SJC to fisherman's wharf

Dec 10th, 2008, 05:32 PM
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SJC to fisherman's wharf

What is the trip like from SJC to the wharf area of San Francisco? How much time to plan? When to head in on a weekday?
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Dec 10th, 2008, 05:38 PM
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Do you mean driving?
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Dec 10th, 2008, 05:44 PM
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Yes, fly into SJC and drive up to SF for a couple days.
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Dec 10th, 2008, 06:43 PM
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It'll take about 50 minutes during non-commute hours. Exit SJC to 101 North. 101 splits north of Candlestick Park into 101 and I-280. Take I-280. Then I-280 splits into "Towards Daly City" and "Towards Downtown". Take "Towards Downtown". Take the last exit - Fourth Street. It dumps you onto King Street. King Street becomes the Embarcadero. Stay on the Embarcadero for several miles and you will be in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.

Better question - why Fisherman's Wharf?
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Dec 11th, 2008, 06:12 AM
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perhaps Lombard Street hotels would have been a more accurate request. But, I think we're in the neighborhood now!
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Dec 11th, 2008, 08:16 AM
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P, that's ok, but if you're going to Lombard Street, the driving directions will be different, so let me know.
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 07:37 AM
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We're trying to decide if we should go from Yosemite straight to SF on a Wednesday or stay overnight in Santa Cruz area Wednesday and head into the city on Thursday. We would have 2 nights in the city. We have reserved a Comfort Inn on/near Lombard Street. At the of our city tour, we would need to get out to SJC for a flight.

Any advice on the best way to fit in Santa Cruz (before or after SF)? Route information is welcome.
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 10:06 AM
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I don't know anything about the drive from Yosemite, but just looking at Google Maps, it would make sense to go to San Francisco first and Santa Cruz second. On the other hand, the drive "over the hill" from Santa Cruz during commute hours can be dreadful. What time is your flight out of San Jose?
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 12:20 PM
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The drive from Yosemite to SF or SC takes pretty much the same amount of time, so that isn't a big consideration.

If you have to get to SJC in the morning for your flight, I would spend the last night in SF rather than SC. Commute (morning) traffic over Hwy 17 between SC and SJC is tough. You will have traffic between SF and SJC as well in the mornings, but the road is straight and you have a carpool lane.
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 02:08 PM
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november moon - seems you're answering my questions in tripadvisor, too! I'm glad for your help. We have a hotel the night before flight from SJC as it is 7am flight. I think it is a Doubletree SJC airport that I have on hold.

We're just trying to decide how best to juggle our days.
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:06 PM
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Why do you want to go to Santa Cruz? If it is just to see the ocean, Half Moon Bay is much closer to San Francisco and is a cute little town with shops and restaurants.
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:37 PM
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SF7307 has given you the absolute correct directions on getting to Fishermans Wharf from San Jose - if you are going to do SF - do a cable car - just to say you did and see Pier 39 as well - Pier 39 is walking distance from Fishermans Wharf -
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:41 PM
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Ronda:

We actually wanted to drive the coast and go down to 17 Mile drive - just to see the sites. I realize that isn't Santa Cruz, but SC seems to be at the "top" of that stretch.
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 07:19 PM
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How much time do you have for this part of the trip (seeing the coast, that is)? I guess I would do what you want to do on the coast, but stay near the airport.
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Jan 23rd, 2009, 07:41 AM
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SF7307:

We have one night and one full day (or 2 half days) to see the coast. We can do it Wed-Thurs or Fri-Sat of our week. The other 2 nights will be in SF Lombard St. hotels area.
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