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1. Posted by IcEQ (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

My best friend and I are spending 2 weeks in SF before we make our way down to LA - what's there to do in SF? Any particular areas to watch out for? Anything we shouldn't miss? Any help would be appreciated, thanks :)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5523 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Golden Gate Park: the Japanese Tea Garden is sublime.
There's awesome weird and just wonderful stores on Valencia Street (around 21st). The best bookstores, a pirate store, and this one landscaping store (?) which had these awesome puppets with animal skulls as heads, including a Baba Yaga which just has to be seen to be believed.
Lincoln Park is nice for a walk, with very pretty views of the bridge.

And I guess the usual: walk over golden gate bridge, visit alcatrez, hang out at union square, go up to twin peaks, be a tourist at fisherman's wharf.

3. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 286 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Ride the cable cars if you are a first-time visitor.

4. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Definate on the Cable Cars and Fisherman's Wharf. Also take the short 12 mile drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods to see some Giant Redwoods up close and personal.

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4500 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Also Haight-Ashbury and Chinatown.

6. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If possible, rent a bike at "Blazzing Saddles" (Pier 41) and bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and back. It is a great experience.

Also add Koit Tower to your list. If you can do a day-trip to Monterrey (don't miss the 7-mile drive while you are there), it would be great.

Hope this helps,


7. Posted by IcEQ (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys, you're a great help! Hopefully this'll help us plan a few things & not wander around aimlessly :)

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2007 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Also, check out the "Palace of Fine Arts" and Exploratorium nearby (both of these are close to the Golden Gate Bridge).

For fun shopping go to the Ferry Bldg. (Pier #1).

Also, Ghiradelli Square and The Cannery. Both are close to where the cable car route ends (about 3 blocks west and 1 block south of Fisherman's Wharf). If you like baseball, check out the ballpark--it's beautiful--although the baseball team's just so-so this year.

And yes, ride a cable car.

P.S. Best food in town is at the restaurants along Columbus Street--and at McCormicks and Kuleto's at Ghiradelli Square. (Oh, and the chocolate desserts at Ghiradelli too)--although you can't miss with food in SF in general.


9. Posted by davidb (Budding Member 23 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You can't leave San Francisco without seeing the bush guy! lol
The Exploratorium is great for hands on science stuff. I think it's for kids, but totally fun for grown ups too.
A Giants baseball game is fun to go to.

Besides all the other things mentioned, just enjoy the city itself. The weather, clam chowder, cable cars, and all the different types of people. Oh, and while you're there don't forget to get hyphy and ghost ride your rental whip.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 20, 2007, at 5:08 PM by davidb ]

10. Posted by KeetSeel (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Lunch at Cliff House is both good food and plenty to see...before you go to Muir Woods, pick up a cracked and cleaned steamed Dungeness carb, loaf of sourdough and bottle of wine...just after you cross the Golden Gate, take the Sausalito Lateral Road exit and follow it west to Conzelman Road and find great views of the bridge with the city in the background (money shot) and see the WWII gun emplacements... great places to enjoy your crab