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  • Where is the bridge?
    Where is the bridge?
    by Carmela71
  • San Francisco
    San Francisco
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  • SAN FRANCISCO
    by LysDor
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    Traveling to select cities in the West of the US

    by gkitzmil Updated Nov 12, 2010

    Favorite thing: I believe you are correct to select 2-3 cities or areas. Even Las Vegas + San Francisco + Los Angeles might be a bit much. Yet, for cities only that will do nicely. However, most in the U.S. will rent a car IF you plan to leave the cities. LV and SF do not require a car to enjoy their city. In LA, you will find getting around by public transport much more difficult.

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    14 days in CA

    by yozza2005 Written Sep 11, 2008

    Favorite thing: So i'm back in the UK.
    The itinerary was as follows:

    Day 1 & 2: Hermosa Beach, LA.
    Accommodation: Surf City Hostel ($30 a night, 4 bed dorm)
    Bars worth giving a look: Sharkeez (expect to queue)
    Things to see/do: Cycle the broadwalk, early morning surf (1-2ft)
    Cafes: Mao's Kitchen (see review), Venice Beach, Pacific Avenue.

    Catch the 232 bus south to Long Beach, then the Orange County Bus Network Bus 1 down the PHW to reach...

    Day 2: Huntington Beach
    Accommodation: Couch Surfing (www.couchsurfing.com)
    Cafes: The Sugar Shack - very cheap and popular with locals.
    Things to do: Surf! It's the surf capital! Stroll along the broadwalk and admire the surfing. Fish on the pier.

    Bus 1 OCTA on PHW to;

    Day 3: Laguna Beach
    Accommodation: Couchsurfing. due to expense of area.
    Cafes: The chain Johnny Rocket's
    Things to do: Art galleries, take lots of photos, History museum, barbecue on beach.

    Bus 1 OCTA on PHW to;

    Day 4: San Clemente
    Accommodation: Couchsurfing.
    Cafes: Plenty on the seafront to choose from, or hit the popular taco cafe near the hospital.
    Things to do: Surf! Trussels is nearby. Photography (sunset), Skate.

    Amtrak to San Diego. ($18)

    Days 5,6,7: San Diego
    Accommodation: USA Hostels, Gaslamp Quarter. ($24, 4 bed dorm)
    Cafes: Head to Ocean Beach.
    Things to do: Gaslamp Quarter, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission, Little Italy, Modern Art Gallery.

    I would recommend only 2 days in San Diego, I do wish i'd spent longer in Huntington or San Clemente rather than spending 3 nights in SD.

    Cheaptickets.com ($40) Flight from SD to San Francisco

    Days 8,9,10: San Francisco, Union Square, Tenderloin area.
    Accommodation: Globetrotters Inn (Hostel) ($27, 6 bed dorm) Free Internet, great location.
    Cafes: Veseuvio Cafe, near China Town and North Beach. (Recommended in Lonely Planet. Plays Blues, Jazz. Great bar, hilarious locals, and good staff. Reasonably priced)
    Things to do: Alcatraz (overrated), Walk from Downtown to the GGB and over. Walking tour (see tip, which will be posted in two days or so), The Haight area, North Beach, ChinaTown, Fishermans Wharf (Tourist Trap) The Castro, Sunset Beach etc. Amoeba Records Upper Haight district, it's mind blowing!
    Places to eat: In and Out Burger, Subway ($5 footlongs), Great restaurants in China Town.

    Greyhound or Amtrak to Salinas ($15-20) then bus to Monterey ($3 day pass)

    Day 11: Monterey
    Accommodation: Couch Surfing
    Places to see: the bay, modern art gallery, broadwalk(tourist trap), relatively good surf beach.

    Either greyhound from Salinas, or numerous buses from Monterey ($3-10)

    Day 12: Santa Cruz
    Accommodation: CS
    Places to see: Lighthouse, the beaches! Surfing, skating, mixing with the locals in some of the saloons.

    Greyhound or Amtrak to;

    Day 13: San Francisco
    Accommodation: CS
    TTD: See above

    Cheaptickets ($45) to Los Angeles
    Bus 232 from LAX transit centre to Pier Ave, Hermosa. Walk 5 mins down hill.

