United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 TIPS - Pacific Coast Highway
  2. 2 Trip Report Harpers Ferry weekend
  3. 3 Myrtle Beach hotels that meet my specific criteria
  4. 4 Seattle, Las Vegas and Salt Lake
  5. 5 Seaside, California
  6. 6 saint john the divine concert for peace tickets
  7. 7 California trip: Where to go after San Francisco?
  8. 8 Denali
  9. 9 JFK Terminal 8
  10. 10 Off-season use of a car on Zion Scenic Drive
  11. 11 Moving to Florida from Oregon
  12. 12 Trip Report Today it rained…on the road in the PNW
  13. 13 washington-blueridge parkway-myrtle beach
  14. 14 Maine in May?
  15. 15 SF-Yosemite-Monterey Peninsula
  16. 16 Dinner Cruise down San Antonio River?
  17. 17 Trip Report Yellowstone/Grand Tetons (Oct 2016)
  18. 18 NYC Discounted Metropolitan Opera Tickets
  19. 19 Quick Honeymoon ideas for Nov?
  20. 20 California relaxing vacation ideas
  21. 21 Bed and Breakfast
  22. 22 Suggestions for Philadelphia
  23. 23 What car service?
  24. 24 Moving to a new state looking for advice
  25. 25 Where should I drop off rental car near Boston?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Quick review - San Francisco

Jump to last reply

San Francisco:

Spent 5 days there after about 10-15 yrs. since last visit, so hardly an expert. Quick impressions:

-Beautiful as ever, especially in sunny May. Vistas EVERYwhere. Architectural surprises everywhere.
-New stuff all the time -- don't miss the DeYoung in Golden Gate Park, esp. view from the tower
-Old stuff is still lovely -- be it Golden Gate Park or the Presidio
-Mass transit is a model for any city. Use the visitor's center near the Powell @ Market crossroads for excellent directions, purchase of passes.
- a great restaurant city, from quick crepes and miso soup to Fisherman's wharf crabs to multi-starred classics
- a great boutique hotel city

Downside (ish)
- boutique hotels aren't cheap, even if they're plentiful. Look for discounts.
- signage in underground transit is not great, almost impossible to tell from inside a traincar what station you've stopped at.
- maintenance of some things is iffy (although they're working on some of the transit lines). For example, they seem to be arguing about whether to maintain Coit Tower. At the least, they need to cut back the overgrown view-obscuring shrubs and improve the quality of the now-trashy gift shop.
-other than City Lights, a poor bookstore city. A few indies and no Barnes and Noble -- surprising, esp. in Union Sq. area. Go out to Berkeley for books.

No earthquakes while I was there. Sometimes they don't have earthquakes (tongue-in-check icon here).