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1. Posted by Amoola (Budding Member 6 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone

I'm coming to San Francisco for a conference for four days , then i extended my stay in the city for four days from 16-20 June.
I need your recommendations please on what to see in the city, the costs for me in transportation, should i but a clipper or cash ?
Also if i want to go to Los Angeles or Las Vegas, how far they are? is it worth it ?
Any other recommendation i will be very happy to hear from you
Many thanks.

2. Posted by AndyLADC (Budding Member 20 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Recommendations for things to do depend on what the original poster likes to do when traveling and what the responder likes to do. There is a lot to do in the City by the Bay.

Transportation-wise, of course you must ride the San Francisco Cable Cars! (Don't refer to them as trolleys or trams to locals!) BART is the rapid transit system. Despite its hilly geography, downtown San Francisco is very walkable.

Golden Gate Park is a large urban park. The Conservatory of Flowers, Botanical Garden and the de Young Museum (art museum) are there. Nearby is the Presidio park, where you can view the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.

You can visit the former Alcatraz prison, now a museum. I like the Cable Car Museum in the Nob Hill neighborhood. A literary landmark is City Lights Bookstore where the Beat poets began.

I recommend visits to Ghiradelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf, accessible by Cable Car. There are enjoyable seafood restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf.

Remember that San Francisco can be chilly even in June, so do pack a light jacket.

As to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I come from LA so would want you to see it. There is a lot to see and do in LA, but it is a very spread out metropolitan area. Public transportation is better than it once was, but it is still difficult to get around without renting a car. I think the downtown area, with the Plaza historic district (Olvera Street) and the Bradbury Building's Belle Époque iron atriums are often overlooked. Los Angeles is about 350 miles (563 km) from San Francisco. Easy to fly between the cities. There is one direct Amtrak train a day along the coast. Driving is about 6-7 hours straight through.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-May-2018, at 06:05 by AndyLADC ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 630 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Live near SF and used to live near LA. If you only have four days, don't bother going someplace else, especially Las Vegas which is mostly fake stuff unless you are seriously into gambling. Los Angeles is wonderful. I actually like it better than San Francisco but you don't really have much time and since you are in San Francisco, take your time there and make the most of it. If you have a mad urge to visit someplace else while there, get a day trip to Napa to visit the wineries and enjoy the scenery.

In San Francisco, the suggestion above to see Golden Gate Park (and don't miss the de Young art Museum and the Academy of Sciences across from it), the Presidio park, Ghiradelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf just for touristy fun. If there is a Hop-on Hop-off Bus, that might be fun and a good way to get your bearings. If you like art museums, the Legion of Honor is excellent and there are also great views of the Golden Gate bridge from the grounds.

We have Clipper Cards but we go fairly often since our daughter lives there. They are a good deal for us and the public transportation system in SF is great. It is also quite walkable for an American city.

Enjoy your time there.

4. Posted by natnatroswell22 (Budding Member 30 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

If you are into overnight camping, I would suggest you to visit Yosemite National Park ;) Have fun!

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6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Go to city hall. Randomly point at someone and open your mouth in an "O" and make a gaspy hissing sound at them. Feel bemused that they have no idea what you are doing.

At least that's what i did.

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 630 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Piecar, Then what happened? Did they call emergency services????

8. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

No. They scurried away and my girlfriend at the time cuffed me in the back of the head and told me to stop screwing around. No one watches old movies anymore.

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 692 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I lived south of SF for a couple of years, and I have never thought it worth while to go to Las Vegas. The only reason I would go there would be to take an excursion to the Grand Canyon from there. But I think everyone else is right - I would not go to Las Vegas.

I would go to Yosemite if you can get there and get a place to stay. And also I would go north to Muir woods.

Back in the day I was living in the Monterey area so that might be one place to visit - Cannery Row, and the aquarium. Also Point Lobos, Seventeen Mile Drive, Carmel by the Sea, and Pacific Grove.

In SF and Carmel you would be able to visit the missions that are there.

10. Posted by natnatroswell22 (Budding Member 30 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Piecar

Go to city hall. Randomly point at someone and open your mouth in an "O" and make a gaspy hissing sound at them. Feel bemused that they have no idea what you are doing.

At least that's what i did.

lmao, that's totally hilarious but weird and creepy at the same time what's the purpose of doing such?