Visiting San Francisco, CA for the first time ever.

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    Apr 09, 2015 11:18 PM GMT
    So I will be visiting San Francisco for the first time on a short 2 day visit.

    I will be giving one friend a ride early in the morning from San Luis Obispo and while he's doing his thing, I'm going to see my other friends while I'm there.

    The only thing is, my friends won't be off work till 4 & 5pm, and I will probably be there by around 11am or noon.

    Does anyone have any tips on where to go and or what to do that is relaxing till around the time my friends are done with work?

    Much appreciated, thank you in advance.
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    Apr 10, 2015 2:38 AM GMT
    If you've never been here before, take advantage of some of the tourist spots:

    1)Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and stop on the Marin side to see an awesome view of SF.

    2) Go down to Union Square (Powell and Market) get a ticket for the Cable Car ($6 I think) and ride the Powell (Yellow sign on top of car) to Fisherman's Wharf. When you get off there, stop and have an Irish Coffee at Buena Vista (read the history on the front door) right at the cable car stop. The walk 2 blocks to Fisherman's Wharf.

    3) Get a map and drive up to Twin Peaks to see a very awesome view of SF. Best if it's pretty clear out.

    4) Use the map from #3 to find your way to Alamo Park to see the Painted Ladies. Houses in the opening of the show 'Full House'.

    5) Just enjoy a walk down around Pier One on the Embarcadaro. The Ferry Building has some nice shops including coffee, food and merchandise. Union Square has the normal big City shopping stores.

    All depends on what you enjoy doing. Parking can be tough and expensive so be prepared for that. Parking tickets are $66 so bite the bullet and use a parking garage.

    Welcome to SF. Greatest City in the country (in my opinion).
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    Apr 10, 2015 2:41 AM GMT
    You can go to De Young Museum to go up the tower to see Panoramic view of San Francisco for free. icon_biggrin.gif

    Unless they change since I last went.
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    Apr 10, 2015 11:37 PM GMT
    Take the cable car from the foot of California St. at Market up Nob Hill to Van Ness instead of the Powell St. line. MUCH shorter lines, bigger cars, and you'll end up on Polk St., SF's pre-Castro Castro. For great spicy Chinese, try any of Hunan's locations. Check out Mission & Valencia Sts., between 16th and 24th for some good restaurants and burrito shops. Drive to Dolores Park and the top of Potrero Hill for some good alternative views of SF, and check out Hayes Valley on your way to the Castro.
  • Everbetter

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    Apr 11, 2015 6:50 PM GMT
    The pics I have on my profile were taken at the deyoung tower. I agree with the other guys. Those are all great things to do in SF. Also, Union Square has great shopping. There's also the Height, cool shops and eating establishments. And I always go see the ocean at Ocean Beach when I visit.
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    Apr 12, 2015 3:11 AM GMT
    Safe travels!Enjoy!
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    Apr 12, 2015 2:51 PM GMT
    Best city ever! Food sights activities!
    The water taxi around the WARF is fun too.
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    Apr 15, 2015 8:27 PM GMT
    Look under "Forums" on TripAdvisor .com - lots of info for the visitor.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Apr 18, 2015 11:07 PM GMT
    One of my favorite things is to take the ferry from Fisherman's Wharf to Sausalito. Lots of shops and art galleries there (and a great view of the San Francisco skyline).
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    Apr 19, 2015 2:18 AM GMT
    Go downhill mountain biking. There's a trail right at the top of the city.
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    Apr 20, 2015 2:15 AM GMT
    eb925guy saidIf you've never been here before, take advantage of some of the tourist spots:

    1)Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and stop on the Marin side to see an awesome view of SF.

    2) Go down to Union Square (Powell and Market) get a ticket for the Cable Car ($6 I think) and ride the Powell (Yellow sign on top of car) to Fisherman's Wharf. When you get off there, stop and have an Irish Coffee at Buena Vista (read the history on the front door) right at the cable car stop. The walk 2 blocks to Fisherman's Wharf.

    3) Get a map and drive up to Twin Peaks to see a very awesome view of SF. Best if it's pretty clear out.

    4) Use the map from #3 to find your way to Alamo Park to see the Painted Ladies. Houses in the opening of the show 'Full House'.

    5) Just enjoy a walk down around Pier One on the Embarcadaro. The Ferry Building has some nice shops including coffee, food and merchandise. Union Square has the normal big City shopping stores.

    All depends on what you enjoy doing. Parking can be tough and expensive so be prepared for that. Parking tickets are $66 so bite the bullet and use a parking garage.

    Welcome to SF. Greatest City in the country (in my opinion).


    So I'm in Seattle now and after this assignment, it's SF here I comeā€¦.or somewhere close to it! I'm still expecting that drink from you! icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 22, 2015 4:20 PM GMT
    ^^^^^Erik, I haven't forgotten my offer to buy you a drink and show you around town as well. Better yet, Bob and I will get together with you and D and make it a lunch or dinner if you'd like.
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    Apr 23, 2015 9:23 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 said^^^^^Erik, I haven't forgotten my offer to buy you a drink and show you around town as well. Better yet, Bob and I will get together with you and D and make it a lunch or dinner if you'd like.


    G....thanks so much! I look forward to meeting you, Bob and D. It's gonna be fun! icon_smile.gif