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MahiMike
10-13-2010, 11:03 AM
Heading to San Francisco for 2 weeks Sunday. Never been there. I'll be there in time to try and catch the 49ers/Raiders game. Lake Tahoe on the weekend.

Any suggestions on must-see activities? Good sports bars to watch the games? Hoping the Giants beat the Phillies now.

I'll have a rental car. Is traffic as bad as LA?

Thanks

teedubya
10-13-2010, 11:07 AM
Love San Fran. I normally only go for tech conferences, but I went to Alcatraz in 2003, I think... and I smoked a bowl in Al Capone's cell. It was a one hitter, and very discreet. I figured that Al would approve. The reason I had weed, was it was April 20th, and people were like handing it out at Haight & Ashbury. lol Never seen anything like it.

Oakland is such a shithole... all of the smart people with class live in San Fran.

I dunno about traffic, there is a transit system that can take you anywhere you want to go.

BIG_DADDY
10-13-2010, 11:10 AM
Traffic is nothing like LA but I would leave some time to get to Candlestick for the game as it's a little drive and there will be traffic.

The Bay Area is beautiful and there is a lot to do here. The food is awesome. Just ask people where you are at in the city where there favorite places are close. Tahoe is seriously great. Hopefully you can get out on the lake.

petegz28
10-13-2010, 11:10 AM
Traffic in SF sucks. Make sure to go to the Wharf, Chinatown and Little Italy. Coit Tower is cool too. Then you can go visit the hippies in the Haight.

You won't really need your car while in SF. Everything is pretty much within walking distance or taking the street car (trolly) is always fun too.

patteeu
10-13-2010, 11:12 AM
You should do a tour of Alcatraz, but if that interests you you should make reservations online today because it's frequently sold out a few days in advance.

Otter
10-13-2010, 11:14 AM
Eat. The food is outstanding in many, many places (can't recall names tho, it's been years).

Sight see. It's a beautiful area, lots to see.

Mingle. You'll meet personality types that you'll never meet anywhere else in San Fran.

One of the coolest places on earth I ever visited.

teedubya
10-13-2010, 11:16 AM
If you don't have a smart phone, get one before your trip. San Fran is the coolest place in teh world to have a smart phone.

http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/#text

BIG_DADDY
10-13-2010, 11:20 AM
I have never used this but maybe it will save you some coin.

http://www.groupon.com/san-francisco/subscribe?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=explorer

Pawnmower
10-13-2010, 11:22 AM
If you can, try getting up north a bit (If you want to drive an hour or two)...some very cool wineries, some beautiful coastal spots, parks.....I'm headed off to work, but I will post a list of some of my favorite spots on my lunch or after.

DaFace
10-13-2010, 11:23 AM
Public transit in SF is pretty good, so I might consider that for the game. The bus routes are often overcrowded with crazy Chinese people (no disrespect intended, but it's true), so be aware of that.

Cool stuff that we did in our rush vacation about this time last year:
-Visited Alcatraz
-Drove across the bay bridge and hung out in Sausalito
-Ate lots of food
-Hung around (a little) in the Fisherman's Wharf area. However, it's 100% tourist trap, so don't go there if you're looking for a locals' experience.
-Visited Chinatown
-Visited some tower (can't remember the name) that gives you a good view of the city and the bay.
-Visited the "Painted Ladies" and the Mythbusters building just to say we did.

All in all, there's a ton to keep you occupied if you just walk around and see the sights.

sd4chiefs
10-13-2010, 11:33 AM
If you walk by a homeless person DO NOT make eye contact.

DaFace
10-13-2010, 11:36 AM
One thing to note: the Alcatraz tours book up reasonably early, so you'll want to order tickets online beforehand if that's something you want to do.

gblowfish
10-13-2010, 11:41 AM
Go to Oakland.
Wear you Chiefs stuff.

Otter
10-13-2010, 11:42 AM
If you walk by a homeless person DO NOT make eye contact.

If a big guy with a gray beard and a shirt that says "I Am A MotherFucker" tells you to STFD on the bus do it!

patteeu
10-13-2010, 11:44 AM
One thing to note: the Alcatraz tours book up reasonably early, so you'll want to order tickets online beforehand if that's something you want to do.

