This itinerary wouldn't have been possible if not for this forum and the other resources here. If anyone has some time to take a look and give feedback - that would be awesome!
I'm travelling with my girlfriend and another couple in our mid-20s. We land Thursday night at 9PM and are leaving first thing Monday morning. All of the planning was kind of left to me so I am trying to infuse options into it and also start busy and end relaxed so everyone has great memories. Here goes:
~Land @ SFO at 8:55.
~Purchase round trip BART and 7-day MUNI
~BART to Powell and cable car north to California.
~Check in @ Stanford Court Renaissance.
Depending on time and mood...
~Late meal option 1: First Crush (seats till 11:30)
~Late meal option 2: Grubstake (closes @ 4am)
~Leave hotel by 7:00
~Breakfast @ Dottie's True Blue and hopefully beat rush.
~Take Caltrain to Palo Alto
~Visit friend @ his work and apparently we get a free lunch - nice!
~Take Caltrain back to the city with possible stop @ Stanford if we are making good time.
Be back in the city by 2PM
~While by the Train Depot, take a look @ AT&T Park and the Ferry Building
~Tour the Cable Car Museum
~Visit China town and depending on the time have dinner there.
~Rest of the day is clear for other dinner plans or checking out Union Square
***Need a good night/party option! Thirsty Bear might be our destination and is an option***
~Leave hotel by 7:30
~Head north for breakfast @ Mama's. Again, try to beat the rush, but time is allotted for the well-worth-it wait.
~9:30 Check out bike's from Blazing Saddles (with 10% off coupons from website in hand!)
~Bike along the coast and over the GG Bridge.
~Lunch in Sausalito
~Bike back (I'm not telling the girls that we have a ferry option unless we're ALL tired ;) )
~1:30ish head back to Hotel to shower/change into warmer clothes
~2:30 Head to Fisherman's Wharf and spend an hour looking around and being touristy.
~3:25 Pick up our Alcatraz tickets
~3:55 Tour to The Rock (couldn't get a night tour)
~After tour, dinner at In-and-Out burger (not my idea but everyone seems interested)
~Dessert @ Ghirardelli Square
***Unknown nightlife spot to follow; Friend from Palo Alto will be in town to help, but suggestions welcome***
This day is far less structured; general goals are:
~If either Mama's or Dottie's were convincing enough to try again, go to one for breakfast, if not save some money and eat at a market.
~Visit areas that we passed but didn't take time to see
~Golden Gate Park
~If we haven't been "viewed out" - go up Coit Tower
~Re-visit Chinatown if we decided not to go Friday due to possible rain
~Catch some of the Magic/Lakers Game #2(huge deal for us in Orlando) with a drink or two at TBD.
~Nice dinner - the plan is to get reservations @ Alioto's...my parents enjoyed it on their honeymoon 25 years ago. Read that it is still pretty good.
Wake up, check out, and get to the BART and airport!