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I'm a SF virgin.

So H and I (and my 5 other friends) are road trippin it to SF in a couple weeks for the weekend. (Thurs-Mon)

I need your help. We're taking the scenic route & staying 1 night in Carmel and the rest in SF proper. (We're also running Nike Half that weekend!) 

I need any and all recs of places to go/eat/see from here to SF and in SF proper. Cool

Please?Pretty please? None of us have ever been and I'm trying to figure out some sort of itinerary.

The men in the group have asked that we stop and check out Alcatraz one day- so that's about all I have planned so far (and the race of course).

 Help! Thanks in advance! 



Re: I'm a SF virgin.

  • We did all the tourist stuff:

    - ghirardelli  square

    - Alcatraz

    - Fishermans wharf

    We were ony there a couple of days for a wedding and thats all we could fit in.  If you are driving I would try to fit in a trip to the Winchester house and or Hearst Castle. 

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  • Umm...get ready for way too much information! 

    On the way

    Santa Babrbara
    Solvang: a little out of the way but there's good wine and cute shops/bakeries
    San Luis Obispo: a nice college town with plenty of good places to eat
    San Simeon: Hearst Castle
    Big Sur 
    Monterey: Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Santa Cruz: (Out of the way over the hills) Beach Boardwalk with rides, a wooden roller coaster, and a huge arcade. They serve Dole Whip there! There's also some decent restaurants/bars in Santa Cruz but I don't think there are really any clubs.
    In SF
    Clam chowder in Fisherman's Warf (the same place you catch the ferry to Alcatraz)
    Ghirardelli Square: Ice cream sundaes (walking distance from Fisherman's Wharf)
    Escape From New York Pizza: They have a few locations, one is on Haight St. The potato pesto is soooo good! 
    The Mission: Area south of Market St. with a million restaurants, bars, clubs, etc.
    Golden Gate Park: Huge, gorgeous, full of nice museums
    Castro: Beautiful old movie theater, gay bars, more Escape From New York Pizza :)
    Street Car: Market St or Embarcadero. Cute 1940s restored street car will take you from Market St all the way around the eastern edge of the city to Fisherman's Wharf. 
    Ferry Building: Huge indoor market place, coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants. Nice view of the Bay Bridge. 
    Golden Gate Bridge: You can park and walk across it. If it's a clear day you have a great view of the city and Alcatraz. You can also rent bikes in Fisherman's Wharf and ride across the bridge to Sausalito (quaint town). Then take the ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf.  
    I love San Francisco! 
  • Building on LauraPalmer's post:

    Solvang: Tastes of the Valley is an excellent wine bar. Definitely hit up one of the bakeries for treats for the rest of the ride.

    San Francisco:
    - Get your tickets for Alcatraz in advance. I hear that the night tour is really awesome.
    - Since you're a SF virgin, do all the touristy stuff: Start at Union Square to check out some of the "Hearts in SF" display, take the cable car down to Fisherman's Wharf, walk over to Pier 39. Have some clam chowder in a bread bowl from Boudin, see if the sea lions are still around off of Pier 39.
    - Walk through Chinatown and North Beach (they are adjacent to each other). You can get great unexpected views of the Bay Bridge and Transamerica Pyramid in between some of the streets & alleys.
    - Visit the crookedest street in the world (a segment of Lombard Street).
    - Check out the Ferry Building Marketplace for foodie paradise.
    - Check out SF Shopping Centre & the Westfield Shopping Center for shopping paradise. Both are across the street from the Powell St. cable car turnaround.
    - For a taste of "old San Francisco" take the California St. cable car up to the Fairmont and/or Top of the Mark (great vews) for a cocktail in a swanky hotel. They are across the street from each other and across from Grace Cathedral. It's a hilly ride!

    *sigh* I really wish my weekend weren't so jam-packed or I'd take you around!

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  • Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  • Where are you staying in SF?
  • image starlily313:

    San Francisco:

    - Walk through Chinatown and North Beach (they are adjacent to each other). You can get great unexpected views of the Bay Bridge and Transamerica Pyramid in between some of the streets & alleys.

    I can't believe I forgot North Beach! Definitely worth a stop, there are a bunch of great Italian restaurants there. 

    Starlily you're making me want to take a trip to SF!

  • image laurapalmer:
    Where are you staying in SF?


    I'll email you :-D
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