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Advice needed.....Visiting San Francisco area!

Old 01-23-2019, 06:53 PM
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I will be flying out to San Francisco June 14th for a wedding in San Jose. I will be bringing my wife, son and his girlfriend and was wondering where I should stay and what I should see while out there. Due to the wedding on Saturday I will be staying in San Jose Friday and Saturday night but was looking to spend three or four more days before flying back home from San Francisco. Does anyone have any suggestions as where to stay and what we should go see while there. My son and his girlfriend are 25 and none of us have ever visited the west coast before. Any advice is appreciated !
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:42 PM
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We’re in San Jose now attending to our rental house but live in NC full time. Weather should be real nice in June. Napa is pretty far from SJ so that’s a long long full day if you wanted to do the wine thing. Los Gatos is close by to SJ and fun to walk around. Santana Row is in SJ and Iv always called it a mini Beverly Hills. If your flying into SJ you could stay downtown by the Shark tank. Levi stadium is close by if your into sports. Santa Cruz is a hop over the hill about 30-40 minutes from SJ. Tons of new brewery’s in SJ so just yelp them. It’s all tech industry here so not a ton of night life. Few things to check out but feel free to PM me if your have any more questions. We’ll be back on the east coast when your going to be here in SJ or I’d be glad to show you around
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:43 AM
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I live in SJ and lived on the west coast for about 6 years so I might not be the best tour guide. I'd carve out a full day for site seeing in SF. Take the obligatory view of the GG bridge, secret spot my wife and I love is Presidio Yacht Club for a cocktail. The view of the bridge there is breath taking and nothing compares. Check out Coit Tower, Height/Asbury, trolley cars, rent bikes, Sutro Towers...like I said a full day in SF. If you want to take the wife, son and GF fishing you can jump on a party boat out of Emeryville, Sausalito, Half Moon Bay, or San Francisco. HMB will be the closest from SJ and I suggest fishing on the Hulicat or the New Captain Pete if the Hulicat is booked up. Most boats will be salmon fishing at that time. Put the kid and his GF on their first king!

If you want to take a drive south there is Monterey...which is beautiful. It's an hour drive from SJ. Lots of history, 17 mile drive, Pebble Beach golf course, Carmel. On the way back you can stop in historic Santa Cruz and drive out on the wharf for dinner at Stagnaro's then take Hwy 17 over the hill back to SJ.

Word of advice as you may already be aware. Traffic is a nightmare here. If you plan any events, leave before 6 or after 9am or you will sit in a lot of traffic. Also coming back into SJ during the evening commute can suck royally. Pay attention to the traffic maps on your phone. Good luck and PM me if you have any other questions.
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I lived there for 12 years.
whenever guests would come to visit I'd always go see Beach Blanket Babylon on Green Street.
musical comedy in an intimate theater. Funny as hell. Great show.
Alcatraz, rent bikes and ride over the GG bridge into Sausalito then take the ferry back into fishermans wharf.
go see the the Giants play, great new stadium.
Go have dinner at Bix, Palimino, House of Prime Rib, or hundreds of other amazing restaurants
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Two years back to back we did family vacations there (were living in Tahoe at the time) and stayed on 75' yachts in Sausalito for less than two hotel rooms a night, and very cool. Google it...

I asked them to remove the chain and lock from the dock but they weren't amused...
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San Fran check out Alcatraz .book that now and might get a night trip. North to Napa for a day . North to Stinson beach Muir woods and ...Reyes light house

S do half moon bay then down rt 1 thru Pebble Beach ending up in Carmel

My wife found an old ferry to rent- little yellow ferry in Sausalito in a marina for liveaboards . Place was really cool do a search.

Can skip fishermen's wharf
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I really enjoyed Alcatrazand would reccomend it. We also went to the place that had the giant pancakes from man vs food and that was a cool place and worth stopping in for breakfast
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If you're visiting and staying down at San Jose, just keep going south on U.S. 1--to Monterrey. Then head down the coast highway at least to the Hearst Castle. Head east to U.S. Hwy 101 for the drive back north into San Francisco through all the vineyards.
I've been to S.F. at least 10 times over the years, but I'm good for only a couple of days there taking in all the normal tourist sights.
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Thanks guys, appreciate all the advice !
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We are thinking about a getaway from the kids. AirBNB or hotel room in the SoMa or Mission District- We want to be able to walk and enjoy the food/neighborhoods? Is that a good plan. We will be there July 8-13th, Monday through Friday while the kids are in sleep away camp (and here I thought sleep away camp was FOR the kids.. Boy was I wrong)
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I am on a flight home now. Took my son out for the weekend to see my daughter. She recently moved to Mountain View.

We stayed embassy suites Santa Clara. Real convenient area.

We did:

saturday - drove route 1, did Point Lobo hikes then drove further south to that insane bridge. Back through Carmel then Monterey to a couple breweries and walked the street and a late lunch.

Sunday - went to SF and did Alcatraz, then cable car and fisherman’s wharf for lunch.

Spent evenings and dinners around Santa Clara and Mountain View.

Alcatraz was interesting.
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We are thinking about a getaway from the kids. AirBNB or hotel room in the SoMa or Mission District- We want to be able to walk and enjoy the food/neighborhoods? Is that a good plan. We will be there July 8-13th, Monday through Friday while the kids are in sleep away camp (and here I thought sleep away camp was FOR the kids.. Boy was I wrong)
SOMA & Mission area are very nice. My only suggestion is to try to stay away from the area below as it's not the most pleasant site. Between Market & rt 80 and 4th st & 10th st can be very seedy, druggie and downright gross. Although there are very nice buildings in that area, the homeless have made it a site for sore eyes. Enjoy your trip!

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