Hello, I will be attending a conference in San Francisco from April 30th to May 3rd. So me and my wife will get there on April the 29th (arrival time: noon) and leave on May 7th (departure time: 8 am). So I need your help to plan my trip.
During the conference, I will be staying at the Nikko Hotel, so that my wife can enjoy the pool while I'm at the conference.
I was planning on doing a walking Tour of Union Square and Marina District on April 29th, probably the MP3 guided tours (are there any french MP3 guided tour?).
On Sunday, the conference starts. I plan on doing the Evening Alcatraz Tour that day. Is it worth the extra money over the day tour? Then, I will visit Fisherman's Wharf.
From Monday to Wednesday, conference continues. I plan on trying a couple of different restaurants, and maybe visit a museum or two during the evening (which one would you recommend). Also, what else would you recommend doing? Any places or unsafe streets to avoid? Can I visit Telegraph Hill during evening?
Then comes Thursday. I have the option of staying at the Nikko one more night or moving outside of town to get a cheaper hotel and rent a car (I know downtown parking is expensive, so that's why I would move outside of the city). If I stay at the Nikko, what else would you recommend doing during the day?
Here are the activities that I would like to do during the 3 last days (Thursday to Saturday). Yosemite Park (or maybe you would recommend Muir Woods since it's closer and I don't have much time), San Francisco Scenic Drive, Napa and Sonoma (I love wine, and would love to visit the Fetzer winery - which other wineries do you recommend visiting?), a drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz (or the other way around) on Highway 1. There are probably more activities to do, so if you have any idea, feel free to tell me.
On Saturday night, I plan on staying in Millbrae because the plane on Sunday is at 8 am.
So what itinerary would you do? What activites must be done? Where to stay from Thursday to Saturday?
Any help would be very appreciated. Also, the sooner the better, especially for the hotel choice on Thursday (either staying in SF or leaving).
Thank you very much and sorry if my message is very long!