as a long-time resident of SF, i am surprised by quite a few of the recommendations here. "no offense" but you may as well have been advised to buy a transparent rain poncho during your stay!
DM me for some recs, Glycerine. i'll steer you straight.
p.s. the outdoorsy recommendations here are all spot-on. not necessarily due to any superior taste round these parts, but because SF is legitimately located in a breathtakingly gorgeous part of the world. if it's outside, do it all. we do.
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- Lombard Street (crooked part)
- Fisherman's Wharf (kind of lame but you have to do I guess if you haven't been there)
- Seal Rock - have lunch there
- Golden Gate Park- an afternoon
- Dinner in North Beach
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Marin Headlands
- Muir Woods
Afternoon and Evening
- Stinsen Beach
- Sausilito or Tiburon (walk around and have dinner there)
* This might be a lot in one day
- Angel Island - bring picnic lunch
Day 4 & 5
- Calistoga in Napa Valley - stay at Indian Springs and enjoy the pool, massages, mudbaths, and a bit of visits to the wineries (this is my favorite place to go in California even if you don't drink the wine)
Alternate 4 & 5
- Trip to Monteray; Go on 17 Mile drive
- Have lunch somewhere in Carmel
- From there, drive down to Big Sur and stay overnight; I like two places in Big Sur: Nepenthe (to eat) and the A Frame Cabins at Big Sur Campground and Cabins
The food is awesome in the city. I'm sure you can get good recommendations on TripAdvisor. There is also a really nice hotel in Sausilito called Casa Madrona.
One other idea is to see a play at the top of Mt Tamalpais. They used to have those anyway in an outdoor theatre.
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Ended up going to El Taqueria and Tartine. The Carne Asada tacos were amazing but we almost got conned. Some hispanic dude said we hit his car but we were no where near it... sketchy. I got an eclaire and a Friand.
I think I wanna move down here in the next few years. Then I can actually see more of SF. It's gonna be a somewhat limited trip this time around.