San Francisco: tourist points within 8 hours

 

I have a challenge for you guys! My wife an I are connecting in SF for 11 hours on Sep. 23rd (Thursday) from noon to 11PM (on our way to Australia ... mileage = free tickets, you can't be too picky what they give you! smile

Last time I went to SF was in '96. My wife has never been there.

Instead of sitting at the airport, or getting a cab (might be quite expensive!), I am planning on renting a car and driving her around. I guess we can be out close to 8 hours or less. I'm thinking of pre-loading a list of tourist locations on my GPS and then letting it build the most efficient route to cover them within this time frame.

Alcatraz should be out of question, it'd take too long.

My short list right now includes (in no particular order yet):
1) Golden Gate bridge: drive through, enter the park and snap some pics
2) Lombard St.: drive through and take some pics at the bottom.
3) Chinatown: drive through while sight seeing
4) Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square: park the car and walk around

For those familiar with the area, and with the traffic on a weekday (Thursday afternoon and evening), what else would you suggest?

Thanks for your tips and ideas.

Claudio

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More things to do

1. Haight Ashbury District
2. The Castro
3. Fort Point
4. The Presidio
5. Golden Gate Park

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SF

A beautiful city! My wife and I have visited a few times and love it but I strongly advise against a rental car. (Mainly high parking costs and availability.) I would suggest the BART into the city from the airport then bus, trollies, cable car and walking. Look into a daily travel pass (SFMTA Passport).

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good ideas

e_piph_a_ny wrote:

1. Haight Ashbury District
2. The Castro
3. Fort Point
4. The Presidio
5. Golden Gate Park

Hi, I appreciate your time! Great tips. Most close to the GGate bridge which makes it easier. I'll look for times of operation of those attractions that we need to park-and-enter.

Fort Point is a great idea. I've never had a chance to go there.

Thanks again smile

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only 8 hours

golfnm8 wrote:

A beautiful city! My wife and I have visited a few times and love it but I strongly advise against a rental car. (Mainly high parking costs and availability.) I would suggest the BART into the city from the airport then bus, trollies, cable car and walking. Look into a daily travel pass (SFMTA Passport).

I thought about it, but it would reduce the number of things to see in 8 hours dramatically. Golden Gate bridge for example would be impossible to reach the way you suggest. I'll study some more based on what you said, but my inclination is still for a rental car.

Thanks smile

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i'm another of those

that say take BART. You can do the downtown things and probably the Hashbury but not too much else. The Cable Cars are only there for the tourists, I guess you qualify but at $5 each one-way - sheesh!

Chinatown, North Beach, the ferry terminal and some strolling along Market with a bus or taxi to the Hashbury would be a busy time. I wouldn't stray too far from BART as your time nears an end. It can be crowded and it does take a while to get to and from the airport.

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San Francisco

The wife and I were in San Francisco in Sept 09. The way we got around was on the Trolleys...Like Box Car said the Cable cars are to expensive. Make sure you get to Alcatraz if in San Francisco....It was great seeing it. The view was teriffic and the boat ride was really nice. The best way to see San Francisco is by riding the double decker buses. They have a two day ticket that allows you to hope on and off anytime. We rode all over the city and the points of interest were described by audio triggered the GPS locations. The buses go over the Golden Gate to a overlook and just hop off and back on when the next bus arrives. You will enjoy the view. Be sure to visit the docks and see all the old boats and ships that were used way back when.

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this week.....thanks for the tips

Folks, you convinced me, instead of renting a car we'll be taking the BART and Trolley. We're heading to SF this Thursday on our way to Australia.

We should be able to get some 8 hours of sightseeing out of the 11hrs connection we have to make at the airport.

Thanks for the great ideas. I'll let you know how it went once we're back by mid-October.

Cheers,
Claudio

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I will go there someday, lol~

I will go there someday, lol~

It was great

Just back from Australia this morning. Trying to adjust back to our time zone and work tomorrow.

The day in San Francisco went great. Took the BART downtown, bought tickets for the cable cars and visit a lot of places. We got into one of those $15 3-hour boat rides at Fisherman's Warf which allowed us to see the Golden Gate, Bay Bridge and go around Alcatraz.

Got back to the airport with plenty of time for the connection.

Thanks again for the tips.
Claudio

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Welcome Back

Glad you were able to work out the transportation details and enjoyed your time.

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question

batera wrote:

Just back from Australia this morning. Trying to adjust back to our time zone and work tomorrow.

Thanks again for the tips.
Claudio

Just 1 question. Did you have to hold your GPS upside down while you were in Australia?

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Self-adjusting

Box Car wrote:
batera wrote:

Just back from Australia this morning. Trying to adjust back to our time zone and work tomorrow.

Thanks again for the tips.
Claudio

Just 1 question. Did you have to hold your GPS upside down while you were in Australia?

Fortunately not. I have a new unit that self adjusts!

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I know that the party is over, but...

I can't resist putting in my $0.02!

I would:

1) Rent a car
b) Drive to The Golden Gate Bridge and park on Marin County side and walk some of the bridge
III) Drive to Muir Woods National Monument and walk among the amazing redwoods
four) Drive to Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall and eat some of the local fauna
v) Drive back to the city, browse City Lights Bookstore, have a drink at nearby Vesuvio, then choose which ever restaurant tickles your fancy in Beldon Place (all near North Beach and the Financial District) or Hunan Home's in Chinatown (Beware, parking will is a NIGHTMARE in Chinatown)
Seis) Drive like CRAZY back to SFO!

I would give directions but you obviously have a GPS (or you took a very wrong turn on the internet....)

This itinerary gives you; urban and rural; coastline and big trees; beat poets and cows! Enjoy!

A Great

A great $0.02 DFSNapa, will have to try out your suggestions the next time I'm in Frisco. I just love the Bay area and SF is one of my favorite cities to visit. Thanks! grin

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Peter

Great....but late!

It is a great idea, but my trip is now over. I'll save it for a future occasion though.

-We took the BART metro from the airport to Powell St station.
-Bought tickets for the tram and cable car and rode it on two routes, sightseeing all the way.
-Got down the cable car on Lombard Street and took pictures.
-Walked to Fisherman's Wharf, sightseeing, window shopping, then took a 3-hour boat ride that takes you under the Golden Gate bridge and around Alcatraz, with nice view from the Bay Bridge and the city.
-Fresh bread and coffee at the Boudin Sourdough Bakery and Café. Also did a tour of their bakery.
-Took tram and cable car to Chinatown where we did more window shopping and picture taking.
-Visit the Financial District and walked back to Powell St.
-Shopping and dinner at the Westfield San Francisco Centre.
-Back to the airport and on to Australia. We slept well on the plane, exhausted and happy with a fun day in SF.

smile
Claudio

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Way to go!

Sounds like you made great use of your time!

I kinda left my heart in San

I kinda left my heart in San Fran last year. The wife and I are planning another trip back, but we will be renting a car so we will be able to see more of the area.
I stumbled on a site named AIRBNB.com recently and stayed in a terrific garden apartment in Texas. It was better than any Hotel that could be offered for 90 a day. Check it out if traveling around the world.

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Thanks for the tip

I'll check it out next time we travel.

smile

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