Hi, we will be in San Francisco from 10-13 April (2 adults, kids aged 14, 11, 8). We are driving up from LA on Thurs 10th and staying at the Buena Vista Motor Inn on Lombard St. Hopefully we will arrive mid afternoon so need to fit in some sightseeing. Will be leaving the car in their garage pretty much for the duration.
Friday am we have the Alcatraz trip booked - the 8.45 one. Suggestions for the afternoon.
Saturday am we have booked bikes etc to cycle over the bridge and get the ferry back which will take the best part of the day.
Sunday we are driving to the airport for a 1.30 flight to Vegas. We were going to drive over the bridge and back (the kids want to do this) before we set off for the airport and also drive down Lombard Street. Is this allowed?
So my questions are, please - what to do on the first day, for a couple of hours after we arrive. We thought of Pier 39, go and see the seals and possibly cable car/street car rides. Friday afternoon the kids want to see Lombard street from the bottom end. Possibly on the way through the park to the bridge stop at the Japanese gardens?
Also, any half decent kid-friendly restaurants that we won't have to queue for ages for. Have been reading some of the trip reports and most say that you have to queue for dinner. The kids like relatively simple food, steaks, pasta etc.
I know its a bit of a whistle-stop visit but it was all we could squeeze in, so for me something is better than nothing. I have tried to read the top questions but I'm usually on the mobile site and can't get them, so I am trying to piece bits together.
Grateful for any help, especially from the very kind destination experts.