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  • AccidentProne 20 May 2016 08:20:47 1,359 posts
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    What's wrong with Fisherman's Wharf by the way? Going to SF with some friends later in the year and they seem rather keen on staying in the area. That was based on recommendations from a friend who used to live there. Other option mentioned was Union Square, though I think they've booked a Fisherman's Wharf hotel already...
  • TheSaint 20 May 2016 08:26:06 18,667 posts
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    It is worth a visit but very touristy. I prefer to stay closer to union square.
  • kadooosh 20 May 2016 08:48:24 3,226 posts
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    I'm going in a couple of weeks, apart from the obvious, alcatraz and golden gate bridge, any recommendations on what else to do/places to eat?

    Just read the first page.. Lots of suggestions!

    Edited by kadooosh at 08:49:17 20-05-2016
  • AccidentProne 20 May 2016 08:57:53 1,359 posts
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    I guess touristy won't be too much of a problem for us and Union Square looks close enough that it won't really matter if a few of us decide to stay there instead.
  • TheSaint 20 May 2016 09:04:19 18,667 posts
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    Yeah if it is already booked I wouldn't worry. Only 5 or ten minutes between the two in an Uber.
  • Armoured_Bear 20 May 2016 09:42:59 27,192 posts
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    AccidentProne wrote:
    What's wrong with Fisherman's Wharf by the way? Going to SF with some friends later in the year and they seem rather keen on staying in the area. That was based on recommendations from a friend who used to live there. Other option mentioned was Union Square, though I think they've booked a Fisherman's Wharf hotel already...
    It's horrible apart from the sea lions , obscenely touristy, full of tat, souvenir shops. Some tards like that shit though.
  • Dougs 20 May 2016 09:47:38 89,929 posts
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    It's fine for a wander around for a morning or afternoon. Wouldn't want to spend much longer than that there but it's not as if it's the worst place in the world evar.
  • Duffking 20 May 2016 10:49:08 16,262 posts
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    I got to explore SF for a day last Friday, basically took the cable car and went for a wander in the Golden Gate Bridge / Palace of Fine art direction, came back and looked around Fisherman's Wharf and then went back into town, wandered for a bit and then got back on the train.

    I thought it was a pretty cool place to be honest, wish I'd had more time to actually "do" anything but I just had a day.

    Definitely more going for it than San Jose where I spent most of my week. Definitely noticed the homeless there a lot more too.
  • OtterofJustice 20 May 2016 10:53:26 2,270 posts
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    I loved San Francisco. Much more of a European feel than to somewhere like LA. The pizza here is very good if anyone is going soon:

    http://tonyspizzanapoletana.com/
  • urban 24 Aug 2016 09:34:11 13,072 posts
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    Flying to Oakland tomorrow for another 19 day trip around the Bay area and all over California really

    Prairie creek Redwood park, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite. Lotta hiking planned.

    I shall eat plenty of burgers and pizza and beer and report back!
  • disusedgenius 24 Aug 2016 09:38:04 9,944 posts
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    Sounds similar to a trip I did. Oddly enough one of the highlights was the drive from the Redwoods (though I did Humboldt rather than all the way up to Redwood) over to Tahoe. That was about 5 distinct climates in 10 hours.
  • kadooosh 24 Aug 2016 09:43:34 3,226 posts
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    urban wrote:
    Flying to Oakland tomorrow for another 19 day trip around the Bay area and all over California really

    Prairie creek Redwood park, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite. Lotta hiking planned.

    I shall eat plenty of burgers and pizza and beer and report back!
    Do the bug Sur if you can, incredible!
  • anephric 24 Aug 2016 09:53:29 3,337 posts
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    I thought Big Sur was pretty much on fire at the mo. Some of the places I went to on hollipops recently have been completely burnt out - there are warnings for Hearst Castle and the like.
  • kadooosh 24 Aug 2016 10:04:31 3,226 posts
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    No way! Didn't know that, what a shame, one of the niceest places I've been. The drive down it was epic.
  • anephric 24 Aug 2016 10:16:55 3,337 posts
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    I was just leaving California when the heatwave really started to kick in - it was 47C when we were in Palm Springs, hotter than Death Valley (which was surprisingly okay when we went through, apart from the massive fucking sandstorm that added on a 5 hour diversion to Vegas).