Repost, but I guess it's worth repeating every half dozen posts or so. :p

BIG_DADDY
10-13-2010, 11:52 AM
It's a shame you missed fleet week last weekend it's pretty incredible. That being said the NLCS is in town the 19th, 20th and 21st. Huge games in an unbelievably beautiful ballpark. Wine country is a must, you simply have to go up there for a day.

thecoffeeguy
10-13-2010, 12:19 PM
Check out the Castro district, preferably at night. :D

Goldmember
10-13-2010, 12:20 PM
Check out the Castro district, preferably at night. :D

On Halloween night :)

Dicky McElephant
10-13-2010, 12:27 PM
You should do a tour of Alcatraz, but if that interests you you should make reservations online today because it's frequently sold out a few days in advance.

This.

Otter
10-13-2010, 12:30 PM
On Halloween night :)

Dressed up a construction worker, police officer, Indian or a sailor preferably.

Mojo Jojo
10-13-2010, 12:30 PM
Must do...
Alcatraz
Anchor Steam Brewery Tour
Lombard Street...fun to drive, but try to walk it...great workout
Take a day trip to wine country.
Ride the trolley/cable cars

Must eat...
Scoma's...one of the best meals in my life
Get some fresh clam chowder in a bread bowl on the pier.

patteeu
10-13-2010, 12:30 PM
This.

LMAO It was due.

DaFace
10-13-2010, 12:53 PM
Repost, but I guess it's worth repeating every half dozen posts or so. :p

Heh. Note to self: read thread before responding.

BigCatDaddy
10-13-2010, 01:17 PM
You are going to catch the gheys.

sfchief
10-13-2010, 01:22 PM
Must do...
Alcatraz definately
Anchor Steam Brewery Tour yep
Lombard Street...fun to drive, but try to walk it...great workout Its a road (They run downhill bigwheel on Easter its awesome)
Take a day trip to wine country. Russian River valley is much cheaper and just as good, you pay for the the fancy tasting room in Napa
Ride the trolley/cable cars meh

Must eat...
La Taqueria 25th and Mission(best taco this side of the border)
Scoma's...one of the best meals in my life yep
Get some fresh clam chowder in a bread bowl on the pier absolutely take a picture with the bushguy and sealions then get the hell out of there


The food is the best part of the city

Tribal Warfare
10-13-2010, 01:36 PM
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May God be with you

Contrarian
10-13-2010, 03:32 PM
Screw all that touristy crap!
If you want some nightlife and a contact buzz go to the Boom Boom Room. Hotties in gonja coma's rubbing up against you ALL NIGHT LONG or maybe longer. There's dudes there to so be careful, ya know..uh..San Francisco.
One of my favorite places is Biscuits and Blues cause I like listening to some kick ass blues music.
Little Italy is probalby one of my faves plus it's right across from the adult district. Stripper and lasagna ya know. Honestly though a car isn't necessary and if you get caught parking in the wrong place it's $150 a ticket probably more now.
You really can walk everywhere or trolly it if your fat ass can't get up the hills.

Pawnmower
10-13-2010, 03:45 PM
I am going to focus on DAy Trip stuff, outside of SF since others already have mentioned the main attractions in SF.

Ok so after you do all the touristy stuff in SF like:

Alcatraz
Golden Gate Park
Coit Tower
Japanese Tea Garden
China Town
Taxi Down Lombardi while drunk (crookedest street in the world)
Pier 39
Fisherman's Wharf
Eat at Scomas (I like the one in in Sausilito , just on the otyher side of the Bridge out of SF)
etc...

If you get bored of doing all the traditional touristy things in the city, it is time to head up north.

I recommend taking a drive at least an hour north of the Golden Gate, on 101 and using the city of Santa Rosa as a base for some adventures. I dunno if you already have your hotel, but staying a couple nights in Santa Rosa would be fun. You can walk around downtown at night and hit a few bars and drive around during the day to see some sights. There are also some excellent restaurants & breweries in the area.

