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Greetings!

I was wondering if some of the ranchers either living or visited San Francisco (bay area) give me some tips about places to see, visit and dine.

Thank you folks!
-H

(Of Course, my wife and kids will be with me)
 
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All I know about San Fran is Lombard Street.
 
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Also look for Bob Saget from Full House
 
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You need to check out Alcatraz

http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/

Be sure to take the audio tour of the cell block.

Enjoy.
 
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If you like garlic, (and I mean *really* like garlic), then the "Stinking Rose" is an interesting place to dine...

Last time I was there on vacation (most of the time, I am in the bay area on business), besides visiting friends, we went north to Napa for a day. We also stopped by the Jelly Belly factory on the way to visit something else (which I don't remember for some reason).

Fisherman's Wharf is worth a visit, especially if you like Dungeness Crab. You can also ride a cable car from there.

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If you like driving, then you must try the ocean road from San Francisco. I think its called the route 1, though I am not sure. That drive is really beautiful.

You can goto downtown, go in cable cars, goto the golden gate bridge. Also if you are planning to drive down south, you can see Santa Cruz(though I think its around 100 miles from San Francisco). You can goto Yosemite National Park, goto the 17 mile drive.

Have lots of fun.
 
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Take the ferry to Sausalito to a) enjoy the view of the Bay from the boat, b) see Sausalito, and c) walk back over the Golden Gate Bridge. It's a great day trip.
 
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See Fisherman's Wharf, Ghardelli Square, Union Square. The area around the convention center is neat too. China town, and above that is some great Italian restaurants.

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I agree with the posts above. There is a lot to see in San Francisco and the surrounding area.

The warf, MOMA, Metreon, and Union Square are close to each other. Route 1 is on the other side of the city. Cruising rte 1 is very nice if you have the time (it can take you to ~LA).

Lombard street, the curviest in the world (i have know idea if its true or not), is another attraction. You can can venture down Lombard and head towards the lighthouse (or outlook, cant remember), which has a nice view.

I would definitely check out the overlook by Golden Gate bridge on the way to Sausalito.

If you want to do something romantic with the wife, check out the private dining rooms at the Carnelian Room. It can be pricey, but the view and atmosphere are amazing.

Dont forget Golden Gate park.
Good Luck.
[ April 16, 2007: Message edited by: Rashid Mayes ]
 
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Check out North Beach (Italian District), Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio, Golden Gate Park, Pacific Heights, & Haight and Ashbury...

There's tons of great places to eat...

Go to the Shalimar:

http://www.shalimarsf.com/

Go to the one on Jones Street...

Cheers and have fun,
[ April 16, 2007: Message edited by: Unnsse Khan ]
 
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Check a list of San Francisco's neighborhoods and see which you are interested in. In particular, Chinatown, Japantown, Haight-Ashbury (home of hippies), "The Mission" (Latino district, lots of murals), Telegraph Hill with Coit Tower... Alternatively, take a look at 49-Mile Scenic Drive with its points of interest.

Most book stores have tons of guide books for all kinds of interests. If you will be near Union Square, and you probably will since Powell's street car is nearby, here is Borders store: 400 Post (Post & Powell streets).

Timewise, you might also want to check a list of events.
 
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Originally posted by Henry Wong:
If you like garlic, (and I mean *really* like garlic), then the "Stinking Rose" is an interesting place to dine...




It is also the place that Myself, Paul Wheaton, Marilyn de Queiroz, Jim Yingst and Michael Ernest had dinner once a few years back while i was visiting SF with my parents. One of my favourite restaurants I've ever been to.
 
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A friend took me on a day trip to the Muir Woods, across the bridge, off in the hills to some of the most amazing ancient trees. If you have a beautiful day to kill outdoors, it's worth seeing. I just googled to check the spelling and see there are bus tours from SF, but that doesn't sound near as pleasant as driving around at leisure.
 
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And if you happen to be north of the bridge, there's also Mount Tamalpais, from where you have a great view of the Bay, the city and the Pacific.
 
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And BTW, if you have 30 minutes to spare... located in Burlingame, right outside of SFO, is the Pez Museum.

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Crissy Field is a great place to walk along the bay and view the GG Bridge. If you walk west to near the foot of the bridge, you will see the very spot where James Stewart rescued Kim Novak from drowning in the movie Vertigo.

Also, if you love good causes and/or marine life, check out The Marine Mammal Center in Marin County. My brother has volunteered for over a decade now.
 
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Many thanks to everyone who responded, I will be happy to trade similar info for anyone visiting DC or Bangalore.

Now, for the hotel and rental car bookings

-Harsha
 
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