    Day 14: Hermosa Beach/Redondo Beach
    Accommodation: Surf City Hostel.

    This is a little vague, i may amend this in the next few days/weeks.

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    Day 16, 17,18 San Francisco & Geisha Girl

    by Carmela71 Updated Aug 5, 2005

    Favorite thing: I was very impress with San Francisco, specially the Chinatown, the colours, the smells, all … the fog was really unexpected, but it make special our non views of the bridge ;-) but the highlight of Sf was meeting again with Rochelle, and discovering a new specially spring rolls in Mojito ;-)

    Where is the bridge?

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    San Francisco

    by goingsolo Updated Jul 8, 2005

    Favorite thing: San Francisco is one of the gems of northern California. It is an ecelctic city, teeming with people from various cultures and filled with activities within and along its beautiful natural landscape. It is a tiny city in terms of square mileage and unusual in its landscape of steep hills. It is also a city rich in tradition with its beloved cable cars and preserved waterfront area. San Francisco is also a model for tolerance and acceptance with its diverse population that pretty much accepts various ways of life of its residents.

    For more information, feel free to visit my San Francisco page.

    San Francisco

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    'San Fran' (or 'S.F.' or...

    by Natrix Updated May 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 'San Fran' (or 'S.F.' or 'Cisco' - but never say anything but S-A-N F-R-A-N-C-I-S-C-O talking to San Francisco-nians cause they hate all these 'nicknames'...) is a great great place to go of course, often referred to as the most beautiful (or most European) city in the States. The coolest things about San Francisco are: its diversity (Haight Ashbury: hippies! Castro: gays! Chinatown: CHINESE!!!... :-), the Pacific Ocean at your feet, hills & fogs and all the traditional elements (cable-cars, Victorian houses etc.).

    Fondest memory: New Year's Eve 2001 at the Embarcadero with many friends and beautiful fireworks was great fun, although the music was boring (they had to keep the crowds from going wild I guess).

    New year's eve in San Francisco

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    Alcatraz, San Francisco

    by sim1 Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Favorite thing:

    When you're in San Francisco you can see the isolated Alcatraz Island lying in the Bay. It's just a mile and a quarter out of the coast. A boatride of about 20 minutes takes you to the island. I recommend you purchase your tickets well in advance, because it can be sold out as far as a week in advance!

    The island started of as a fort in the 1850's. In 1934 it became a maximum security penitentiary. Numerous escapes were attempted, though there's no evidence that anyone ever made it through the icy, shark-infested waters to freedom. The prison was closed in 1964. After that it was taken over by a group of Native American protesters until 1971.

    Now it is accessible to visitors, and it is well worth the visit!

    More information :
    Advance ticket sales are strongly recommended and are available by calling Blue & Gold Fleet at (415) 705-5555, or in person at their ticket booth at Pier 41, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
    For more information : go to the website :
    http://www.nps.gov/alcatraz/

    I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the cellhouse. You get a headphone set that guides you through the prison. You hear stories of ex-prisoners and their wardens. Throughout the story you hear the sounds of the prison : prison doors slaming, sounds of plates in the mess hall and absolute silence in the isolation cell. Even now I can recall the tour and what it sounded like....awesome!

    Take a look at my San Francisco page for more photos and info.

    behind bars???
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    • Museum Visits

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    Seals in the harbour of San Francisco

    by sim1 Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Favorite thing:
    Pier 39 in San Francisco was one of the fun parts of the city that I went to. Not because of the Pier itself (it's very touristy here), but because of the seals. Hahaha, who could imagine so many seals in the harbour of San Francisco? I heard about it, but when you go here, you'll be amazed. Hahaha, it's unbelievable that all those seals go sunbathing in the harbour of San Francisco.

    It's fun watching them for a while: see them fight over the best spot, just play around or lying lazy in the sun. And the noise they make is incredible.... oink, oink, oink, hahaha

    Take a look at my San Francisco page for more photos and info.

