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Trip List by TxAggieGirl

Perfect three days in San Francisco

8 May 2007  Recent highly-researched trip to S.F.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 9 votes

Tips for a perfect trip to San Francisco for active adults who want to blow and go.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: San Francisco, California
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Students
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Parc 55 Hotel
    Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, California
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    Avg price: $445

    Nice hotel we found for a very decent price on Hotwire. Good Thai restaurant on the 2nd floor and good room service.

  • 2. Grand Hyatt San Francisco
    Grand Hyatt San Francisco, San Francisco, California
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    Avg price: $460

    Pricey, but great views of the city and the bay from the top floors. Fantastic bar at the top of the hotel, GrandViews. Helpful concierge.

  • 3. Alcatraz
    Alcatraz, San Francisco, California

    Alcatraz has a great audio tour, although it's a bit crowded with everyone milling around. We took the last tour of the day to try and avoid some of the crowds. It worked to an extent, but we didn't have time to explore the island as much as we'd have wanted to. The ferry is crowded, which makes it tough to get good pictures, but we took a 1.5 hour bay cruise later (Red & White Fleet, I think) in the week and took some fantastic pictures of Alcatraz and the GG Bridge from the boat. Highly recommended...you must experience....THE ROCK (in Sean Connery's accent).

  • 4. Fisherman's Wharf
    Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California

    Touristy area, but lots of fun shops to pick up souvenirs for family and friends back home. Check out Candy Baron at the end of Pier 39 for your sweet-tooth. And go see the seals at Pier 39.

  • 5. Neptune's Palace
    Neptune’s Waterfront Grill & Bar, San Francisco, California

    Didn't receive fast service from the hostesses, but once we got seated, the food was good overall. We especially liked the coconut shrimp appetizer and the garlic scampi prawns were excellent....mmmmm.....

    Good restaurant if you know what you're in for...Fisherman's Wharf is tourist city. Head off the Wharf for more local fare.

  • 6. The Wok Wiz Tour
    Wok Wiz Chinatown Tours, San Francisco, California

    Booked this tour online and it was well worth the $40 per person.

    Our guide led us through the main parts of Chinatown, stopping to explain the culture along the way. We went to a temple, tea shop, fortune cookie factory, and many other sights. I actually felt sorry for the tourists milling around us with confused looks on their faces...we lucky few were in the know.

    Then after the two hour tour, we went with our group to a 12-course dim sum lunch at the Four Seas. We sat at tables of 8 and had a really fun group. The food was great and our guide explained everything to us. Nothing crazy or outlandish on the menu.

    Overall, a great value and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to know more about Chinatown, rather than just shopping.

  • 7. Four Seas Restaurant
    Four Seas Restaurant, San Francisco, California

    Lunch location at the end of the Wok Wiz tour. Yummy food and attentive server. And isn't a shady place like some you see in Chinatown.

  • 8. Golden Gate Park
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

    Gorgeous! Hard to believe you're in a huge city. We drove in and stopped several times to park and walk around. Check ahead for times when things are open. Great photo ops abound. The park road takes you right down to the beach, which is also a great place to park and walk.

  • 9. Kuleto's
    Kuleto's, San Francisco, California

    Went to Kuleto's twice in one week. The first time, we waited a while for a table and the staff seemed to forget us. Once we were seated, everything was fine. Our waiter wasn't the best, but you can't win them all. The veal scaloppini was really great and the seafood risotto was okay...a bit too monochromatic for my liking.

    When I returned a few evenings later, we had a fantastic waiter and everything was exceptional. We tried several appetizers and they were all great, as well as the duck and the veal chop entrees(which I tried of someone else's). They kept the wine flowing and we had a spectacular evening, capped off by a few drinks at the Gold Dust Lounge (a fun dive a few doors up the street).

    The food is very good, so if you get lucky and have a great waiter, you're in for a treat.

  • 10. Muir Beach
    Muir Beach, California, United States

    Got to Muir Woods too late on a Saturday (around 11 a.m.) so the lots were full and people were parking along the road for at least a half mile. Decided to forgo the woods and kept driving to discover Muir Beach. So gorgeous, could be a perfect movie set. Bring a blanket, picnic and spend several hours here.

  • 11. Bocadillos
    Bocadillos, San Francisco, California

    How fun is this place?!?! Went here for dinner on St. Patrick's Day, and had a wonderful experience. The food was FANTASTIC...especially the tuna carpaccio...if I start to dream, I can almost feel it melting in my mouth again....zzzzzz. Oh, sorry. I was having sweet dreams of tuna.

    We sat at the bar, which wasn't super comfortable for my mom who had her knee replaced last year, but we managed. The wine and beer were good too.

    We had a tough time getting a cab back to our hotel b/c they were all full of drunken revelers, but we managed. When in SF...try this place. It is indeed Bocadeeeeelish.

  • 12. Scala's Bistro
    Scala's Bistro, San Francisco, California

    Went there by myself on the lunch break during a conference. Waited a while for my waiter to notice me (I was kinda behind a column), but after that, everything was great.

    I took the advice I read in a guide book I had seen and ordered the seared salmon. It...was...superb. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

    I've read others say they waited forever, but maybe it was only at dinner, who knows. Either way, if you like salmon, try this place for lunch. It was low key and the atmosphere was nice.

  • 13. Ozumo
    Ozumo, San Francisco, California

    We waited a good while for a table, but the bar service was attentive and made the time go by faster.

    Once seated, we had a great waiter that gave us great recommendations on what to try for sushi and non-sushi eaters. The garlic-soy edamame was fantastic, as well as the sashimi martini. The rolls we ordered were great too.

    We had a great table by the window in the corner that looked out on to the Bay Bridge. Nice atmosphere and helpful wait staff. Highly recommended for Japanese.

  • 14. Red and White Fleet
    Red and White Fleet, San Francisco, California

    Only $21 for a 1.5 hour bay cruise, and had the best photo ops of almost the whole trip. I'm talking postcard-looking pics of the GG Bridge, Alcatraz and the city. The audio explanations are good for a bit of history too.

  • 15. Palace of Fine Arts
    Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

    We just stopped by here on our way to the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond, but the grounds are absolutely gorgeous. Great photo ops and peaceful to walk around.

    I do know they have theater productions, and am determined to go see a show there next time around. Either way, it's worth seeing.