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    Originally posted by Mitsu3000gt

    Rent a bike and do a loop from Fisherman's Wharf, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and into Sausalito, then take the ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf. Gorgeous area with tons of good food and little shops. Bike rentals were like $20 for the day. Just across the GGB, there is also an awesome lookout at Battery Spencer (old defense point for the bay). There is a road going up to it, so you can bike or walk up it no problem. It's an easy ride and didn't take more than a half day, so I highly recommend it. Doesn't sound like much but that was a highlight for us.
    THIS. I'm a car person, but I really enjoyed renting a bike and riding across the bridge. One side is for pedestrian traffic, the other for cyclists, so you just concentrate on riding. It's what I remember most about my trip.

    Bring a rain jacket! The weather goes from sunny to rainy fast.

    Wear good shoes. You'll probably end up walking more than you think.

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    Originally posted by n00bit
    Pier39
    Fisherman's Wharf
    Alcatraz
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Asian Art Museum
    Chinatown
    That curvy road
    Conservatory of Flowers and that other place outside nearby
    Take that trolley ride
    Shop downtown
    Hit up all the bars
    Drive south a bit and do some discount shopping at Gilroy
    I actually just got back from San Fran and these were all the sights I saw with the GF. I would highly recommend a bike rental and bike to all these spots and go see Sausalito across the bay (really easy ride). I also would re3comend a city bus tour as it will take you to all the cool spots and often has tickets available for places like Alcatraz.

    Hope you have fun!
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    Pier 39 is a tourist trap. Lots of American chain restaurants and tacky souvenir shops.
    Ghirardelli is pretty lame too.
    Gilroy is okay, but it's the same as any other Premium Outlet. I'd skip it with our dollar being as it is.


    Make a trip out to Napa / Sonoma valley wine country and visit some wineries (it's a little over an hour out of San Francisco). Stop in Yountville and eat at one of Thomas Keller's restaurants (even the fried chicken at Addendum is amazing if you prefer casual), grab some pastries from Bouchon.
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    The Francisco is great for a crab dinner at the port. A little pricey and often very busy, but we went after 9 and got seats pretty much to ourselves.
    Originally posted by speedog
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    I'm booked for the exact same days, Jul 1-5.

    I'm staying in Union Square and am doing most of the things suggested here including Alcatraz and renting bikes at the pier and riding across Golden Gate to Sausilito. I'm also renting a car for a day just to do some shopping - isn't the Livermore outlets closer than Gilroy (1 hr vs 1.5 hrs)?

    I also booked resos for Gary Danko - it's my gf's birthday and first time to SF. I hear its awesome! Oh and I saw on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives a place called HRD which I'm hoping to check out. Looks so good.

    I'll have to figure out how to use the transit pass, but should be fun. I went once to SF 8, 9 years ago, but i remember Lombard street being just okay haha. I mean...its just a windy street lol. Although I did walk it and i hear its fun to drive.

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    Save your trip for next year so you can do nude run.

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    I was there last week as well, beautiful city.

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    Walking in this city is insane, gives you a real workout with all the slopes but you don't even notice since there's so much to see. The best thing to see at Pier 39 are the sea lions.

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    You can try to get into Ghirardelli Sq. but the lineup stretches for a block so good luck with that. Lombard Street is right beside it:

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    Take a GoCar or a Segway tour!

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    Tried to get into Gary Danko and Sushi Ran, both are usually booked months in advance. Luckily there are tons of other great restaurants and pubs here.

    Some of the local greasy spoons and burger joints are great too, you gotta try a Super Duper Burger, there are a few downtown:

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    Take one of the remaining cable cars, pricey at 6 bucks one way per person but kind of a must:

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    Stayed at the Marriott Marquis near Market St where the 39th floor observatory is open to the public and is a cool place to have a drink, especially at night:

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    Have fun, it's an awesome city.

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    In addition to what's already been mentioned (though I'd personally skip Alcatraz cause I thought it was pretty disappointing), I'd recommend doing a ghost tour. Anytime I go traveling, it's always first on my list of things to do if I've never been on one in that city. Whether or not you believe in that sort of hokey stuff, it's a really great way to learn about the history and some of the urban legends and stories in the area that some locals may not even be aware of.

    I did this one back in January
    http://www.sfghosthunt.com

    I've probably done about 10 ghost tours and I saw the most fucked up thing on this tour, but I won't spoil the surprise in case anyone goes haha! You'll know it when you see it.

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    When I went to Gary Danko last summer I found the food was good, but there are some places in Calgary I'd pick over Gary Danko in terms of quality. However, the service there is unbeatable, I think that's where they get their super high ratings, so if you don't end up getting a reservation there, its not like you're missing out on some seriously mouth watering food..

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