Trip to San Francisco

Discussion in 'Community' started by billyergs, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. billyergs macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Girlfriend and I wll be taking a trip to SF for 4 days next month. One of those days will be dedicated to Napa Valley. Are there any other sites that we should make an effort to see? Also, any advice on places to eat?
  2. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    I would definitely try to see the Golden Gate Bridge. I've seen it from afar and it's really a neat sight. May even try to check out the beaches as well. And of course why not Apple's headquarters in Cupertino? ;) Here's a thread about Apple's headquarters. Not sure if you could make a whole day out of it though....There's also some stadiums like SBC Park (formally PacBell Park) and the Oakland Coliseum. Also there's Alcatraz which is an old prison on an island in the middle of the bay. There's also some theme parks like Great America, Six Flags Marine World, etc. Those are just some of the things of interest. I'm sure more Bay Area residents will point out more and give you other tips.

    What will you be using for transportation? A popular transportation choice is BART.
  3. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    try the alcatraz thing thats fun sometimes scary if your group is full of people who are easily scared :D
  4. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    this question is posted like once a week here.
  5. Eevee macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2004
    New Haven, CT
    When you go to Napa Valley, make sure you visit Silver Oaks Cellars

    They have the best Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine tasting ($5) is fun and you get to keep the glass.

    In SF, you might want to drive down Lombard Street (the zig-zag street). :D

    There are tons of great places to dine in SF.
  6. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2004
    Livermore, Terre d'Ange, Bas Lag, Gallifrey
    Hmmm... Here's a few thoughts:

    * Coit Tower in North Beach - Best view of the city besides Twin Peaks
    * Twin Peaks - lovely place, great views of the entire Bay
    * Castro, just because - but honestly there's nothing to see except a bunch of shops with the occasional cool niche store thrown in.
    * Chinatown - one of the largest in the nation, has an official Gate at its entry, excellent to walk around in and absorb history, culture, food and trinkets
    * Mission - Great eating, interesting stores and shops, especially on Valencia Street, lots of murals on buildings and walls to see if you do walking around
    * Farmer's Market at the Embarcadero - Saturdays 8-2: really cool local food and crafty type stuff
    * The Presidio and Golden Gate parks - lots of history, beautiful vistas
    * The Cliff House - have a drink and watch the sun set, it's lovely
    * Ocean Beach (near the Cliff House) - not the Pacific at its most wild, rocky and cold best, but still very beautiful.
    * If you do book a tour of Alcatraz, I suggest getting the little audio headphones to accompany you - they add a lot to the experience.
    * Stay away fron Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 (unless you want to go see the sea lions, which is fun) - both are overridden with soulless capitalistic excess.

    Don't forget Oakland and Berkeley - there's lots to see in both of these towns if you want to take a day trip, and BART (previously mentioned), makes it easy to get to both.
  7. me_94501 macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2003
    To follow up FoxyKaye, here are some East Bay places to check out:

    -USS Hornet Museum (Alameda): an old aircraft carrier, now a floating museum; it's the ship that picked up the Apollo 11 crew
    -Jack London Square (Oakland): Jack London's old stomping grounds. A shopping/entertainment district along Oakland's waterfront; a few interesting shops, some good restaurants, some historical points of interest including the USS Potomac (FDR's "floating White House")
    -Oakland Museum of California: California history, artists, etc... The building itself is rather cool.
    -Chabot Space and Science Center (Oakland): planetarium-type deal in the Oakland Hills (which offer some great views of the Bay Area).
    -Oakland Zoo: a zoo, of course.
    -Oakland Coliseum (as mentioned earlier): take in an A's or Raiders game. If you go to an A's game, sit in the left field bleachers if you want to get the full effect.
    -College Avenue (Oakland): business district
    -Oakland Chinatown: not nearly as touristy as SF's Chinatown, but still interesting.
    -Oakland Botanical Garden (Oakland): treat your girlfriend to a day with flowers. :p
    -Lake Merritt (Oakland): Lake and adjacent park in the heart of Downtown Oakland. Great place for a picnic or just a walk around the lake.
    -If you want the biggest banana split you've ever had, be sure to visit Fenton's on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.
    -UC Berkeley campus (Berkeley): home of the free speech movement, it's a beautiful campus. Pay a couple bucks and go to the top of Sather Tower (the Campanile) for an amazing view. And if you're lucky, you might find me walking around. :)
    -Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley): You must experience it. There's no other place like it, especially when school is in session and the street is filled with students, street vendors, and, well, homeless.
    -Berkeley Fourth Street: shopping district worth checking out.
    -Bay Street (Emeryville): your typical upscale shopping mall. Has an Apple Store. :D

    -In SF, there's also North Beach near Chinatown. Mmm, Italian food.

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