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1. Posted by aler11 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I will be visiting San Francisco in August for 2 days, just wondering what the must see's are?

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Hi

Theres lots to see & do in San Francisco - Alcatrza, wander along Fishermans wharf watch the seal lions, check out Ghiradellis (and the chocolate factory shop!), Lomard Street, Golden Gate park - loved the Japenese Garden, grab some clam chowder in a sour dough bowl mmmm, go shopping, china town - visit the fortune cookie factory see them being made, jump on a cable car, walk golden gate bridge, take a cable car up to castro area for an evening and then if you have the time though l suspect in 2 days you will not take a trip out to Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley and taste some local wines!!

Enjoy l absolutely loved San Francisco.

Heather

3. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 10y

San Francisco is my favorite little city. I love Citizen Cake. They have the best Cupcakes and sandwiches. Its a little pricey but the cupcakes are worth it.

http://www.citizencake.com/

The all time best breakfast place. Mama's on Washington Square. They have all sorts of fresh fruits, fish, and everything is amazing. Usually there is a wait. But so worth it if you have time.

Pier 39 is always fun because there are tons of street performers there and tons of shopping and street venders.

But depending on what you like to do you can def find it in San Francisco.

I hope you have a great trip!

4. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y

In addition to the above, here are places you may want to add to your list:

a) Koit Tower
b) Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park

Hope this helps.

Pranav

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Quoting coco-chloe

Its a little pricey but the cupcakes are worth it.

Cupcakes are always worth it, priceless actually ;)

6. Posted by gypsygenes (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Just 2 days- what do YOU like? You already received some great traditional advisement... so what could I add?

I am going to give you different stuff, because the normal "tourista" stuff is so accessible and you have already been directed there.

If you like music & theater or film festivals, there is great stuff going on in SF - see http://www.sfgate.com/eguide/ for calendar of cultural events while you are in town. SF has amazing restaurants too. Teatro Zinanni- "Love, Chaos and Dinner" is a cabaret (sp?) dinner experience - get tickets early. VERY SF. http://love.zinzanni.org/

The Mission District has a full pallette of outdoor murals that are fun to take in if you like that sort of thing. Latino neighborhood with eateries and lots of good cultural fun. This might help: http://www.viamagazine.com/top_stories/articles/mission_district03.asp

Point Reyes Beach is pretty. Stinson Beach too.

Nearby: Muir Woods - & the famous John Muir's (Sierra Club founder) hometown.

They have Fire Engine Tours of all things! Building on the Great SF Fire idea- I haven't done it but a friend raved about it...

Exploratorium is cool: http://www.exploratorium.edu/

Want some peace to even things out? Walk the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral
http://www.gracecathedral.org/

Traditional stuff is all built in, any concierge can help you with that from your hotel.

Have a great 2 days!

7. Posted by crabman (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

i would hit hippy town around haight-ashbury and of course chinatown. sf is easy to walk around and a huge pain to drive in. you'll have a lot more fun if you don't drive.

8. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 10y

san francisco is my home town so i offer the following point of view:

koit tower = coit tower -- excellent view for photos.

golden gate park (seperate from Golden Gate bridge) is a must do to people watch.

i find pier 39/fisherman warf area to be boring. haight ashbury is cool though and close to golden gate park.

have lunch at maxfields @ 17th street and delores, and dinner at Axum on 698 Haight to get a true San Francisco vibe.

9. Posted by t.j (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

SAN FRAN IS THE PLACE TO BE!!
part of my rtw trip this was myt favourite city - it has such a happy vibe to it it ENJOI
LOVE ITT!!

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