Visiting San Francisco in November, what should I do? (Never visited before)

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    Sep 28, 2015 8:38 PM GMT
    Any good recommendations, places to see, stuff to do, etc?

    Anyone on here from the SF area?
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    Sep 28, 2015 11:28 PM GMT
    MontrealMasc saidAny good recommendations, places to see, stuff to do, etc?

    Anyone on here from the SF area?


    Am sure the others can tell you all sorts of places to go to...just make sure you bring a WARM JACKET. Even in high summer SF is chilly.
  • yojimbo4412

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    Sep 29, 2015 6:18 AM GMT
    There are plenty of things to do here - all depends on what you're looking for... ranging from the very chill to the very touristy

    Alcatraz is supposed to be pretty cool (haven't been myself), but if you want to go make sure you buy tickets well ahead of time.

    Bike (or walk) across the Golden Gate Bridge

    Take a day trip (or overnight) up to Napa Valley/Sonoma and visit wineries. I think growing/harvesting season will be over by November, but the wine is still great. There are lots of great bus tour companies that provide a guided experience

    Beach Blanket Babylon is a campy, music performance unique to SF

    Take the trolly at Powell station

    Spend the afternoon in Dolores Park or Golden Gate park. Beware though, November can be rainy.

    Check out museums. DeYoung and Academy of Science are both really cool places and are right next to each other in GG Park. There are lots of other museums around the city as well

    Spend the night bar hopping in Castro (there's a gay bar for every taste here)

    If you're here on Saturday and like dancing, check out Booty at DNA Lounge - it's a high-energy weekly dance party.

    The list goes on icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 29, 2015 1:16 PM GMT
    Thanks for the tips guys and also for the really detailed response yojimbo4412.

    whitewater - Thanks for your concerns, its actually a business trip so I don't really have the luxury of picking my own destination for this time of year. I'm just making use of an extra couple of days to explore SF after my business is finished.
  • inmidair

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    Sep 29, 2015 1:51 PM GMT
    In my experience, the rain doesn't really start until December. Of course the last few years we've barely had any rain at all, but they are predicting that will change this winter. Even at its coldest, San Francisco in November is more like a Montreal autumn.
  • wellwell

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    Sep 29, 2015 5:17 PM GMT
    STAY AWAY.
    PSYCHOSIS IS POWERFULLY CONTAGIOUS ! ! !
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    Sep 29, 2015 10:07 PM GMT
    What do you mean wellwell ?
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    Sep 30, 2015 1:30 AM GMT
    ** Deyoung Museum
    ** Asian Art Museum
    ** Fort Point / Golden Gate bridge walk
    ** Painted Ladies, Alamo Square
    ** Japantown and Chinatown
    ** The Embaccaderro / Pier 39
    ** Boats tour of Alcatraz (Red Fleets, Boudin SF bakery shop)
    ** The Castro and Soma gay district
    ** Union Square Shopping Center / Market St

    There's a free tour book guide everywhere in the city, pick one up and maybe read up on some of the places in SF before you wanna go see.
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    Sep 30, 2015 4:36 PM GMT
    MontrealMasc saidAny good recommendations, places to see, stuff to do, etc?

    Anyone on here from the SF area?


    When?

    Includes a weekend?
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    Sep 30, 2015 5:22 PM GMT
    No weekend, I will be around for a Thursday and Friday evening though.
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:48 AM GMT
    yojimbo4412 said

    Alcatraz is supposed to be pretty cool (haven't been myself), but if you want to go make sure you buy tickets well ahead of time.


    Take the trolly at Powell station
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    Alcatraz- never been, but you normally have to get online reservations months in advance. So don't delay if you want to go there. There are other ferries (to Angel Island, Tiburon, etc, which do not require reservations.

    "Trolley": I think yojimbo means the cable car. Nice touristy ride to the Fisherman's Wharf area. BUT, if you don't want to wait in a very long line to get on, you have to get there before 9:00 am - (and most gay tourists are not out of bed at that hour.)

    You can find a lot of helpful information (and even pose questions which will be answered), on the "San Francisco Travel Forum on tripadvisor.com .

    SF is a big city (although with provincial attitudes) packed into a small place. There is a lot here - So you should tell us what interests you - For all we know, you might want to spend all your time in gay venues - or, OTOH in art museums - or trendy resturants. And some things are seasonal - so if you said when you were coming, we here could be more helpful.

    One thing that is seasonal is the rain - if coming after mid-October, bring an umbrella - you may need it.

    Lived here for many years. Feel free to PM me if you want more specific recommendations.