Here are some things you can do:

Wineries

http://www.sterlingvineyards.com/home <-- Sterling is very Cool for a day trip, about 45 minutes maybe from Santa Rosa, they have a tram that goes to the top of a hill where the winery is located. It is beautiful... also you could swing by the small town of Calistoga for lunch / sight seeing...Very cool little town

http://www.prwinery.com/ <-- Paradise Ridge winery....Bring a sandwich or some food and a bottle of your own wine, then go up there and buy a bottle and have a nice picnic at the top. It is a beautiful view, call them and see if theyre open till Sunset the day you are going to be there. It doesnt cost anything to go up there and view the sunset, and is really awesome. Great for taking pictures as well.

There are a million wineries within 45 minutes of Santa Rosa , so I won't bother putting any more unless you want me to...If you don't end up staying a night or two outside of SF, it is Still worth a day trip to go to Sterling & Calistoga IMO.

Breweries

http://www.lagunitas.com/ <-- Its in Petaluma about 45 mins North of SF, excellent Brewery with tours available daily I believe. Great Beer

http://www.russianriverbrewing.com/ <--- Russian River Brewing, right in downtown Santa Rosa...walking distance to the tons of other pubs and shops in Downtown SR. Excellent Beer.

http://www.bearrepublic.com/ <-- Bear Republic (In healdsburg, 75 minutes north of Golden gate, 15 minutes North of Santa Rosa)...fantasic beer in the little town of HEaldsburg.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Street_Aleworks <--- 3rd street ale works in downtown Santa Rosa....Good beer, cheap food....right in downtown SR ...Good place to hang out.

Beaches / Parks

This one is hard to recommend because I don't know the kinds of things you're interested in...The Beaches north of SF are very Beautiful...Rocky Cliffs overlooking the Ocean, with beaches you can hike down to and hike along the ocean and take pictures...Bring a little bottle of booze and some warm clothes... A light hooded jacket / pants cuz it gets windy a lot.

Heres some of my Favorite beaches:

http://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=12446&mode=sequential&flags=0 <-- Goat Rock (45 Minutes from Santa Rosa, BEAUTIFUL drive to get there )....Just feels good to walk along the beach for a while there...A great spot. It is right where 116 meets HWY 1 , right near where the RUssian River pours out into the ocean....Near the town of Jenner which is a good stop for lunch etc...

http://www.bodegabay.com/index.shtml (Bodega Bay...A little beach town....) You can have lunch here it is near HWY 12 and HWY1 Intersection.... Theres salt water taffy shops, kite shops, Fishing guides available, (group fishing tours too), Boat Rides etc....Cool little town to stop at while you drive up and down HWY 1 stopping at some beaches to take pictures. There are several beaches near By Bodega bay within 15 minutes drive or so.

Theres Way more beaches, but those are just two ideas...

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450 <--- Armstrong Redwoood Park

If you have never seen an Ancient Redwood, do yourself a favor and come to this park and hike around for an hour or so. There are some PRIZE examples of redwoods that will boggle your mind and make you feel like you are an Ewok in star wars. This park is RIGHT in between Santa Rosa and Jenner on 116 , very Near Korbel winery.... You could visit the park, visit Korbel, and hit Goat Rock Beach (above) and it would be a great day trip.


Restaurants

This is always Dicey, but I am going to give only a couple recommendations....If you want more recommendations in a certain price range, just ask me. I love food and I have eaten at quite a few restaurants in this area. I'll be adding more to this list for sure, but this is a start.

Hole in the wall:

http://www.dierksparkside.com/ <-- awesome breakfast and lunch, closes at 2:00 pm

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lolas-santa-rosa <--- Great Mexican food, CHEAP..One of the best Quesadillas you will EVER have...Order the Super QUesadilla Suiza with carne asada or Carnitas...Its like 6 bucks max, and will AMAZE you. Trust me on this. You have never had a quesadilla this good. Make sure to get the green salsa from the salsa bar. Get your food take out and take to a park or back to your hotel...It isn't really all that great of a neighborhood or place to sight see, just awesome food.

