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I was hesitant to post here again, as on one of my last posts I got some really horrid comments, actually quite hurtful regarding the fact I must be trolling.

Maybe I have disabilities? I think you should be more considerate. Anyway with that out of the way I do have a question

What is San Francisco like for 1 or 3 travellers! Last year I was in LA and we found it hard to get around, as neither of us could drive.

Is the transport system better? I heard it is really expensive, hopefully I’m going to learn to drive so in the next 2 or so years I can go out there and not worry about that.

Is it worth going back to California? I’ve been to New York, again my interests are not so much touristy things, bars, good restaurants, lots of parks and places to take good photos, etc, that is what I am looking for.

I love America and financially it doesn’t make much sense to go back, but I’m adjusting my finances so I have some free money, Ny and La I didn’t really have a purpose to go out there, but wouldn’t take the experience back

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San Francisco, Ca
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1. Re: Hey

>>Is the transport system better? <<

San Francisco has a very good public transport system. Just like London and NYC, many folks who live here don't own cars, or don't use them in the city. It's only 7x7 miles, so very compact and user-friendly.

Yes, it's expensive, but if you figure the same costs as in London, you'll be fine. (And transportation is cheaper!) So if you'd spend 10 pounds on a meal in London, figure $10 in San Francisco. Or to give yourself more of a cushion, figure $13 since that's the rough value of 10 pounds currently.

Maybe look at some travel guides for SF, or Google Image Search to get an idea if it looks like you expect. And since this query is just about the lovely city of San Francisco, you might start reading the SF forum here on TA to get some background. There are also quite a number of FAQs to the right on that forum (viewed on a full web browser) that will give you very detailed answers to lots of questions, from how to get around to where to eat.

San Francisco, Ca
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79 reviews
2. Re: Hey

I just read your topic on the Las Vegas board where you gave more details on that trip that you were considering. You don't mention a budget in this post, but I really hope your budget for San Francisco is more than the 1000 pounds for 10 days that you were planning for Vegas. "Dirt cheap" Airbnb units don't exist in SF -- or at least not in any area that is both convenient and safe. I'd say $100/night for a shared unit is the cheapest I'd recommend. You can get hostels for around $50-70/night.

If you repost on the SF board looking for more information/details, do include when you're considering coming, how many nights you'll be staying and your lodging budget.

(And don't take things posted on the internet so much to heart... one person speculated that you were a troll, but everyone else took you at face value and provided information. If that's the worst thing anyone ever says about you, you'll have a great life!)

San Francisco...
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for San Francisco
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149 reviews
3. Re: Hey

There are Trip report first post of this SF forum. They are from other visitors so do have a look. That should help

Washington State
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for Yosemite National Park
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4. Re: Hey

Here is a direct link to the San Francisco / SF forum page:


Marina, California
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for Tucson
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106 reviews
5. Re: Hey

If you want to visit the US, and you're concerned about money, then you may want to choose a different region. SF, LA and New York are the three most expensive cities in the country. And they're not at all representative of the country as a whole. I mean, "bars, good restaurants, lots of parks," my first thoughts are St. Louis, New Orleans or Atlanta.

You can have a really nice visit to SF without using public transit to get around. I just mostly walk when I'm up there. There are some touristy things that everyone wants to see, like the Golden Gate Bridge, that are far enough that you have to take public transportation to reach it, but most of the things worth seeing are pretty compact.

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