Scheduled some time off near the end of July for my birthday weekend. I had planned on going to Columbus or Raleigh for some gatherings being held in those two cities that weekend. because of the cost of gas, I checked Independence Air to see about cheap flights. Well found out that they now fly to San Francisco. And fares right now are super cheap. So I am thinking of going. This is where I would like some suggestions from you all. I am looking for cheap but nice places (and safe) to stay there. The last time I was therein 1996, stayed at the Hilton in the Financial District. Wouldn't mind that area again, but would entertain something close to or in the Castro or SOMO areas. The last time I was there I did the Coit Tower thing, the Wharf, Lombard Street, you know the usual stuff. This time I would like to spend more time in Chinatown, the Castro area, the Haight area perhaps. I plan on doing a bit of photography on this trip. Looking for other suggestions. I will be without a car. Any decent local (not tourist) places to eat that I should checkout? Thanks for the help.