(Closed) Visiting San Fran. What should I do?

posted 12 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

wow, there’s lots to do in the sf area…hard to pinpoint what not to miss besides all the touristy things, such as visiting the golden gate bridge and seeing the full house homes. 

well here are some suggestions:  

  • sf vampire tour (http://www.sfvampiretour.com/) – i never went on this tour, but it seems fun…i heard it’s fun/
  • winchester myster house in san jose – it’s definitely a really cool historical tour about the quirky sarah winchester, and every friday the 13th (next one is feb 13), they have a flashlight tour.
  • alcatraz tour in the evening – seeing this part of san francisco at night is beautiful, and learning about this place is fascinating. 
  • either walk or bike across the golden gate bridge
  • if you go to napa, go to at least one of the smaller wineries.  you should stop by prager winery, which i believe is the only devoted port/sweet winery in the area, and it’s a fun, quirky place and has delicious wines…a great way to end the tour because it’s kinda like a dessert. you can also get a mud bath from the calistoga springs in calistoga, and check out old faithful geyser.
  • drive down hwy 1…saunter down one of the less touristy beaches in or near half moon bay and pacifica.  there’s a nice place near mavericks.  
  • if you haven’t before, get an in and out burger.  there’s one at the wharf.
  • there are great cafes/restaurants along valencia st in the mission district.  i tried dosas, serving south indian food, which was really good, and my friend loves the ice cream at bombay ice cream.
  • check out the local shops in the haight/ashbury area
  • eat at foreign cinema…never ate there (out of my price range right now), but a lot of foodies rave about this place.

these are the things that i know of sf, granted i only lived in the bay area for a few years.  if i come up with anything else, i’ll let you know.  i bet you can more ideas from the concierge or from the locals.

Post # 4
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Definitely go to the View Lounge at the Marriott.  Much less touristy than the Top of the Mark, and I think better view.  They have appetizers (which can make a light meal) and some v. good (if slighly overpriced) cocktails.  They open at 4PM, so depending on how clear it is you can go when it’s light out and see the bridge/water or at night and see the skyline (or sunset, I suppose, and see both).

I don’t know what type of food yo like or your price range, but I recommend One Market near the Ferry Terminal (they have a Michelin star even).  I also recommend "Gamin" which is a v. cute french bistro at the corner of Union and Steiner (not so pricy also).  The owner always has fabulous recommendations.  It’s also at the end of the Union St. shopping area which is great if you’re into boutique shopping.

If you go to Napa also try out Peju which is a v. cute french-style winery with beautiful grounds…and we always pick up a couple bottles (which are not sold in stores).  I like the Greystone restaurant also.

Wow, most everything here is about food and drink so far!  Okay, so in other stuff, check out the Japanese Garden in GGP.  Outside of SF, if you like Rodin check out the Stanford Museum (2nd largest Rodin collection in the world, as well as many other great exhibits).  

In SF, definitely head to Dolores Park in the Mission for a great view and there’s usually something going on in the park as well.  And you can learn about SF’s founding at the original Mission Dolores right next to it.

I can recommend many more, kind of depends on your interests: museums, outdoors activities, food, shopping etc.  If you PM me specifics I’m happy to give you more tps.

Post # 5
46 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

Go to the Ferry Boat Building (great food) and take the ferry to Sausalito – being on the water is the best way to see San Francisco.  

Walk through Golden Gate Park – the Japanese Tea Garden is a nice place to take a break and have tea/snacks.  The Academy of Sciences recently reopened and my friends say that it’s really great, but avoid it on the weekends since it may be overrun with people.  

Go to Chinatown.  Avoid buying too much of the random tourist stuff, but grab some dim sum!  Mmmmm… 

Clement Street is like a mini Chinatown and there are some great restaurants out there too.   Burma Super Star is one of my favorites.  

Post # 6
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Gosh, I don’t know all kinds of cool stuff to do in the city, but you guys have listed some great things that even I (a local) should check out!

Post # 7
1428 posts
Bumble bee

Trefethen vineyard in Napa is my favorite, if I lived in CA I would totally have my wedding there.

Post # 8
50 posts
Worker bee

For Napa, I also recommend, Cakebread Cellars, Domaine Chandon (for the bubbly) and Domaine Carneros for the mansion! 😉

In the City, there also the Palace of Fine Arts…also Japanese Tea Garden, MOMA…Oh and also a cool (new) place I just discovered, "The Press Club"-a wine tasting bar by the Four Seasons on Market St. 

Have dinner or lunch at Roy’s. It’s sooooooooooooo good.

 @browneyes-I’m so glad you mentioned Prager Winery; I’ve never been there but dessert wines and ports are my favorites and it’s nice to know there’s at least one there!

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