We are a family traveling to SF from Vancouver, Canada. We will be staying for 2 days, in a hotel in downtown Old Oakland. So basically we will go to SF during the day and go back to Oakland at night. Our train, Coast Starlight, will probably arrive in Oakland at 10:30 am on the first day. We are aiming to visit the Lombard Street, Golden Gate Bridge and the Academy of Science, but walking around and appreciating the city won't hurt.
My questions are: What is the best way to travel in San Francisco in 2 days?
1. Is the Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus a good choice? How does it work?
2. We really want to experience the famous cable cars too...Do you recommend them? Should we get the 1-day pass?
3. We are watching the Giants-Phillies Game at AT&T Park at 7:15pm the next day. So we probably will have to finish up the tour before that time. How do we get back to Oakland from San Fran? By train?
Any opinion is greatly appreciated. Thanks all in advance. :)