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Topic # 237753 16-Jun-2018 19:29
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I will be heading up there for work next month and may stay for an additional week to experience San Francisco outside of work too. 

 

What are your top must-see, must-do things in San Francisco? 

 

I heard it's not worthwhile hiring a car as one can public transport or taxi around much more easily than Auckland.

 

Also, best value mobile provider up there?

 

Thanks in advance!





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  Reply # 2038802 16-Jun-2018 19:29
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.

 

We hope to see you there!

 





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  Reply # 2038840 16-Jun-2018 20:36
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Alcatraz is a worthwhile tour but you need to book well in advance - ie now. Bookings during summer often have a 4-5 day wait if you just turn up.

 

 


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  Reply # 2038850 16-Jun-2018 20:49
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I did Alcatraz one day and rode over the bridge another. One fun thing (IMO) is watch Star Trek the voyage home, and then retrace some of it, golden gate park, market st




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  Reply # 2038855 16-Jun-2018 20:52
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Alcatraz... run by US Parks Service, has self-guided audio tours through the cell block. Great views. Golden Gate Bridge & Park & Presidio. Chinatown. Cable cars. Embarcadero. Haight-Ashbury. United Nations Plaza area around Market St. Muir Woods (but you'll probably need a car to get there). Whale watch (in season). 

 

There are hop-on hop-off buses that will take you to most of these places... make sure you get on the top deck where you can see more. Public transport is good.

 

If it was me, I'd take a couple of days to drive to Yosemite Valley (5 hours drive each way), maybe via Sacramento (visit the Old Town, State Capitol).

 

Lots of free WiFi around the place (hotels, shopping malls, tourist attractions) so you don't really need mobile (unless you're a millenial).

 

 


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  Reply # 2038879 16-Jun-2018 21:48
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This time of year, hire a bicycle from Blazing Saddles (several outlets down near the waterfront) and ride over the bridge to Sausalito for lunch. Then ride back or take the bike on the ferry back to town. Great trip.

If you have a car, drive to Muir Woods in the Marin Headlands over the bridge - stunningly beautiful Redwood forest national park.

The Cable Car Museum near China Town is worth a visit. It’s also the central winding-station for all the cables that run the system.

If the Giants are playing home games during the time you’re there, it’s great to go an MLB game for the atmosphere - even if you don’t follow baseball. If you’re staying near the CBD or downtown, you can easily walk to AT&T Park around the waterfront.



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  Reply # 2038894 16-Jun-2018 22:53
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Thanks guys, unfortunately no Alcatraz this time by the looks of things:

 

 

Edit: Updated image to show actual correct dates.







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  Reply # 2038896 16-Jun-2018 23:00
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I've also found hotels to be pretty expensive to stay in per night thre, AirBNB seems to be slightly better. Are there any tips to which places have better value in terms of accommodation?





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  Reply # 2038898 16-Jun-2018 23:05
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Yes - unfortunately SF is horrendously expensive for accommodation. We found an apartment via Booking.com a few years ago - wasn’t flash but price was sorta reasonable. Airbnb sounds a good idea.

Don’t forget July 4 is a major public holiday.



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  Reply # 2038902 16-Jun-2018 23:21
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eracode: Yes - unfortunately SF is horrendously expensive for accommodation. We found an apartment via Booking.com a few years ago - wasn’t flash but price was sorta reasonable. Airbnb sounds a good idea.

Don’t forget July 4 is a major public holiday.

 

Oops, showed the wrong dates, meant to be later in the month, but still sold out!





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  Reply # 2038903 16-Jun-2018 23:27
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sonyxperiageek:

eracode: Yes - unfortunately SF is horrendously expensive for accommodation. We found an apartment via Booking.com a few years ago - wasn’t flash but price was sorta reasonable. Airbnb sounds a good idea.

Don’t forget July 4 is a major public holiday.


Oops, showed the wrong dates, meant to be later in the month, but still sold out!



You’re close to peak US vacation period which unfortunately won’t help with the accommodation prices.

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  Reply # 2038906 16-Jun-2018 23:42
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I'm surprised, this being Geekzone, that nobody has mentioned going down to Silicon Valley. Surely the Geek equivalent of a wander down Hollywood Boulevard ;-)




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  Reply # 2038907 17-Jun-2018 00:04
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Dingbatt: I'm surprised, this being Geekzone, that nobody has mentioned going down to Silicon Valley. Surely the Geek equivalent of a wander down Hollywood Boulevard ;-)

 

Well tbh there isn't much to see around there. Its fairly cool to see the HQs of the who's who of the tech world as you drive up the motorway, but otherwise it's just a fairly flat and otherwise boring place. OK a few decent craft beer bars etc but hardly a must see place.

 

- To the OP, perhaps watch a game of baseball? Visit Pier 39? tour the tenderloin at night and visit one of the many small time gigs around that area? Harbor tour by boat? Oh and it's San Fran, there's loads of great fine dining food places to visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 2038909 17-Jun-2018 00:39
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I did actually check out Silicon Valley! It's a while away from the top of San Fran. 

 

May start looking at hiring a car.





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  Reply # 2038912 17-Jun-2018 01:48
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One time we were there we did a road-trip of a week or so - an anti-clockwise circuit - south through San Jose > Yosemite > circumnavigated Lake Tahoe > Sacramento > over to the Napa Valley then back to SF. Calistoga and St Helena in the Napa are really lovely places.

We just totally winged-it for accommodation each day - using booking.com on the fly from the car - but that may not work so well during peak vacation time.



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  Reply # 2038913 17-Jun-2018 01:58
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eracode: One time we were there we did a road-trip of a week or so - an anti-clockwise circuit - south through San Jose > Yosemite > circumnavigated Lake Tahoe > Sacramento > over to the Napa Valley then back to SF. Calistoga and St Helena in the Napa are really lovely places.

We just totally winged-it for accommodation each day - using booking.com on the fly from the car - but that may not work so well during peak vacation time.

 

Where did you hire your car from?





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