    I never want to experience heat like that again, it was unbearable.
  • Gl3n Moderator 24 Aug 2016 11:00:10 6,671 posts
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    I'm over that way for work again in a few weeks. I've really only a few days to check stuff out from my base in south San Francisco.

    Any recommendations for off the beaten track stuff?

    I've been a few times before and I've cleared through the obvious tourist stuff, but also Yosemite, Muir wood etc. Suppose I have two evenings and two days (the second of which involves flying home early evening).

    Edit: I'll be in St Louis (...yay) for a few days before and am fitting in a Baseball game, so that's ticked.

    Edited by Gl3n at 11:00:43 24-08-2016
  • boo 24 Aug 2016 11:07:35 13,522 posts
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    Hire a car and drive down Lombard Street.
  • urban 24 Aug 2016 11:11:37 13,072 posts
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    @kadooosh Did it 2 years ago, utterly superb. Friend said she'd driven down it 6 times before and it was always fogged in...

    That time tho it was sublime! Don't appear to have the photos uploaded anywhere but I'll get em up tonight because it was awesome. Yosemite too!
  • urban 24 Aug 2016 11:13:54 13,072 posts
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    @anephric https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1ZpcZ8OMZh1G1XwRmt9GaCwH6f-g Jesus! That's big!
  • disusedgenius 24 Aug 2016 11:16:16 9,944 posts
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    It's not exactly off the beaten track or anything and it still a tourist thing, but if you have a car then the Monterey Aquarium is, well, just a really good Aquarium!

    Oh, and urban, if you're passing near Fresno and you're enough of a nerd to enjoy small, odd-but-kinda-impressive human endeavours then the Forestiere Underground Gardens is (literal) cool little way of spending a bit of time on their tour.
  • urban 24 Aug 2016 11:19:37 13,072 posts
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    How American's do travel photography...



    I'm too white for this shit





    But genuinely, this was my ultimate highlight of the trip. Finding a Bass pro shop...they're the most American thing America has ever America'd







    Edited by urban at 11:31:11 24-08-2016
  • anephric 24 Aug 2016 11:22:16 3,337 posts
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    I went whale-watching in Monterey rather than go to the aquarium. It was pretty cheap and even though we only saw a few humpbacks from afar (and a shark!) it was a great way to spend a morning.
  • Gl3n Moderator 24 Aug 2016 11:38:50 6,671 posts
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    Yeah Whale watching has always been on the list, but I've usually steered clear due to the fear of spending a day on a boat without any whales to actually watch.

    Also done Napa/Sonoma, highly recommend. Never made it further south than the airport though!

    Not really counting Palo Alto/Mountain View etc.

    Edited by Gl3n at 11:40:12 24-08-2016
  • Tonka 24 Aug 2016 11:40:41 29,679 posts
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    Gl3n wrote:
    Any recommendations for off the beaten track stuff?
    From what I heard a lazy afternoon in Dolores Park is what the locals do. Not off the beaten track since it's usualy packed with people but not on any of the top 10 lists I saw.

    If I ever go back I'll definitely try to squeeze in a visit to California academy of Sciences though, which is on a few of the lists
  • disusedgenius 24 Aug 2016 11:44:02 9,944 posts
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    I've never been a massive fan of whale-watching. It's nice and all (well, the time I was doing it in Iceland was kinda brutal, but I expect this would be more like Hawaii, the other time I've done it), but the chances are you're just going to have a kinda nice time on a boat and see a few fins.

    Whereas the aquarium definitely has sea otters and definitely have to feed them at some point!
  • anephric 24 Aug 2016 11:44:55 3,337 posts
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    @Gl3n If you check the operators they tell you what you're likely to see on any given day and what the recent trips' success rates have been like.

    I used Princess Monterey.

    http://www.montereywhalewatching.com
  • anephric 24 Aug 2016 11:46:35 3,337 posts
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    @disusedgenius If you go when they're lively, humpbacks breach, it's pretty spectacular. You need the right time of year, though.
  • Tonka 24 Aug 2016 11:49:50 29,679 posts
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  • Duffking 24 Aug 2016 11:50:19 16,262 posts
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    I thought this was fairly cool when I was there a couple of months ago.

  • Gl3n Moderator 24 Aug 2016 12:04:43 6,671 posts
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    Brill, thanks for the tips. I'll be reliant on public transport (ugh) but will check out Monterey routes.
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