We will be in San Francisco during the work week. We will have a car and park it in a garage without in and out priveleges. Charges will be $10. per night. I just read that after morning rush hour (times?) and after 6:00 the traffic is a "breeze". So my plan would be to leave the garage before 10:00 a.m. and find free parking when possible. I will have GPS but I've never been to San Francisco. Here is some of my plans:
Tuesday: Arrive after 6:00
Wednesday: Exploritorium a.m. (free day--tactile dome/ rent bikes and do the GGB & ferry back to Ferry building and bike back to Exploritorium free parking area. Back to Union Square
Thursday: Golden Gate park. (park on street) California Museum of Science and walk through areas of park. Change parking spots and check out east end of park. Park somewhere near Pier for Alcatraz (is there free parking in the evening?) Alcatraz eveining tour
Friday: Leave car in garage and take public transportation (might do this the first day instead) China Town, Fisherman's Wharf
Saturday: There is free 3 hour parking with validated parking near China town (might do China town this day but would shops be closed?) We will leave San Francisco around 10:00 a.m. giving us about an 1 1/2 hour in China town if we decide to do it during the weekend.
Of course I can mix things around a bit but what do you think of my parking ideas?