- Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA
I third going to Sausalito, but be sure to go on a sunny day, as it can be pretty foggy and windy sometimes. There are some cute shops in the downtown area. You could also check out Muir Woods nearby if you’re up for a little nature/hiking.
If you are going to rent a car, this is a sample driving tour I put together for my out of town guests, although it’s really hard to see all of SF in a day, so it’s great you guys have 5 days.
10:30am Leave San Mateo Marriott, drive to San Francisco
11:15am Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to viewpoint (Note that there is a toll coming into San Francisco if you drive across the Golden Gate Bridge)
12:00pm Lunch at the Park Chalet on edge of Golden Gate Park, across the street from Ocean Beach
1:00pm Drive through Golden Gate Park, then check out Haight Ashbury neighborhood
2:30pm Shopping in Union Square
5:00pm Drive down Lombard Street
6:00pm See the sea lions and shops at Pier 39
8:30pm Watch the sunset from Coit Tower
9:00pm Dinner in North Beach
10:30pm Drive back to the Marriott
Here is a link to the map and driving directions to take this tour.
– Before lunch at the Park Chalet, take a hike along the Land’s End Trail, with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge
– Instead of lunch at the Park Chalet, Pier 39 has lots of good seafood restaurants
– Skip shopping in Union Square and visit the Exploratorium, de Young or Cal Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park
– Before or after seeing Pier 39, go on an Alcatraz tour, or visit Ghirardelli Square (but only if you really like chocolate, there isn’t that much else there)
– Our favorite restaurant in North Beach is the Stinking Rose, but there are lots of excellent restaurants in the historic neighborhood
Based on your budget, you might want to look at the Raddisson, Marriott, or the Hilton near Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll be near a lot of the things you’d want to see, and the rates are pretty reasonable (all around $150 a night).
And if you do decide to go to Sonoma, I can highly recommend Healdsburg Area Winery Tours. We did a tour with them in June, and Gene was a great tour guide. He drove us to 7 different wineries in his SUV, told us all about the area, and seemed to know everyone, so at lots of places we got free wine tastings. It was only $99 each for the day, and well worth it to not have to worry about drinking and driving. And the Healdsburg area is lovely, with great restaurants and shopping downtown.
Whew! Hopefully this will help with your planning!