I need little help with trip planning. We will be visiting San Francisco for one week with our two teenage girls for the first time for all of us during the first week of June. We always enjoy exploring big cities, shopping, dining out and seeing the typical sights, so it is a no-brainer that we should spend several nights in the city. We also would like to get out of the city for maybe two nights and see some of the other great areas. Here come the questions:
1. Should we stay in the Union Square/Nob Hill area and what about the Grosvenor Suites Hotel?
2. Is there a “hop on/hop off” bus tour that is good for a quick overview of th city or are the cable cars the better transportation for sightseeing?
3. I have two ideas for overnight trips and wonder if they are doable or if we should be considering something completely different:
a. Rent a car, head north into Marin Co. and visit either Sausalito or Tiburon (or both) then head up to the Muir Woods and then head to the Sonoma Valley for the evening. Tour the area the next day and head on to the next step.
b. Next, head down the coast to Monterey/Carmel and maybe then head all the way to Big Sur, spend the night somewhere in that vicinity (where?) and then either head back to San Francisco spend the night and fly out the next day or maybe head to San Jose, spend the night and fly out of San Jose?
As you can see, I have more questions than answers and any and all help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank again.