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Trip Report San Francisco - Happy Sweet 16, dining, shopping, Alcatraz and more!

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Who? Myself, 41 year old woman and my soon to be 16 year old stepdaughter -

We had a great time! We headed out from Orange County on a short flight to San Francisco on Friday - taking Virgin America - my new favorite airline. Cool hip vibe (whatever that is! HA), really nice flight attendants & personal TVS . Nice.

Arrived in SFO with no issues. Carried on bags so we head right over to take the BART into the city. Following YK's directions (and on the Virgin Flight they had a 5 minute little video about how to take the BART - cool!) - It was 8.10 for one way to Powell street - (so it appears the price might have gone up since some have been there) - I purchased enough for us to go r/t.

No issues on the BART - we got off on Powell Street - sort of turned around a bit but figured out where we were and headed up the hill to check into the St. Francis.. it is HOT out... yuck. We were hoping to get away from the 110 heat ... bleck. We arrive around 2:40 at the St. Francis - no line in the check in - a rather grumpy woman checks us in - but when we get to room 333 I forget grump face - and am thrilled with the room. VERY spacious.... I had read some feedback that the rooms were small. Not so here - it was one of the largest "regular" rooms I had been in. It was overlooking Union Square - Nice!

A quick drop of the bags and we head out - to check out the shopping for a few hours.

There is a meca of shopping right in Union Square - very high end stores that we window shop by but I have a place in mind... the MAC counter at Macy's. :-D My Stepdaughter does not really wear much make up but wanted a few things - She glows as I plop her down and tell the counter guy to show her the ropes - she was giddy. A simple thing but a ton of fun for a 16 year old girl.

We shopped and walked around a little more - those with teen girls might be fimilar with the store "Forever 21" - there is a great one on the corner of Powell and Market I think? Right across from the Weisfield plaza mall - she was in heaven. We walked around for a little longer but have 5:30 dinner reservations at Yoshi's for Sushi - so soon head back to the hotel to get freshened up and head out for a cab...

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