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San Francisco Tips??
I am going to San Francisco from April 12-19. C is going to the RSA conference, and I'm tagging along for the free lodging and a chance to see the city.

I went there once as a child, but not since. The only thing I know about the city is Ricearoni and that they have a big bridge. I alsohave a vague memory of a long zig-zaging road down a hill. So...what should I do and see while I'm there?? I'm going to look for a guidebook of some sort, but would be very interested to hear recommendations from you guys as well. I won't have a car, but I'll be staying in the Center Of The Theater District, according to the hotel's website.
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mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: March 28th, 2003 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
At night, go downtown and check out the 111 Minna St Gallery. I hooked up with a bunch of folks when I went out to the bay area and they took me there. It's a really fun/unique club and it's smoke free. :)

I'm thinking I wrote all about what I did out there back in early June of last year. Lookup my LJ from back then if you want to check it out, though most of my time was actually spent in San Jose rather than San Francisco.

Have fun! San Francisco is a really really neat city.

bjohnson From: bjohnson Date: March 28th, 2003 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Couple of Ideas...

SFMOMA is very nice. Not as nice as the real MOMA in NYC, but nice.

City Lights bookstore. Everything's there. Must see.

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Not a bad Chinatown.

Groovy Shops south of market around South Park.

...I'll think on this some more.
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: March 28th, 2003 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)


maybe we can get together or something! We're just across the bridge (not the Golden Gate, well not optimally, anyway - over the Bay Bridge) and would love to see you.

Alcatraz is really fun and interesting, and just by virtue of the fact that you have to catch the boat out there you'll also get to wander around Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39! You may want to get advance tickets, although it may not matter in non-summer months.

We're having FABULOUS weather right now- hope it's that way when you're here!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 28th, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


I was hoping you might suggest that, since I thought you might live in that vicinity. I don't know anything about the area, and I haven't bought my guide-book yet...but YES, let's aim to try and meet up, that'd be great.
zenmondo From: zenmondo Date: March 28th, 2003 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
You gotta visit this bar on Geary St. called Ireland's 32. Its an Irish Republican bar, and they guy that owns it, Jack Webb, is a spokesman for Sinn Fein.

Go see a broadcast of the Screen Savers on TechTV. I've been meaning to do this myself, tickets are free. But its really geekly. I don't know how much of a geek you are, but I guess you have to have leanings, since you use the Java mascot for userpics.

Make a speech in Union Square. Go on, you know you want to. Don't let crazies have all the fun!

I'll probably think more later.

Funny though, the wife, buffalogal was just saying this morning how we need to go to the city... if we only had some money...

juliebata From: juliebata Date: March 28th, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

What to do?

As someone who lived close to San Francisco for 4+ years, I didn't actually get up there all that often. Driving downtown is quite nerve-wracking! Yet these days, whenever I see the city on TV, I get all weepy and nostalgic. There's this one car commercial that chokes me up every time....
If you like touristy things, there's always Fisherman's Wharf, or Chinatown. I like to poke around in every little shop! The Maritime museum is also very cool. Definately get out and walk around! I don't know if you like animals, but if you do, San Francisco has a fantastic zoo! Not close to downtown, but that's what taxi's are for! Great shops in Japantown, too! The Hello Kitty mega-store in Union Square was always a favorite, but that's just me...
Take a sweater, you might not see that much sun. Maybe check in with whumpdotcom right before you leave for the local forcast.
Can I go too?! I'm small, I'm sure I could fit in your luggage!
I won't be any trouble, honest! Seriously, I'd love to get back to the Bay Area for a visit someday, I left many, many friends there.
Just once, before I die.....

encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 28th, 2003 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Try this

http://www.fodors.com/ saves you buying a travel guide.
figure_skater From: figure_skater Date: March 28th, 2003 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)


Just wanted to thank you soo much for the code! I really appreciate it. Have fun in San Francisco, I'm sure you'll have a blast!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 29th, 2003 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)


No problem...welcome to LJ!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 7th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
From Shane email:
Try the Tadich Grill in San Francisco when you're there. Plus Top of the Mark for the view.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: April 9th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you have the time and transportation, head north to Stinson Beach and play on the beach/ocean. it's a really pretty drive, and was my favorite part of my trip out there a few years ago.

there's always the Good Vibrations (http://www.goodvibes.com) stores & vibrator museum, too (;

oh yeah... don't forget stamps for POSTCARDS!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: April 10th, 2003 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)

quite jealous of your fun trip to San Fran!

definitely visit the Haight/Ashbury district.... a friend of mine lived for several years right in that hip district... visited him a few years ago... Haight Street is full of loads of fun funky shops... 'used' & new retro clothing stores all along side each other... also be sure to visit the immense and famous Ameba Records at 1732 Haight Street (their website no longer seems to work.. :-( ... just about the largest secondhand & new record shop anywhere... loads of records, cds, and movies... a very fun place to get lost in for hours looking for obscure artists and the like- also on Haight St. (I don't recall the name of it, but it's bound to still be there) was another San Fran. establishment... this large and fantastic TexMex Burrito place... slightly reminded me of Seinfeld's Soup Nazi... stand in line and order quickly exactly what you want...or else get trampled on by the hungry natives that you're holding up... ;-)
also there's the famous Dutch Windmill in the park on the tip of the peninsula near the Golden Gate Bridge...
also just recently I read about the San Francisco Wave Organ
from an article in the New York Times Magazine.... looks pretty darn cool...

I'm sorry that I didn't know about it when I was out there myself... according to the creator Peter Richards "It's best at high tide," he said. "Unfortunately, high tide is at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday. You better bring caffeine."

but anyhow... here are some additional links to find more fun things to do can be found at either
San Fran Exploratorium
New York Times Travel

one word of caution... the Pacific Ocean is pretty darn big and quite cold... I was there in early August... CA weather was as always, loads of sun and very hot. Even so, you'd be quite surprised how cold it gets in the evenings, once the cool fog rolls in from the Ocean and covers the peninsula... try and get to a high point on one of the hills south of the city overlooking both the inland bay and the ocean... and just watch the evening fog roll in and over the hills of San Francisco... so make sure to bring cold weather gear (more so in this early spring stage...)

enjoy!! and we want plenty of pics of your trip!!! ;-)
cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 10th, 2003 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Elaine from VeriSign suggests half-moon bay and dinner at a place called the cliffdweller or the distillery overlooking the bay, or down in carmel... and is going to send more info... she thinks we should do the 9am tour to have more free time to do stuff, especially if we want to see the aquarium.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 10th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is reasonable to me, if you think it's workable. Definitely worth seeing lots, as long as we're out there!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 10th, 2003 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Elaine mentioned a movie called Laurel Canyon about LA, and also mentioned going to see the botanical garden, the bridge, stuff like that before we go down to the bay area. She's interested in knowing what kinds of things you'd like to do, if you want to try an email.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: April 10th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good Books

Fodor's Rock and Roll America for history and night spots.
Hidden guide to San Francisco and Northern California.
Literary San Francisco by Ferlinghetti the guy who owns City Lights Bookstore don't forget to have coffee at the Vesuvio Coffe Shop next door.
Also on Columbus is a small tattoo museum and parlour.
Great Buildings of San Francisco
Among others....
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 10th, 2003 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sauselito (sp?)
notsmallenough From: notsmallenough Date: April 11th, 2003 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Giridelli square, Italian restaurant at the bottom of stairs, have dinner at sunset.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 11th, 2003 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
If we decide to go down to Monterrey Friday, Bob suggested a really nice place
that he stayed before, 831-625-5222
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