Upcoming Trip to San Francisco

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    Mar 24, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    I need some input.

    I will be attending a work-related conference in San Francisco in October 2011. I will be staying at the Hilton San Francisco (Union Square) for five days. This will be my first time visiting and I’ve already compiled a list of “must see” places. The problem is I won’t be able to visit them all. I would like to see Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury district, the Castro, Chinatown, and the National Aids Memorial Grove. Does anyone have suggestions on the best places to visit and how to get there from Union Square? Should I pay for a bus tour or rent a car?

    If possible, I would like to reserve one night and visit with my fellow RJ members over dinner and drinks.

    Thank you for your input!
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    chinatown is really close to Union Square - you could walk to it. Castro and the Haight are in similar directions. Fishermans Wharf is the only one out of the way really. i wouldn't rent a car if i were you - just take Muni and you can get to all of those places. the F line will get you to the Wharf, the underground M, L, or K will get you to Castro, haight you can cab to or take a bus from Castro. but getting a car will just make it a pain to find parking.
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    I've walked to all of those places from Union Square. No big deal, and interesting things to see on the way. You can always take the cable car to fisherman's wharf. I'd add the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. If you're in to nerdy mechanical things, you could easily spend a whole day on the ships of the Maritime Park and the Jeremiah O'Brien. If you've never been, the Alcatraz tour is OK, but it takes a lot of time.
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    Mar 24, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Please don't waste your time at Fisherman's Wharf...

    I would suggest a tour bus or taking taxis (or walking) as parking in this city is a nightmare. You've got a long time to plan your trip so do some research... there's a lot to see here depending on what you're into.
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    Mar 24, 2011 6:02 AM GMT
    SUTRO TOWER.. take a taxi, a camera and a jacket but you'll never get a view of the entire city like that except from a moving aircraft.. Its stunning!

    And while you're at it, go see if my old house has been painted yet.. it's up on portrero!
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    Mar 24, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    Do not forget to walk along Crissy Field area for great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, plus great people watching exercising.

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    Mar 24, 2011 8:49 AM GMT
    Just be aware that most hotels charge huge fees for parking a car something like $50 a night. So a rental might be more expensive. I think you are better taking public transport, walking and cabs. Luckily we get some of our best weather in October icon_smile.gif