    Seals at Pier 39, San Francisco
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    San Francisco

    by sim1 Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Favorite thing:

    I've visited the US several times, but this page will be (for now) mainly about my roundtrip through the west of the USA.

    I started that roundtrip in the beautiful town of San Francisco. There is so much to do and see here, I think it is one of the best towns of the world to visit. Go and see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, China town, Pier 39, the Beautiful Victorian houses, and don't forget to take a ride with the cable car.

    I posted the picture of the 'Golden Gate Bridge', as this probably is one of the first things you think about when you hear San Francisco. Just driving over the bridge is fun, but I think that you don't see the bridge in it's full beauty.

    On the first few days of my vacation I didn't have a car, so I went by bus to the Golden Gate Bridge. (the busdriver can tell you wich buslines you should take). I really wanted to see the bridge with sunset as I do love sunsets! :-))

    There is a lookout point just before the bridge, where you have a nice view. But my tip is : go for a short walk down to the water. There is a pier there where you have a magnificent view of the bridge. There are not a lot of people there and a police car was patrolling, so it felt a bit creepy when it got dark. I am not sure if it is wise what I did, but it was sure worth it.

    Take a look at my San Francisco page for more photos and info.

    San Francisco
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    SAN FRANCISCO

    by shivan Updated Sep 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: View of this wonderful town from the heights of the Twin Peaks.
    Laura Palmer was not there, too bad.
    A lot of wind, and chill, are perceptible, instead, a lot of them.
    Mark Twain (thanks to member KEELO for remembering me the name), a famous writer, said that the coldest winter he ever experienced was a summer in San Francisco.
    A bit exaggerated, in my opinion, but I've been there twice and it was veeery cold both the times.

    from the Twin Peaks

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    SAN FRANCISCO the Nakatomi Plaza

    by shivan Written Sep 13, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This is the magnificent Nakatomi Plaza, the most relevant landmark of the downtown San Francisco, not counting the Golden Gate and maybe Alcatraz.
    I like that building for its particular shape and most of all for the action movie Die Hard, filmed there, with one of my favourite actors, Bruce Willis.
    The Nakatomi Plaza is also tall enough to be visible from every corner of the town.

    the Nakatomi Plaza

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    SAN FRANCISCO the father of all the gates

    by shivan Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I tried to be original, please believe me, I tried.
    Not putting a picture of the Golden Gate even in a San Francisco OVerview! How original.
    How stupid...
    The best thing you may find in San Francisco is this mighty relic of the roaming thirties.
    Enjoy it from the many vista points on the hill behind it, and don't forget your coat, delieve the famous writer's words if not mine. IT IS COLD UP THERE!!!!

    I couldn't avoid

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    SAN FRANCISCO

    by LysDor Updated Apr 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: A few days in Frisco before hitting the road down to LA.

    These are all MUST-DOs: the Powell-Hyde Cable Car ride from the base of Powell Street through Union Square, Nob and Russian Hills.

    By car queuing for 20 minutes before going down Lombard Street: the crookedest street in the world.

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    San Francisco

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Enjoy the cool & wonderful weather of SAN FRANCISCO. Aside from a neat layout of the city, San Francisco also boasts one of the largest Chinatown in North America, if not the world!

    For Asians, where one can find rice for meals, it's a most wonderful city!

    Fondest memory: San Francisco is the Californian city I visited most in the past few years as it has a compact & most convenient airport for transits to Toronto from Tokyo.

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    San Francisco

    by Kristina1701 Written Feb 25, 2003

    Fondest memory: You can't make a visit to California without going to San Francisco! In my opinion it's one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I just loved its unique architecture as well all the sights the city has to offer. I bet no other city in the world has as many "top" sights as San Francisco.

    Golden Gate Bridge in the fog
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  • go to san francisco - the...

    by ttg200 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: go to san francisco - the atmosphere there is amazing.
    even the tourist traps like pier 39 are fantastic.
    i suppose my recommended route through CA would be down the coast, starting at the bay area & stopping at santa cruz, monterey etc & then some so. cal coastal places like diego. if yuo want to just hang ou tthough, you can go pretty much anywhwre

    Fondest memory: the thing i miss most is root beer which i can''t fin in britain

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