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Any help on touring and sightseeing pls.

We will fly in Sat morning and leave 9pm Monday.

Please help us with what we should see and do in that time.

We will be staying near Fisherman's Wharf.

I've thought about one of the traditional tours....any thoughts?

Some of the tours go to places we don't favour such as Chinatown(have a huge one here in Melbourne OZ), art galleries and churches(not that we are not cultured/religious at all just can see similar things worldwide).

I've heard that public transport is very easy to use, but how busy is it usually over a weekend?

A milion questions, but I'll wait to hear what you experts advise for us.

Thanks so much....this place is beaut!!

Fremont, California
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1. Re: Any help on touring and sightseeing pls.

What do you like to do? that will be helpful....

First, I would probably suggest the Fire Engine Tour for you...

Its non-traditional and takes you across the Golden Gate to Sausalito so you can see those sites. Its a quick tour (75 minutes) and take you to the sites you may want to see (Golden Gate Bridge) without going to the others. Its also a diferent way of seeing it. There is one that leaves from 3:00 from Fisherman Wharf, so you can leave your luggage at your hotel and catch this one coming back by 4:30 or so. Perhaps a bowl of chowder at Boudin Bakery.

Then to take in the 7:00 show of Beach Blanket Babylon.


Perhaps a night cap at the Top of the Mark before returning to the hotel.


or an ice cream at Gheridelli.


Take a combination Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour.


Return and then go to dinner.

perhaps Gary Denko (reserve in advance).


If still adventuresome go to North Beach.



Go to Ferry Building in the morning.

1:00 Take a sailboat cruise in San Francsico on Adventure Cat


then go to Union Square and enjoy some last minute shopping.

Early dinner at Boulevard or Town Hall and then off to the airport

for your flight.



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2. Re: Any help on touring and sightseeing pls.

Public transit is easy to use. Less busy on a weekend than on a weekday, depending on the season, of course, and the events in town.

Since you've given us an idea of what you don't like to do, and nothing about what you do like to do, may I suggest a search? Actually, I usually suggest a search when people ask "What should we do?"

This forum has some really, really, good ideas. Solid, specific ideas from people who have either suggested them, or travelers who have reported back what they did. Certainly better than what I could come up with when asked, but with little direction.

So.... go to the search field just above your original post, just under the green bar. Type in a couple of key words like "three day tour" or three day itininerary" and see what you get. I just did, and there were some great ideas. You can play around with that a bit.

Also, go up to the lefthand navigation bar where it says "San Francisco Overview." Click on that. The TA folks have put together some best bets on an attractively laid out format that you can even print out and look at. The "Inside San Franisco" link is a travel wiki that many of us have contributed to, and may be helpful as well.

You can come back to the forum and ask questions when you have a better idea of your druthers and your interests. Specific questions will come up as you look over information, and people on this forum are always very helpful in sorting things out.

Good luck!

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3. Re: Any help on touring and sightseeing pls.

LaraH19 pleased «Please help us with what we should see and do in that time.»

Only YOU can decide what you should see. Here's help:

The "Don't-miss SIGHTS in San Francisco" page geocities.com/iconoc/Articles/Sights.html has enough to keep you busy for nine twelve-hour days. It includes links to your best source of advice on WHERE TO EAT and, according to the Department of Health, WHERE TO NOT EAT here, the UseNet Group ba.food, and the quite-good sfSurvey. It also has a WEATHER CHART with a link to current conditions.

«churches . . . can see similar things worldwide).»

Our lovely new Roman Catholic cathedral is unlike any other I've ever seen. The one their god burned to the ground fit your description. It's location is now the home of a television station.

«I've heard that public transport is very easy to use,»

You heard correctly: The best on-line MAP of San Francisco is an inter-active PDF created for the San Francisco Municipal Railway: geocities.com/iconoc/Grafix/CityWide.pdf. I recommend 150% or greater magnification. There's also a link that will tell you HOW TO GET THERE FROM HERE. Other links on the page, geocities.com/iconoc/Grafix/FlagMaps.html are a map of our CABLE CAR ROUTES and a superb map of GOLDEN GATE PARK.

«but how busy is it usually over a weekend?»

Not very, as a rule.

The frequently-updated SPECIAL EVENTS page has irregularly-scheduled music and dances as well as links to seven calendars of regularly-scheduled dances, a composite of five of them, and one of dance cruises and events around the world: http://geocities.com/dancefest/Specials.html

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