Medium

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lococos-cucina-rustica-santa-rosa <-- LA Cocos in Downtown Santa Rosa. If you're staying downtown, this is a convienient and GREAT little Italian place..You can get your buzz and food on then walk around to many nearby bars and/or shops. Solid Italian food....Busy / noisy / energetic atmosphere.

http://www.bistro29.com/ <--- bistro 29 (French) They have really good savory Crepes. You can get a Savory crepe and an appetizer and a beer/wine for not too much and will have a good meal. It is right downtown really close to Bars and shops.

Top

http://www.cyrusrestaurant.com/ <--- Cyrus. There are only 5 restaurants in the SF area that get 2 or higher Michelin Stars. This is one of them....You can go just to the bar and have a beer/glass of wine and an appetizer if you just want a taste of what the BEST restaurant in this area is like...Or you can have a meal there, and treat yourself. Amazing food, with the best service you can imagine. They wont make you feel out of place at all, they will make you feel right at home... It would be difficult and WAY more expensive to find better food and service than this ANYWHERE.

It is in a small town about 15 minutes north of Santa Rosa (75 minutes north of Golden Gate Bridge)....After you hit their bar (or if youre lucky enough to be able to have a meal there) you can walk round the 'square' in Healdsburg and hit some other bars and shops if you like. Cute little downtown area.


Hotels

This is also hit or miss, since I have no idea what price range you are in...If you are just gonna make a day trip and stay in SF then it doesn't matter, but I would highly recommend staying one night (at least) in Downtown Santa Rosa and then using Santa Rosa as a base to explore beaches / parks / wineries /breweries.

http://www.hotellarose.com/ <-- Hotel La Rose , right downtown...within walking distance to La Cocos and MANY other restaurants and bars.


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So, if you want any other recommendations for day trip stuff North of SF I would be glad to cme up with some more ideas and what not, based on things you like to do. Just let me know, I live here so I know whats up.

I Will work on this list some more when I get a chance, but if you let me know which things interest you I can work on that part of the list 1st. Ive been wanting to make a list like this for friends/family coming to visit so you have motivated me!

I can't stress this enough, but once you get north of the Golden Gate, the traffic isn't quite as bad and sinc eyou have a car...I would HIGHLY recommend taking some day trips or overnight trips...Especially since you have two weeks. Tahoe will be GREAT weekend, and I think your trip will be rounded out nicely by checking out the wine country.

MadMax
10-13-2010, 04:49 PM
Heading to San Francisco for 2 weeks Sunday. Never been there. I'll be there in time to try and catch the 49ers/Raiders game. Lake Tahoe on the weekend.

Any suggestions on must-see activities? Good sports bars to watch the games? Hoping the Giants beat the Phillies now.

I'll have a rental car. Is traffic as bad as LA?

Thanks




Lake Tahoe is awesome and I'm talking 30 years ago :)

MahiMike
10-13-2010, 06:35 PM
Public transit in SF is pretty good, so I might consider that for the game. The bus routes are often overcrowded with crazy Chinese people (no disrespect intended, but it's true), so be aware of that.

Cool stuff that we did in our rush vacation about this time last year:
-Visited Alcatraz
-Drove across the bay bridge and hung out in Sausalito
-Ate lots of food
-Hung around (a little) in the Fisherman's Wharf area. However, it's 100% tourist trap, so don't go there if you're looking for a locals' experience.
-Visited Chinatown
-Visited some tower (can't remember the name) that gives you a good view of the city and the bay.
-Visited the "Painted Ladies" and the Mythbusters building just to say we did.

All in all, there's a ton to keep you occupied if you just walk around and see the sights.

Kinda figured the wharf was a tourist trap. Was thinking about Chinatown. Went to the one in NY and they had the most disgusting food. Interesting culture though. Mythbusters huh? From the show of the same name? I thought they were out in the desert so they could blow stuff up. I'll have to go there to tell my son. Thanks.

MahiMike
10-13-2010, 06:36 PM
I am going to focus on DAy Trip stuff, outside of SF since others already have mentioned the main attractions in SF.

Ok so after you do all the touristy stuff in SF like:

Alcatraz
Golden Gate Park
Coit Tower
Japanese Tea Garden
China Town
Taxi Down Lombardi while drunk (crookedest street in the world)
Pier 39
Fisherman's Wharf
Eat at Scomas (I like the one in in Sausilito , just on the otyher side of the Bridge out of SF)
etc...

