliffs. My current forum pic is from there. So be careful and don't die! jk. http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/lands-end.html It's fun. There's a cave that you can go in and hear the waves crash. And you can also climb around the ruins of the bath house that burned down. And of course, if it's not foggy you get to see a terrific sunset over the ocean. Very nice icon_smile.gif Bring a pair of shades icon_biggrin.gif

  • Dec 12, 2010 9:04 AM GMT
    This past September was my first trip to The City in 30 years. I had fun there and felt strangely free...especially at the Folsom Street Fair. Here are some of my recommendations because my trip:

    1. If you can, buy a CityPass. I bought mine at Costco (approx $60) and I got more back than what I paid for it.

    1 week UNLIMITED rides on the MUNI system (buses, trolleys, cable cars)
    Free admission to museum and science center in GGP. Also MoMA
    Free ticket and ride on Blue and Gold Ferry at Pier 39 takes you outside of the GG Bridge and passing by Alcatraz. Great picture taking opps.

    2. Eats: "Crustaceans" for roasted garlic crab from the "secret family kitchen". Max's.

    3. Ride trolley to the "end of the line" in Castro. Wild and free guys there.

    4. in SoMA: Mr S Leather 385 8th St., Blow Buddies Club on Harrison (a maze of glory holes, slings, etc.) blowbuddies.com

    Avoid the "Tenderloin" area...spooky to me.

    I hope this helps. I wished I could have stayed longer.
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    Dec 12, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
    I lived in SF for 5 years and did not do any tourist stuff until the last month I was there. I did the following and had a blast:

    1. Start off in Union Square - do your walking around and shopping.
    2. BART from Powell to Embarcadero. You can take the Muni down too which I think is cheaper and you get a transfer pass.
    3. Goto the Ferry building to have lunch.
    4. Walk over to Pier 39 and look around. I think the fat seals are there a this time of the year.
    5. Rent a bike and ride it through Crissy field and across the GG bridge.
    6. Ride back to the bike rental place and return your bike.
    7. Walk over to lombard street. If you are lucky you'll get to see a SUV or Van full of tourist flip over because they drove down it too fast.
    8. Walk to Ghirardelli square and hop onto the cable car which takes you through chinatown.
    9. Walk south through china town towards Union Square.

    You should be dead tired by the time you make it back to Union Square. I think that covers most of the tourist attractions.