I'm surprised that for such a big city, no one's put together a POI file for it yet.
Sounds like it could be one for you to get started if your from SF. Sometimes that's all it take to get other's involved I don't know amything about SF myself.
Personally I hate driving around in SF, as it takes me longer to find parking than to take public transportation to go anywhere.
It looks like I am the only person signed up for the San Francisco, CA - Top Attractions file. I have never been to SF before so I don't have knowledge about what would be exciting in that area.
Who would like to be added to this file?
Come on don't be shy
A few places I remember from my limited time in SF:
Alcatraz Island: 37.8259°, -122.421° Not Sure if this should be included as you can't exactly drive there.
Boat ride to Alcatraz Island: 37.8090°, -122.4120° Grab the boat here to tour "The Rock". Nice ride through SF Bay and great tour.
Lombard St: 37.8021°, -122.4187° Sometimes called "the crookedest street in the world", although there are apparently streets with more twists and turns even in SF itself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombard_Street_(San_Francisco)
Golden Gate Bridge: 37.8190°, -122.4784° This description intentionally left blank.
Fisherman's Wharf sign: 37.8083°, -122.4157° If you're old enough to remember the TV show "Streets of San Francisco" (I'm certainly not that old... ), this is the sign shown at the start of each episode, and probably famous due to the show.
Forbes Island: 37.8105°, -122.4124° A man made island, now a restaurant.
TransAmerica Building: 37.7951°, -122.4027° The "pyramid" on the SF skyline.
how do u get to golden gate bridge? i was in sf last year w/o gps and drove myself to crissy beach (sp?) after making a wrong turn. then made another wrong turn and ended up going up a green hill/forrest before i continued my way to san jose. i basically saw the bridge from the beach but not much more than that (i.e. couldn't walk across)
We didn't try to walk the bridge, but I think if you take the last ramp before the tolls heading north (SF side), you can park and walk across. This reminds me, we went to a great burger place just over the bridge in Sausalito, if I can recall the name I'll add it to the burger joint thread.
I just submitted a file of the following locations that I already had.
Cliff House, SF Zoo, SF Botanical Garden, Haight/Ashbury, Japanese Tea Garden, China Town, Transamerica pyramid, Union Square, Fishermans Wharf, Muir Woods, Coit Tower, Alcatraz Ferry, Ghirardelli Square, Cable Car, Cable Car Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies, Lombard St, Museum of Modern Art, De Young Museum.
I HATE the city!! Too many NO RIGHT TURN signs, and the traffic.....Oy Vey! (LOL) Not to mention is hard to park in the city when you drive a big truck.
RANT OFF...........I now return you to your regularly scheduled topic discussion. (LOL)
Sorry Clint, but I think San Fran is the nicest city in US. I do agree that parking is a huge problem if you do not know your way around. I usually use BART then walked except for a few times. The spot that I always seem to find parking is around Montgomery and Broadway on a side rd.
post from socalbosoxgal:
" I traveled frequently to San Francisco on short trips from Los Angeles, so I have a bit of my experience to share. I now actually recently moved to the Bay Area; you are going to love it! Here is what I would recommend.
If you are staying downtown, you really don't need a car. The city is dense and most things are fairly easy to get to on foot, via bus, BART, taxi, etc. Parking downtown is very difficult and expensive.
Get yourself an SF Bay City Guide (found for free at most hotels) and there is a handy center section with the downtown street maps, bus routes, BART, etc. This is all you really need to get around. If you've ever taken public trans, it is pretty easy to follow.
If you are not staying in the downtown area, then you should have a car, but be forewarned that any parking in the city is outrageous and you will have to deal with somewhat daunting one-way streets, buses, trolleys and pedestrians.
SIGHTS TO SEE
Union Square shopping, Chinatown, North Beach, Washington Square Park. These areas are close together and completely walkable. I start in Union Square, check out the shops and then I walk up Stockton or Grant street through the Chinatown gates. The shops are your usual novelty fare, but also some authentic culture mixed in, very historic. Then if you keep going you'll hit Columbus Ave. where North Beach (Little Italy) begins. Lots of sights to see, great places to eat, people watching. Then I keep going up Columbus Ave until I get to Union St. where Washington Square Park is and the church. It's not awe inspiring, but a good place to plop down on the grass and take a breather, watch the dogs play, etc. Nightlife wise, downtown and North Beach have plenty of venues.
Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. These are very touristy and the Pier is very commercial, but worth a look and can be fun for first timers. Again you can walk from North Beach here if you keep going on Stockton, or just take a bus. If you go to the wharf, you can get a good bowl of clam chowder, check out the Musee Mechanique (old arcade museum with fortune telling machines, old movie clips, moving sets, etc.) - it's free and is unique. At the Pier, I would recommend the Bay Cruise (the one that goes under the Golden Gate Bridge). I wouldn't do the Alcatraz one. It's kind of depressing and takes a lot of time. When you take this cruise, from the coast to the jail is a good, long hike and when you get in they give you these headsets and you pretty much roam around on your own until it's time to go. If you're an Alcatraz enthusiast, then you'll love it. I prefer the Bay Cruise, again on a clear day, breathtaking. You can see Alcatraz from the Pier and from anywhere near the bay and it's still awesome. I usually hang out a while at the Wharf/pier then I take the old historic trolley on The Embacadero and take it back to Powell (downtown) where your hotel probably is. Really convenient.
Golden Gate Bridge. You have to see this. There's a bus that goes right to it, I think bus 29. Great photo opps. I also recommend Golden Gate Park if you are into that. There's a lovely botanical garden and Japanese Tea Garden, also horseback riding. There is a bus that goes there too or take a taxi and you'll get there a little easier. I tend to get lost somehow going there via public trans.
Ocean Beach and Sutro Bath Ruins. A pretty cool view of the ocean and some cool ruins down below that you can walk down too. Used to be a grand bath house. There are pics of what it used to look like at the local shops.
Twin Peaks. One of the greatest views of everything on a clear day. A bus will take you close, but there is a hike up. Might be better to take a bus as close as you can and then call a cab from there and have him wait for you. I used to go there from Haight Ashbury (which is really not magical at all. Just a bunch of bong shops and not very interesting).
IF YOU HAVE A CAR
Sausalito is a quaint seaside town and you get an across-the-bay view of San Francisco.
Muir Woods and Muir Beach are great to see. Pelican Inn at Muir Beach is a quaint English restaurant and inn that has been there a long time. Fish and chips are delciious there.
In San Fran, Lombard Street is pretty wild to see once, the crookedest street in the US supposedly.
THINGS YOU CAN SKIP AND SEE NEXT TIME
Postcard Row (of Victorian Style homes) ala Full House. Kind of interesting, but out of the way.
Japantown - it's an indoor mall and has some interesting Japanese shops, but no big whoop.
Coit Tower - you can take a bus up there and it's a pretty good view but nothing like Twin Peaks.
Haight Street - not very intersting anymore, other than its historical significance.
Ghiradelli Square - just a shopping square and not very interesting either. Union Square has enough shops to satisfy the shopping enthusiast.
Looks like you already had the text and just needed the coordinates.
can't help on this one.
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