If you get bored of doing all the traditional touristy things in the city, it is time to head up north.

I recommend taking a drive at least an hour north of the Golden Gate, on 101 and using the city of Santa Rosa as a base for some adventures. I dunno if you already have your hotel, but staying a couple nights in Santa Rosa would be fun. You can walk around downtown at night and hit a few bars and drive around during the day to see some sights. There are also some excellent restaurants & breweries in the area.

Here are some things you can do:

Wineries

http://www.sterlingvineyards.com/home <-- Sterling is very Cool for a day trip, about 45 minutes maybe from Santa Rosa, they have a tram that goes to the top of a hill where the winery is located. It is beautiful... also you could swing by the small town of Calistoga for lunch / sight seeing...Very cool little town

http://www.prwinery.com/ <-- Paradise Ridge winery....Bring a sandwich or some food and a bottle of your own wine, then go up there and buy a bottle and have a nice picnic at the top. It is a beautiful view, call them and see if theyre open till Sunset the day you are going to be there. It doesnt cost anything to go up there and view the sunset, and is really awesome. Great for taking pictures as well.

There are a million wineries within 45 minutes of Santa Rosa , so I won't bother putting any more unless you want me to...If you don't end up staying a night or two outside of SF, it is Still worth a day trip to go to Sterling & Calistoga IMO.

Breweries

http://www.lagunitas.com/ <-- Its in Petaluma about 45 mins North of SF, excellent Brewery with tours available daily I believe. Great Beer

http://www.russianriverbrewing.com/ <--- Russian River Brewing, right in downtown Santa Rosa...walking distance to the tons of other pubs and shops in Downtown SR. Excellent Beer.

http://www.bearrepublic.com/ <-- Bear Republic (In healdsburg, 75 minutes north of Golden gate, 15 minutes North of Santa Rosa)...fantasic beer in the little town of HEaldsburg.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Street_Aleworks <--- 3rd street ale works in downtown Santa Rosa....Good beer, cheap food....right in downtown SR ...Good place to hang out.

Beaches / Parks

This one is hard to recommend because I don't know the kinds of things you're interested in...The Beaches north of SF are very Beautiful...Rocky Cliffs overlooking the Ocean, with beaches you can hike down to and hike along the ocean and take pictures...Bring a little bottle of booze and some warm clothes... A light hooded jacket / pants cuz it gets windy a lot.

Heres some of my Favorite beaches:

http://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=12446&mode=sequential&flags=0 <-- Goat Rock (45 Minutes from Santa Rosa, BEAUTIFUL drive to get there )....Just feels good to walk along the beach for a while there...A great spot. It is right where 116 meets HWY 1 , right near where the RUssian River pours out into the ocean....Near the town of Jenner which is a good stop for lunch etc...

http://www.bodegabay.com/index.shtml (Bodega Bay...A little beach town....) You can have lunch here it is near HWY 12 and HWY1 Intersection.... Theres salt water taffy shops, kite shops, Fishing guides available, (group fishing tours too), Boat Rides etc....Cool little town to stop at while you drive up and down HWY 1 stopping at some beaches to take pictures. There are several beaches near By Bodega bay within 15 minutes drive or so.

Theres Way more beaches, but those are just two ideas...

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450 <--- Armstrong Redwoood Park

If you have never seen an Ancient Redwood, do yourself a favor and come to this park and hike around for an hour or so. There are some PRIZE examples of redwoods that will boggle your mind and make you feel like you are an Ewok in star wars. This park is RIGHT in between Santa Rosa and Jenner on 116 , very Near Korbel winery.... You could visit the park, visit Korbel, and hit Goat Rock Beach (above) and it would be a great day trip.


Restaurants

This is always Dicey, but I am going to give only a couple recommendations....If you want more recommendations in a certain price range, just ask me. I love food and I have eaten at quite a few restaurants in this area. I'll be adding more to this list for sure, but this is a start.

