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Vacations and World Travel Visiting our beautiful city? Come stay at the Arbutus Vista - Vancouver's Bed & Breakfast.
How was your trip? Which tour packages would you recommend/avoid? Must do's and must eats? Share tips, photos and experiences with other senior RS members who just want to get away..

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Old 08-27-2023, 02:21 PM   #1
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San Francisco

I'll be in the area soon and I might have a bit of free time, most likely in the evenings. Any suggestions on what to check out down there would be great. The only thing I know about San Fran is the bridge lol.
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Pier 49 is the big touristy pier area with a Bubba Gump and the popular clam chowder in sourdough bowl place, etc... but I actually like the east side piers (on a map, Pier 27 and southward toward the ferry building (which houses a day market -- maybe not useful to you) there are some neat warehouse based taverns and stuff there.

I like the Mission district myself for restaurants and stuff. If you like baseball there's Oracle Park there for a game if the Giants are in town perhaps... it's a cool location on the waterfront... the BART is around for cheap traspo but it can be a bit sketch at night lol
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Was there a couple weekends ago:
- spend most our time in the north beach area, seemed to have the best food and 'vibe'. Lots of outdoor seated food spots, mostly Italian. restaurants I liked
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- dinner at House of Prime Rib was a fun experience
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- always enjoy the irish coffee and other drinks here
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- really good view and Birria
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Go to Tartine and Arsicault, compare the croissants and decide which is better. As good as France.

Good Good Culture Club is a terrific fun restaurant.
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There's a bunch of boat / ferry services in the area.

Always cool the see cities from a unique angle
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If you're into tech, I rented a car to go down to San Jose/Silicon Valley area. I went to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View and I thought it was pretty neat

Alcatraz Tours is pretty cool as well. Fisherman's Wharf is a big touristy area like 68Style said.

If you're into sports, could catch a 49ers or Giants game
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Second the Alcatraz tour. If you're free at night take the night tour instead as they'll give you a guide that'll tell you all the stories about the escape attempts and famous criminals they had. Otherwise the day tour is just an audioguide.

Also check out the Ferry Bldg on the Embarcadero for restaurants. Golden Gate park is also cool all the way out to Ocean Beach - it's like Tofino out there

You probably won't have enough time but if you can stay the weekend the real attractions of the area is State Highway 1 down to Big Sur and Napa/Sonoma Valleys

Any restaurant recos I have are probably out of date (10+ years old) but I do remember their Chinatown actually having really good Chinese food.
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I went on the night Alcatraz VIP tour and it was beyond fantastic, especially being there when its dark out. I'm a massive fan of Sausalito which is on the other side of the Golden Gate, it honestly felt like I was in a different country.
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Be careful making the wrong turn in the tenderloin area at night. It's sketch as fuck. People think dtes is bad...

Also dress warm, it's always cold AF there even in summer.
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make a reservation here. Prohibition style bar you need a secret code to get in and then you sit at a candle lit table where there is no power. Drinks were fantastic and had such a cool ass vibe.


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Sweet Maple is a breakast/brunch spot which is so good, you need to get the millionaire's bacon which I have been craving to this day. Normally they have big lineups but it moves really fast.

I walked along the water going into random bars for dinks along the way which was a blast as well with some many great and interesting spots and markets along the way.

Crab House on Pier 39 is a must go to spot as well if you like seafood.

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The hop on/off buses are really nice as well, get a day pass and hop on a off which will save you from taking Ubers all over.
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I didn't end up having much free time there, I was staying in San Leandro and I misjudged how long of a drive it is back to San Fran. I did manage to go for a bit of a drive one evening and see a couple things. It's definitely a cool area that I'd like to spend more time in.











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I'm a massive fan of Sausalito which is on the other side of the Golden Gate, it honestly felt like I was in a different country.
Thanks for mentioning this, I would've just driven past on the highway but instead I went down the waterfront and it really does feel completely different. I'd love to be able to stay there sometime.
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Beautiful shots! I need to make a trip out there
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