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Best Five Things for a Young Couple to do

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Best Five Things for a Young Couple to do

Our time is short in SF - Tues-Friday

Alcatrez Tour - yes?

Acquarium - ?

Go Cars?

Duck Tour?

Red Open Top Trolly?

Parking at Fisherman's wharf

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1. Re: Best Five Things for a Young Couple to do

1. Alcatraz is probably near the top of most visitor's "must see" list, although it took me 20 years to get over there. Do book in advance: www.alcatrazcruises.com

2. Which Acquarium are you referring to? The one at Pier 39 or the Academy of Science?

3. Go Cars look like a blast but you should wait and see what the weather is like. There is no need to reserve this in advance.

4. Duck Tour. Not.

5. HOHO .. is a good way to see the town. But since you here for such a short period of time, a 3 or 5 hour overview might serve you better.

6. Are you driving? Parking at FW is not the most fun thing to do in town. Avoid if you can :D

Given the time of year that you'll be visiting, I would recommend putting together two lists of things to do: indoors and outdoors. Then you can pick and choose as the weather permits. (It's getting into our rainy season and although we've had dry years recently, we've already had what I consider an early/burly strom.

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2. Re: Best Five Things for a Young Couple to do

thank you

yes we are driving - where is best/cheapest place to park on FW?

we are staying at Foster City

No duck tour uh??? what about the red open top cable

but if cold - who wants open top?

night tour to alcatraz is one we pick for sure

best place to eat _ ? bubba gump or hard rock

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A couple of quick notes:

>>....we are staying at Foster City....<<

If this is because of free lodging (work trip, family or friends) that's fine; however if you're doing it because you've found lower price lodging most San Francisco forum regulars will counsel that it's false economy. (1) If you stay in the City there's no real reason to rent a car for such a short trip (or maybe for one day to do some stuff outside of the public transportation radius) with the car rental savings offsetting the possibly higher lodging costs (key word there is "possibly"; the lodging market is pretty soft at the moment meaning you can get some pretty good rates). (2) You're wasting valuable vacation time driving back and forth to Foster City and lose the option to stop in at your hotel for a quick break or clothing change. (3) You're trading the experience of going to sleep and waking up in a thriving City for some sterile suburban planned development.

>>....No duck tour uh??? what about the red open top cable but if cold - who wants open top?....<<

Proximity to water for the duck tour (your vehicle will be in it for part of the tour), plus the options to (a) move to the enclosed first floor of the bus and/or (b) get off and walk around if you do start getting cold. Also note that the open-topped hop-on hop-off buses aren't "cable cars" by any stretch of the imagination. Although I believe they got their start using London-style double decker buses, they've morphed into standard streamline buses with a second story on them. Real cable cars run on fixed routes (3 total) using an underground cable; they cost $5/ride or you can ride them to your heart's content by purchasing a 1, 3, or 7 day MUNI Passport (use the forum search feature for "MUNI Passport" for additional details, they get discussed about once a week). At least one of the tour companies (Gray Line) and probably more use rubber-tired motorized imitations of the cable cars for their tours but all of them are single-decker.

>>....best place to eat _ ? bubba gump or hard rock....<<

Well, at least with Bubba Gump's there isn't one in Ohio, while there's a Hard Rock in Cleveland. The Schmoo loves this kind of restaurant because you step in the door and you're in a different world full of (corporate-policy enforced and probably chemically managed) cheerful outgoing waitpeople, bright lights, outlandish decor, huge menus, yadda yadda yadda. Me, like a number of locals on the other hand aren't particularly fond of either of the places because while they are sort of a different world, they're a different world you can enter from any one of the cities where there's a franchise (English translation - they're corporate chain restaurants). Name your price point, food preferences and dislikes, and the general area in the City you'll be in and Forum participants will bubble over (ntbcw either Bubba Gump or meth-induced bubbling by hard rockers on a binge) with suggestions for local restaurants.

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staying at foster city was a gift and going to notre dame/stanford game

we have a car but not sure where we should park when going to warf

i was told beach street parking most economical

we are about 30 minutes away correct???

want to drive over bridge one day and do yosimite also on thanksgiving day

i am afraid on thanksgiving everything is shut down

is acquarium on bay worth it? where are seals on beach

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5. Re: Best Five Things for a Young Couple to do

Here's a review of parking at Pier 39 - one person had a great experience combining various coupons, other folks not so much ( but it points up the reality of finding parking in the FW area)::

yelp.com/biz/pier-39-parking-garage-san-fran…

We usually just budget $25 a day for parking and count ourselves lucky if we do better than that.

Consider taking public transportation from Foster City to SF in the first place. The first two connections on this site will get you to the Hillsdale Caltrains Station:

fostercity.org/transportation/caltrain/Caltr…

$25 a day would be on the cheap side for a parking building with no in/out in the FW area, maybe someone knows of some coupons or something.

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Cheapest nearby is a lot at Pier 27, just north of Bauer's Limo. Pay the machine $15. Beach St is not cheap or plentiful.

Allow about 45 minutes.

Forget about Yosemite. It's 4 hours away. It's winter. Sun goes down about 5PM. It's not a jump out of the car and look at the view place like National Lampoon's Vacation. Do something closer by, like maybe Muir Woods or Golden Gate Park or..............

Try the Academy of Science if you want to see fish, much better deal.

Sea Lions are at Pier 39. You will not see them on local beaches. That's another day trip.

Bubba or Hard Rock?--neither........

http://www.calacademy.org/

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7. Re: Best Five Things for a Young Couple to do

Like girasol said, no way do Yosemite! You'll be in the car for 8 hours!

As you said, many things will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but there is a lot of outdoors here. Pack a picnic and go over to Half Moon Bay and drive up the coast. Depending upon how far you want to drive, you could cross the Golden Gate Bridge (it's always open ;) and over to Point Reyes. Lots of very dramatic coastline to take in. Take some blankets too. It'll be chilly on the coast; but beautiful and you'll have lots of it to yourself.

I would suggest you get back to your house relatively early on Thanksgiving Day to stay out of the traffic caused by everyone coming home from Grandma's house.

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What about Muir Woods instead of Yosmite?

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Eat! - But eat well, please. SF is full of great places to eat. Don't waste your money at a chain restaurant! Check out the SF Chronicle 100 best restaurants list.

You are sure to find one to suit your taste from casual burrito to five star.

http://www.sfgate.com/food/top100/2009/

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10. Re: Best Five Things for a Young Couple to do

At the risk of being flagged inappropriate, a shopping trip to Good Vibrations?