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San Francisco in 5 hours?

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Hi - We are doing a couples trip to Napa and flying into San Francisco. One couples flight was changed and now we have 4 hours to hang out in San Francisco until we need to go back to the airport and pick them up with our rental car. What are some things we can do to enjoy San Francisco in that short amount of time on a Tuesday? We arrive around 10am. Once they arrive we will pick them up and drive to Napa Valley.

Thanks in advance for all of your help and suggestions.

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You could either go to San Francisco or Half Moon Bay and enjoy the coast and lunch.

For 4 hours in San Francisco see Golden Gate Park and have lunch at the art museum.

You can then return to the airport and then drive over the golden gate bridge to wine country.

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Do you have the full 4 hrs (or is it 5 hrs), counting the time it would take for you to get your luggage and your rental car? Going into the city, I would consider 2 negative factors. The need to find (and pay for) parking, and parking your car with your luggage inside. Going to Half Moon Bay is an option. It's about 30 min drive. There is a nice downtown area with restaurants. Or try Sam's Chowder House, where you can park and eat and take a walk on the beach.

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You could park at the Embarcadero garage, visit the ferry building with its food shops, the Plaza in front with fountain and palm trees, then walk up to see Chinatown and Union Square. Walk back down a different path - perhaps down Market Street. You will see those 3 iconic places in San Francisco, plus the Bay Bridge and lots of very cool modern and historic buildings in the Financial District. If you have the time, lunch at the Cafe de la Presse across from the gate into Chinatown is a good option.

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I'd do a self guided driving tour and stopping whenever I felt like it. I'm sure there are numerous ones already online or at the visitor center. Lombard is a must.

Golden Gate Park. North Beach. Coit Tower. Nob Hill. Castro. Haight Ashbury and all that.

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Thanks

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Thanks so much!

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Thanks!

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Not a lot of time, unfortunately.

I would consider staying fairly close to SFO.

My suggestion is predicated on having a car w/ a trunk:

Anza Lagoon, immediately behind the Hilton SFO has several parks and the San Francisco Bay Trail - https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60713-d117150-r501708358-San_Francisco_Bay_Trail-San_Francisco_California.html

Perhaps park at Kincaid’s, and grab a bite: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32124-d1370947-r533214211-Kincaid_s_Fish_Chop_Steakhouse-Burlingame_California.html

Best of luck,

Hunt

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Dim Sum at Yank Sing and then the Ferry Building.

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Is this 5 hours total which you think gives you 4 hours in SF? Meaning you assume an hour of getting bags, rental car and round trip drive? That’s under estimating IMO. Even driving to SF + parking will be 40-45 minutes. And after going back to the airport, you’re going to turn around and drive back through traffic to Napa.

Could your friends take BART into the city to eliminate a LOT of driving? You could park at Embarcadero Center and they could exit BART at Embarcadero. That would give you an extra hour or more.

Otherwise the Half Moon Bay idea is a good one. But check traffic before you go. It a 2 lane road over the hill and any little stall or fender bender caused big delays.

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