Hole in the wall:

http://www.dierksparkside.com/ <-- awesome breakfast and lunch, closes at 2:00 pm

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lolas-santa-rosa <--- Great Mexican food, CHEAP..One of the best Quesadillas you will EVER have...Order the Super QUesadilla Suiza with carne asada or Carnitas...Its like 6 bucks max, and will AMAZE you. Trust me on this. You have never had a quesadilla this good. Make sure to get the green salsa from the salsa bar. Get your food take out and take to a park or back to your hotel...It isn't really all that great of a neighborhood or place to sight see, just awesome food.

Medium

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lococos-cucina-rustica-santa-rosa <-- LA Cocos in Downtown Santa Rosa. If you're staying downtown, this is a convienient and GREAT little Italian place..You can get your buzz and food on then walk around to many nearby bars and/or shops. Solid Italian food....Busy / noisy / energetic atmosphere.

http://www.bistro29.com/ <--- bistro 29 (French) They have really good savory Crepes. You can get a Savory crepe and an appetizer and a beer/wine for not too much and will have a good meal. It is right downtown really close to Bars and shops.

Top

http://www.cyrusrestaurant.com/ <--- Cyrus. There are only 5 restaurants in the SF area that get 2 or higher Michelin Stars. This is one of them....You can go just to the bar and have a beer/glass of wine and an appetizer if you just want a taste of what the BEST restaurant in this area is like...Or you can have a meal there, and treat yourself. Amazing food, with the best service you can imagine. They wont make you feel out of place at all, they will make you feel right at home... It would be difficult and WAY more expensive to find better food and service than this ANYWHERE.

It is in a small town about 15 minutes north of Santa Rosa (75 minutes north of Golden Gate Bridge)....After you hit their bar (or if youre lucky enough to be able to have a meal there) you can walk round the 'square' in Healdsburg and hit some other bars and shops if you like. Cute little downtown area.


Hotels

This is also hit or miss, since I have no idea what price range you are in...If you are just gonna make a day trip and stay in SF then it doesn't matter, but I would highly recommend staying one night (at least) in Downtown Santa Rosa and then using Santa Rosa as a base to explore beaches / parks / wineries /breweries.

http://www.hotellarose.com/ <-- Hotel La Rose , right downtown...within walking distance to La Cocos and MANY other restaurants and bars.


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So, if you want any other recommendations for day trip stuff North of SF I would be glad to cme up with some more ideas and what not, based on things you like to do. Just let me know, I live here so I know whats up.

I Will work on this list some more when I get a chance, but if you let me know which things interest you I can work on that part of the list 1st. Ive been wanting to make a list like this for friends/family coming to visit so you have motivated me!

I can't stress this enough, but once you get north of the Golden Gate, the traffic isn't quite as bad and sinc eyou have a car...I would HIGHLY recommend taking some day trips or overnight trips...Especially since you have two weeks. Tahoe will be GREAT weekend, and I think your trip will be rounded out nicely by checking out the wine country.

Holy crap! Nice work. rep. I've got some studying to do.

MahiMike
10-13-2010, 06:42 PM
It's a shame you missed fleet week last weekend it's pretty incredible. That being said the NLCS is in town the 19th, 20th and 21st. Huge games in an unbelievably beautiful ballpark. Wine country is a must, you simply have to go up there for a day.

Thanks. Definitely into the winery. Would love to see the ball game but figured tix would be tough to come by. I'll settle for 0-5 49ers ticket.

Pawnmower
10-13-2010, 06:43 PM
Holy crap! Nice work. rep. I've got some studying to do.

Thanks! I am working on a guide for friends and family when they come to the area, so its not a problem...

If you let me know who you are coming with (or if youre single), and what type of things you are into doing, I can try and put some specific things in that might appeal to you.

Keep in mind I'm gonna focus on the day-trip to the wine country type of theme, so if thats not somehting you are into then I can try to come up with some more SF things.

MahiMike
10-13-2010, 06:44 PM
Check out the Castro district, preferably at night. :D

pass.

DeezNutz
10-13-2010, 06:51 PM
Muir Woods. Get there early. 8:00 am and enjoy. You'll beat all the tourist buses. Then continue on to Point Reyes. Very, very enjoyable drive and day.

