I will be arriving in San Fran on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 as part of a month-long road trip from western North Carolina, and am trying to hammer out some rough itineraries for each stop. Unfortunately, I've had to trim a day off my stay in San Fran and now will only have a day and a half in your great city, so I need help trying to figure what to fit in.
I'll be spending the previous night in Fort Bragg and leaving early in the morning to drive straight down, other than a lunch stop in Marshall for some BBQ oysters, thus probably arriving at the GG Bridge around mid-afternoon. Will be staying with friends of friends, though not sure where exactly they live in the city, and will be leaving Saturday morning.
With such a short time frame, I've got just a few goals: 1. Do the Anchor Brewing tour (a main theme for my road trip); 2. Visit on, and around, the GG Bridge; 3. ride a cable car; 4. Just walk around checking out some of the highlights of the city, and maybe slip in a short run along the water. Any suggestions on how to break all this up?
Do you think, since I'll already be coming over the bridge Thursday afternoon, to just stop there before crossing, park, and spend a few hours on and around the bridge for some great photos late in the day (sunset is 7:10 p.m. that day), then just check in at my frieds' place, have a nice dinner and call it an evening? Then, get up early Friday and spend the day exploring the city? If so, suggestions on what to check out? If I get there early enough before the crowds, should I do the Powell-Hyde cable car line? It's not on their website, but I heard somewhere that the Anchor tours are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (if so, I'll do the 1 p.m.). The brewery is on Mariposa Street, which looks a bit off the beaten track between two highways ... is this walkable from, say, the Union Square area?
Thanks for any help you can provide!