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Old 05-27-2018, 03:23 PM
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A couple of years ago, I asked for info on the Grand Canyon and got some really good recommendations and info from the gang here so I thought I'd press my luck once again. Our 30th anniversary is coming up in September. We are going to fly in and out of San Francisco and will probably spend a couple of days there before heading to Sequoia National Forest. Looking for recommendations on things to do in San Francisco. Also hotels, restaurants, etc. and anything else along the way between the two destinations. We really prefer the self-guided type stuff. I'm not so interested in canned tours but If there was something that was really outstanding, then I might consider it.

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Old 05-27-2018, 03:44 PM
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Is there a reason you are choosing Sequoia over Yosemite? I've been to both and I think Yosemite has a wider variety of scenery and has some breathtaking views - plus it is closer to San Francisco. Sequoia has a few trees that are bigger than what you would see at Yosemite, but I think the trade off makes Yosemite a better choice.
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Oh man you are going to love it. SF is my favorite big city. So much to do and you really cannot go wrong. Easy to get around on BART and trolley cars. If you want to go iconic, consider the Westin St. Francis. Definitely ride the street cars, go down to the wharf. Walk along the water starting at Ghirardelli Square, past Fisherman's Wharf at North Beach, down the Embarcadero, ending at Rincon Park. Stop anywhere and have a bread bowl full of chowder. In the evening, head to Crissy Field and watch the windsurfing and kiteboarding. Do a bike or segway tour over the Golden Gate bridge, or just do it yourself. Once over the bridge head down to Sausalito, it's a neat little town. Definitely go check out Muir woods while you are on that side.

This goes without saying, but be a tourist and go to Alcatraz. It's an amazing experience. If you like history it's worth the trip. Also go walk through Chinatown and, if you are daring, go eat at any suspect looking restaurant and you probably won't be disappointed. To this day the best hot and sour soup I've ever eaten was served in a place that I had to descend a dank, dark staircase to find.

Have fun!
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We stayed in downtown San Fran. Took the trolley down to fishermans wharf and spent the day looking around. Another day we went to the Muir Woods and the third day we went to I believe it was Fairfield, CA and did a factory tour of the Budweiser plant and Jelly Belly plant. That was pretty neat. As places to eat go just expect to pay twice what you are used to. And the biggest thing to remember is bring plenty of clothes. Most days it is chilly and foggy a lot of times because of the bay. Drive inland 20 miles and it is way warmer.
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Old 05-27-2018, 04:37 PM
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If you go to Sequoia...also go to Kings Canyon...
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Would hit Wine country before going to the park.
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:47 PM
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Do Alcatraz, it is a must see. But, reserve it before you go, sells out quickly.
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:06 PM
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Yosemite is reservation only.
Try the beach chalet for lunch on the great highway and check out ocean beach
Ft Point under the south approach of the gg bridge is a cool civil war era ft with million dollar views of the bridge and bay.
Embarcadero and ferry terminal market is pretty cool.
Dizzy around gg park
Cross the bridge and exit to Marin headlands for billion dollar views.
Muir Woods is reservation only.
To see redwoods and bigger trees than Muir, go to Armstrong Woods in Guerneville about 1.5hr north.



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Originally Posted by aln View Post
Yosemite is reservation only.
Try the beach chalet for lunch on the great highway and check out ocean beach
Ft Point under the south approach of the gg bridge is a cool civil war era ft with million dollar views of the bridge and bay.
Embarcadero and ferry terminal market is pretty cool.
Dizzy around gg park
Cross the bridge and exit to Marin headlands for billion dollar views.
Muir Woods is reservation only.
To see redwoods and bigger trees than Muir, go to Armstrong Woods in Guerneville about 1.5hr north.


