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    Going to San Francisco for vacation this year. Planning the usual touristy things to do such as Alcatraz, Napa, Fishermans Wharf, Chinatown and a trip to Yosemite. Looking for ideas/suggestions that might be fun, but not necessarily on a "top ten" things to do list. Any tips?

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    Re: San Francisco

    I always go to "The House of Nanking" to get my Chinese food on.
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    Coit tower is a standard tourist thing to do, but it does offer a great view of the city and is right next to Chinatown. The GF and I also had a nice picnic in golden gate park with goodies from the market in the pier..
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    Re: San Francisco

    Quote Originally Posted by Red in Chicago View Post
    Going to San Francisco for vacation this year. Planning the usual touristy things to do such as Alcatraz, Napa, Fishermans Wharf, Chinatown and a trip to Yosemite. Looking for ideas/suggestions that might be fun, but not necessarily on a "top ten" things to do list. Any tips?
    Bring warm clothes, seriously bring warm clothes.

    Chinatown, Cliff House, be sure to see the parts of Yosemite outside of the valley floor. House of Nanking for sure, Santa Cruz is a good day trip down Highway 1, Point Reyes a good one north of the city.

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    House if Nanking is great. Let them order for you. They will not steer you wrong.
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    Hey, one of the ads above says "Yosemite Tours". Who's spookier? Facebook or Google?

    Seriously, buy your Alcatraz tickets ahead of time, they sell out.

    Yes on Nanking but the best new restaurant in the city is a soul/southern food place, Farmer Brown. Not the first kind of cuisine you associate with SF. They have a $15 breakfast buffet on Sundays.

    You should do the SF-Sausalito Ferry for the views but I also like the SF-Larkspur ferry. That one's a real commuter ferry and it passes on the other side of Angel Island and so close to San Quentin you could pass a football to Charlie Manson. No exaggeration.

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    If house of Nanking does Dim Sum, then go. If they don't go there and go to some great hole in the wall dim sum place.

    As a kid I loved Muir Woods. If you are doing the Golden Gate anyway, just go a bit further and check out the redwoods/blue jays.

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    Re: San Francisco

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Bring warm clothes, seriously bring warm clothes.

    Chinatown, Cliff House, be sure to see the parts of Yosemite outside of the valley floor. House of Nanking for sure, Santa Cruz is a good day trip down Highway 1, Point Reyes a good one north of the city.
    Yeah, I've been checking the forecast and didn't realize that it's quite so chilly out there during the daytime. They've been showing clips of the Blackhawks' visit to Alcatraz and everyone was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt or jacket.

    I just bought some new (larger) luggage to account for both shorts and jeans.

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    I bought my Alcatraz tickets well ahead of time, and that was a good thing--they were sold out when I got there.

    You have most of my itinerary on your list. One quirky thing to do would be to go down to San Jose and visit the Winchester house and the Rosicrucian Egyptian museum. Both are slightly offbeat experiences.

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    Re: San Francisco

    A visit to the Exploratorium is fun too.

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    Catch a Giants game. Great ball park.
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    I went to San Fran a few years ago with the wife and we had a great time. I did do China Town and it was just OK for me. Lots of shops and after awhile they all blend together, I guess I am not that big on looking for bargains. The WHARF is packed with people and more of a tourist trap. The wife and I did the Larkspur-SF ferry and it was very convenient and affordable.

    I did Muir woods which was great, and we also took a tour of the Sonoma wineries. Hired a private car to take us to both places as a surprise gift to the wife. Would have loved to see the Giants but they weren't in town when I visited.
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    BTW when are you going?

    That's a key for weather and crowds as I would be prone to avoid certain areas at certain times in the high tourist season (like the Wharf, what a waste of time)

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    Re: San Francisco

    One thing I just remembered is the ruins of the Sutro Baths, over on the Pacific next to the Cliff House. There used to be an old penny arcade called the Musee Mechanique, but I believe that moved to the Wharf, which is unfortunate. Seal Rock is out there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spazzrico View Post
    One thing I just remembered is the ruins of the Sutro Baths, over on the Pacific next to the Cliff House. There used to be an old penny arcade called the Musee Mechanique, but I believe that moved to the Wharf, which is unfortunate. Seal Rock is out there as well.
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