I loved Pier 39. The shops, restaurants, vendors on the streets & street performers is a must experience. We walked and enjoyed each aspect of the different piers: fresh crab, bread, all kinds of fish, pastries, ice cream, sandwiches, etc. We could see Alcatraz from Pier 39! I loved the barking sea lions. Parking is a little problem- not many places to park. It is better to come by mass transit then bring your car. A lot hotels charge for parking. Overall, was a great experience.