what do you mean reservation only? I have been to Muir several times with no reservation needed.
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Rent a Harley/BMW/Goldwing and do it on wheels
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If you go to SF make sure you get a poop map so you can avoid the outdoor bathroom areas, SF is literally an overpriced $hithole
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by rickpcfl View Post
Is there a reason you are choosing Sequoia over Yosemite? I've been to both and I think Yosemite has a wider variety of scenery and has some breathtaking views - plus it is closer to San Francisco. Sequoia has a few trees that are bigger than what you would see at Yosemite, but I think the trade off makes Yosemite a better choice.
When I was a kid I saw a picture of a car driving through a tree and I was fascinated that a tree could be that big. So, no really solid reason other than that. I guess it's just a sight to see in that area. I'll look into Yosemite. Thanks.
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Oh man you are going to love it. SF is my favorite big city. So much to do and you really cannot go wrong. Easy to get around on BART and trolley cars. If you want to go iconic, consider the Westin St. Francis. Definitely ride the street cars, go down to the wharf. Walk along the water starting at Ghirardelli Square, past Fisherman's Wharf at North Beach, down the Embarcadero, ending at Rincon Park. Stop anywhere and have a bread bowl full of chowder. In the evening, head to Crissy Field and watch the windsurfing and kiteboarding. Do a bike or segway tour over the Golden Gate bridge, or just do it yourself. Once over the bridge head down to Sausalito, it's a neat little town. Definitely go check out Muir woods while you are on that side.

This goes without saying, but be a tourist and go to Alcatraz. It's an amazing experience. If you like history it's worth the trip. Also go walk through Chinatown and, if you are daring, go eat at any suspect looking restaurant and you probably won't be disappointed. To this day the best hot and sour soup I've ever eaten was served in a place that I had to descend a dank, dark staircase to find.

Have fun!
Alcatraz and the wharf are on the list.

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We stayed in downtown San Fran. Took the trolley down to fishermans wharf and spent the day looking around. Another day we went to the Muir Woods and the third day we went to I believe it was Fairfield, CA and did a factory tour of the Budweiser plant and Jelly Belly plant. That was pretty neat. As places to eat go just expect to pay twice what you are used to. And the biggest thing to remember is bring plenty of clothes. Most days it is chilly and foggy a lot of times because of the bay. Drive inland 20 miles and it is way warmer.
Been on Bud tour in Tampa. I hate jelly beans so not much appeal to me. Thanks for the tip on the weather. I looked at average temps and it didn't seem too bad but fog would definitely change that.
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If you're up for a drive, go south and spend the day in Monterey. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best in the world and there's plenty of touristy stuff to make a great day trip.

I LOVE Chinatown (as said above).
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
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If you go to Sequoia...also go to Kings Canyon...
I was looking at some stuff on King's Canyon. Looks pretty cool. Thanks.

Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
Would hit Wine country before going to the park.
We aren't wine drinkers so I think that would be wasted on us.
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Yosemite is reservation only.
Try the beach chalet for lunch on the great highway and check out ocean beach
Ft Point under the south approach of the gg bridge is a cool civil war era ft with million dollar views of the bridge and bay.
Embarcadero and ferry terminal market is pretty cool.
Dizzy around gg park
Cross the bridge and exit to Marin headlands for billion dollar views.
Muir Woods is reservation only.
To see redwoods and bigger trees than Muir, go to Armstrong Woods in Guerneville about 1.5hr north.


We are definitely going to the Golden Gate Bridge, if for nothing else but to say we did. I find big construction amazing.

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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
If you're up for a drive, go south and spend the day in Monterey. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best in the world and there's plenty of touristy stuff to make a great day trip.

I LOVE Chinatown (as said above).
I was thinking of Monterey Bay but I'm not sure how we'll be able to squeeze that in. However, since we are not locked in just yet, I'm going to think about it a bit more. All's it takes is a little shuffling. And then some more. But that's part of the fun of it.
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If you want to decompress from the city, check out pelican inn at Muir beach. It’s an hour north of SF very close to Muir Woods.
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what do you mean reservation only? I have been to Muir several times with no reservation needed.
just started. Too many people and no parking. It was a zoo. Now parking shuttles you in.
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