San Fran

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    May 16, 2010 10:10 AM GMT
    I'm going to be in San Fran next week. I've been a couple of times before, but I'm wondering what sights/activities a "seen all the major sights' tourist might take in?
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    May 16, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    So, I have lived in San Francisco for the past four years, though I am on the East coast at the moment. In terms of sights to see, they can be broken down as follows;

    City Sights; Coit Tower (tall, phallic, fireman memorial), Fishermans Wharf, Union Square (shopping & history) Goldengate Park ( guys running, bushes, & the Conservatory of Flowers for your inner botanist) North Beach, The Mission District (crazy shops, crazy people, Hippster boys)

    Gay Sights; Of course, Castro Street, Trigger (bar) Dolores Park (sunny, yummy guy watching spot..ignore the dogs) Skanky hip leather bars in the South of Market district, and the eye candy everywhere...
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    May 16, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    Thanks for the recommendations! Do the bars (skanky leather or otherwise) have a dress code? icon_razz.gif
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    May 16, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    1st off, DO NOT refer to San Francisco as San Fran, we don't like that. It's either The City, San Francisco or just SF.

    There's no dress code for the bars however once in if you feel tempted to join others in removing articles of clothing, feel free.

    Just have your walking ready to go and just go and explore!
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    May 16, 2010 4:02 PM GMT

    a1972guy has it down, it is The City or SF.

    Depending on your transportation while here and length of time a 50 mile radius from the City will give you great sights.

    Wine country, great parks, amazing art, and topography

    Anywhere for food but two or three places in the Castro where you can eat alone at the bar and meet nice bartenders and friendly guys are Eureka on 18th, 2223 on Market and Catch on Market.

    So Depending on your interest there are so many places it is hard to recommend. Tell what you like and we'll give you feed back!
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    May 16, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    Even living in SF for only four years, I'm still an Easy Coaster so for me "The City" will always be New York City... Sorry.
    Anyway, SF is a lot more casual, so jeans & tshirt to leather or dive bars, something swanky & sexy to downtown clubs, semi dressy for higher end bars, eateries, Starlight room etc.
    Recommend Perbacco, Basil, and Woodward Garden, for dinners.
    The Pork Store in the Mission, for Lunch, As well as Chez Maman in Potrero Hill on 18th; it's kick ass!
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    May 16, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    It's San Fran to anyone in the Midwest. I lived there for the summer a few years ago and got made fun of by everyone for calling it that. icon_surprised.gif
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    May 16, 2010 4:53 PM GMT
    a1972guy said1st off, DO NOT refer to San Francisco as San Fran, we don't like that. It's either The City, San Francisco or just SF.

    There's no dress code for the bars however once in if you feel tempted to join others in removing articles of clothing, feel free.

    Just have your walking ready to go and just go and explore!


    Don't forget Frisco.
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    May 16, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    I was there about a month ago and went to Muir Woods to see the redwoods. Definitely worthwhile.

    Also, from the Marin Headlands you get a great view of the bridge---you can rent a bike and ride out there without too much trouble, but the hills are steep (I went in a small tour bus). You could also bike to Sausalito and ride the ferry back.
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    May 16, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    Well, I'm there for a conference, so there isn't a whole lot of free time. I just wanted some suggestions of things to see that were a bit more off the beaten path, because I don't need to see Alcatraz or Fisherman's Wharf or Polk St. for the umpteenth time. Good call on Castro Street though. I haven't been there yet.
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    May 16, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    The Marin headlands across the Golden Gate Bridge have some of the best views of the city. And then you can visit Sausalito, which is a really cute town.
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    May 16, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
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    May 16, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    SF is awesome, but lets not get carried away. "The City" is and always will be NYC!!!
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    May 16, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
    I was born 30 miles away. I know SF is amazing, but NYC is the capital of the world!!
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    May 17, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    Don't forget to stop by and say hi to Harvey in city hall.

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    May 17, 2010 9:24 AM GMT
    I live in SF - the Impressionist Exhibits (Monet, Degas and Renoir) from the D'orsay Musee in Paris are here in SF's De Young Museum in the Presidio - check it out if you're into Impressionist Art. icon_cool.gif
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    May 24, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    On a somewhat different note, does anyone know of a good gym close to Union Square?