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Unread 08-09-2014, 09:03 AM   #1
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San Francisco vacation ideas. Non jeep

I'm coming out that way for a quick trip with my sister. Any off beaten ideas or places to check out would be nice to hear. Thanks.

Going in October.

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Depends on your definition of off beaten and how far you're willing to drive and what you're interested in?
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Depends on your definition of off beaten and how far you're willing to drive and what you're interested in?
Not nessasarily far, I was just looking for ideas of destinations from locals.
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If I were to go,,,,,just a few places .


http://www.maritime.org/pamphome.htm

http://www.nps.gov/safr/index.htm

http://www.fishermanswharf.org

http://www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm
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The cable car museum is interesting

If you want to see Alcatraz I think you need to book that ahead of time


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You like to eat? I like to eat!

Go to the Ferry building, grab a sample tray from Boccalone, get yourself some good cheese from the cowgirl creamery, some good bread from Acme bread company, the grab a beer and walk outside to eat and watch the boats of SF bay! Don't forget to grab a few raw oysters before you head outside, the Ferry building is awesome and it's a foodies paradise.
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Awesome! Thanks guys. it looks like we will be incorporating a lot of these ideas. Thanks again!
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Drive to muir woods. Stop in sausalito after the gg bridge and eat there. The best view of the city is outside the city.
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I have some questions about your plans.

Are you staying in San Francisco?

If so, do you plan on spending most of your time there?

It is one of the hardest cities in California to park. So if you plan on taking in the city, you should find a Hotel that will have a parking alternative for your car. It is one of the easiest cities in California to get around in without a car. Buy a Cable car pass for as many days that you are planning. Don't be afraid of grabbing a taxi. Nothing is very far away. But everything is more expensive.

If you are going down to the pier, right across the street from one of the cable are turnarounds, is the Buena Vista Irish Pub. They have the best Irish Coffee this side of the Pond. A couple of those, and your day on the pier will be so much better.

http://www.thebuenavista.com/home/irishcoffee.html

If you like Chinese food, you must go to China Town. However some of the best Dim Sum I have ever had isn't in China Town. You might want to take the car out of the parking lot for this one.

http://www.tonkiang.net/

I like to have Dim Sum as a brunch. But if you go there on a weekend, expect it to be busy.

There's an Avaunt Guard, musical theater for some night life. It's called "Beach Blanket Babylon".

http://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/

A relatively inexpensive hotel near the Pier, and close to a cable car turnaround is The Tuscan Inn. The rooms are large, and they do provide parking for a fee.

http://www.tuscaninn.com/san-francis...ans-wharf.html

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I have some questions about your plans.

Are you staying in San Francisco?

If so, do you plan on spending most of your time there?

It is one of the hardest cities in California to park. So if you plan on taking in the city, you should find a Hotel that will have a parking alternative for your car. It is one of the easiest cities in California to get around in without a car. Buy a Cable car pass for as many days that you are planning. Don't be afraid of grabbing a taxi. Nothing is very far away. But everything is more expensive.

If you are going down to the pier, right across the street from one of the cable are turnarounds, is the Buena Vista Irish Pub. They have the best Irish Coffee this side of the Pond. A couple of those, and your day on the pier will be so much better.

http://www.thebuenavista.com/home/irishcoffee.html

If you like Chinese food, you must go to China Town. However some of the best Dim Sum I have ever had isn't in China Town. You might want to take the car out of the parking lot for this one.

http://www.tonkiang.net/

I like to have Dim Sum as a brunch. But if you go there on a weekend, expect it to be busy.

There's an Avaunt Guard, musical theater for some night life. It's called "Beach Blanket Babylon".

http://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/

A relatively inexpensive hotel near the Pier, and close to a cable car turnaround is The Tuscan Inn. The rooms are large, and they do provide parking for a fee.

http://www.tuscaninn.com/san-francis...ans-wharf.html

Have fun!
Awesome. Thanks for all that good info. I will look into it all...

And we will not have a car for the time we are there.
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Ghirardelli Square is a fun place, pretty touristy tho.
Its also where the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and Hyde Pier
http://www.nps.gov/safr/index.htm


The Sutro Baths ruins are an interesting place to see
over by the Cliff House.

If you are interested in wine, i highly recommend getting with a day tour to Wine Country, its only an hour or so out of the city. Or if you are interested in BEER there are a couple good breweries in the city, Anchor Steam, 21st Amendment, Speakeasy, and others. Bay Area Brewery Tours would be something to look into as they operate out of San Francisco. FYI Tours at Anchor Steam are booked up to 3 MONTHS in advance, so if you want to do their tour I highly recommend trying to make a reservation asap.
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Ghirardelli Square is a fun place, pretty touristy tho.
Its also where the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and Hyde Pier
http://www.nps.gov/safr/index.htm


The Sutro Baths ruins are an interesting place to see
over by the Cliff House.

If you are interested in wine, i highly recommend getting with a day tour to Wine Country, its only an hour or so out of the city. Or if you are interested in BEER there are a couple good breweries in the city, Anchor Steam, 21st Amendment, Speakeasy, and others. Bay Area Brewery Tours would be something to look into as they operate out of San Francisco. FYI Tours at Anchor Steam are booked up to 3 MONTHS in advance, so if you want to do their tour I highly recommend trying to make a reservation asap.
Isn't there a ferry boat wine tasting tour? Since they won't have a car.
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no the wine tasting tour bus meets in the city and drives over the bridge and north. Just gotta hop a streetcar to the wharf for some of em
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Ghirardelli Square is a fun place, pretty touristy tho.
Its also where the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and Hyde Pier
http://www.nps.gov/safr/index.htm


The Sutro Baths ruins are an interesting place to see
over by the Cliff House.

If you are interested in wine, i highly recommend getting with a day tour to Wine Country, its only an hour or so out of the city. Or if you are interested in BEER there are a couple good breweries in the city, Anchor Steam, 21st Amendment, Speakeasy, and others. Bay Area Brewery Tours would be something to look into as they operate out of San Francisco. FYI Tours at Anchor Steam are booked up to 3 MONTHS in advance, so if you want to do their tour I highly recommend trying to make a reservation asap.
Definately going to try to check out the first two.
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Not nessasarily far, I was just looking for ideas of destinations from locals.
If no car... a cable car pass could work. But it can get very crowded. Mid week is better... go early.
I'm a bit of a WWll nut. Down at fishermen's warf is a maritime museum that includes the USS Pampanito WWll submarine and one of the merchant marine cargo ships.
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