DaFace
10-13-2010, 08:31 PM
Kinda figured the wharf was a tourist trap. Was thinking about Chinatown. Went to the one in NY and they had the most disgusting food. Interesting culture though. Mythbusters huh? From the show of the same name? I thought they were out in the desert so they could blow stuff up. I'll have to go there to tell my son. Thanks.

Well, there ain't a lot to see at the Mythbusters place. It's just a shop way down south in an industrial area, but they do have a sign outside that's reasonably well-known to geeks like me who watch the show (M5 Industries) and a sign on the door that basically says "bug off." If you're a fan, it's fun to say you went, but otherwise, don't go too far out of your way to get there.

58-4ever
10-13-2010, 08:36 PM
I hear there are some interesting places on Castro St. If you get lost, tell one of the young lads that you are lost and looking for fun.

58-4ever
10-13-2010, 08:38 PM
Alcatraz
Golden Gate Park


China Town
Taxi Down Lombardi while drunk (crookedest street in the world)
Pier 39
Fisherman's Wharf
Eat at Scomas (I like the one in in Sausilito , just on the otyher side of the Bridge out of SF)
etc...

I did all these things from his list and had a blast!!

Stanley Nickels
10-13-2010, 08:54 PM
I'll be there starting Oct 30, until Nov. 21

petegz28
10-14-2010, 07:48 AM
Must do...
Alcatraz
Anchor Steam Brewery Tour
Lombard Street...fun to drive, but try to walk it...great workout
Take a day trip to wine country.
Ride the trolley/cable cars

Must eat...
Scoma's...one of the best meals in my life
Get some fresh clam chowder in a bread bowl on the pier.

Scoma's is AWESOME! I go there every time I go to SF.

Rain Man
10-14-2010, 10:50 AM
Be careful about the hookers. I heard about one guy who brought a hooker into his room, and he woke up the next morning hooked up to an IV in a bathtub full of ice, and the hooker had taken his heart. Yes, he left his heart in San Francisco.

MahiMike
10-14-2010, 12:24 PM
ok, question for Pawnmower or other guys in the know. If I fly into SF Airport about 11:00 a.m., should I just take the transit system to Fisherman's Wharf and back BEFORE I get the car? I heard the traffic is really bad. I need to be in Palo Alto in the evening.

DaFace
10-14-2010, 01:11 PM
ok, question for Pawnmower or other guys in the know. If I fly into SF Airport about 11:00 a.m., should I just take the transit system to Fisherman's Wharf and back BEFORE I get the car? I heard the traffic is really bad. I need to be in Palo Alto in the evening.

I'm not an expert, but my opinion...

It's debatable. I think parking around Fisherman's Wharf is a bit of a pain in the ass, but there's not a direct route to get there on public transit. You'd need to take a BART train to the Embarcadero stop, then a street car to get you up the Embarcadero to the Wharf. According to Google, that'll take you over an hour compared to about half an hour in your car.

We managed to do SF without a car at all, but since you'll have it, I'd probably just use it for that long of a trip.

Pawnmower
10-14-2010, 03:06 PM
ok, question for Pawnmower or other guys in the know. If I fly into SF Airport about 11:00 a.m., should I just take the transit system to Fisherman's Wharf and back BEFORE I get the car? I heard the traffic is really bad. I need to be in Palo Alto in the evening.

IMO no. Just get your car at the Airport and go park it by the wharf / pier 39....Going back to the airport and getting your car would be much more of a hassle IMO. Are you staying in a hotel in Palo Alto? If so I guess you'll have to park your car on the street or in a lot while you are walking around , but it would be worth the money to not have to go back to the Airport IMO.

Another thing you could do is park a ways away from the wharf/ pier 39 and just walk a few blocks...it might save you some coin...I'll try to see if I can find a good lot for you.


edit:

If you look at this map, youll be wanting to walk up and down pier 39 (tons of shops/bars /restauants on pier 39) and go to the Aquarium probably...and hit Fisherman's wharf and stuff...maybe jump on a cable car...Have some brews...

Theres garages and lots around, you really shouldn't have a problem, especially if you try a couple blocks back from the Pier & wharf and then walk.

Map: http://tinyurl.com/2fqtknm

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MahiMike
10-14-2010, 03:40 PM
Thanks guys! I really appreciate the info.