Visiting San Francisco?

My wife and I will be going for our first time to San Francisco for her birthday. In our line of work, we can only take a couple of days off work and we like to get as much done as possible, thank God money is not an issue. We like staying at 5star hotels and fine dining.

What hotel would you recommend, based on location and star rating?

What restaurants do you recommend for us?

What activities are a "must do" in San Francisco?

Thank you for your help.

4 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    If money is no object go for the Palace Hotel, old world elegance, right on Market Street with lots of public transportation right outside the doors.

    There are so many good places to eat that without knowing your tastes and budget it would not be possible to recommend specifics. If you want more informed answers post a detailed question on the dining out SF board or read some of the resolved questions there.

    Anytime you visit a city it is advisable to purchase or borrow a guide book or two. These books will give you info on weather, transportation, attractions, lodging, dining, entertainment and maps.

    Here is my

    Must Do San Francisco

    1. Ride a Cable Car, the only moving historical landmark in the world. Stop off at the Cable Car Barn at Washington and Mason to get a full understanding of this unique form of transportation. Riding the Powell Hyde line will allow you to see Lombard Street the famous crooked street.

    2. Visit Alcatraz, this former prison is the most popular destination in San Francisco. The bay cruise to and from the island will give you the opportunity to see the skyline from the water a unique perspective. It is wise to purchase tickets before you arrive as tours are often sold out

    3. Visit Coit Tower, Beautiful murals inside, impressive bay view from the tower or Pioneer Park at the base. Then descend Telegraph hill via the Filbert Steps on the east side of the park for a unique view of how folks on Telegraph Hill live, more beautiful bay views and the chance to hear and see the famous Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

    4. Golden Gate Bridge, not just a feat of engineering, this 1.7 mile span offers incredible views of The City, the bay and the Pacific ocean. Be sure to visit Ft. Point under the bridge for a different view of this San Francisco Icon.

    5. Explore Golden Gate Park, this large urban park can consume a whole day. The Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Science, the DeYoung Art Muesum, the Arboretum, Bison Paddock, and Paddle boats are all worth a look and watch the sun go down over the Pacific over a drink or dinner at the Beach Chalet.

    6. Chinatown, the most densely populated portion of San Francisco offers an abundance of shopping, food and unique architecture found outside of Asia. The best place to buy souvenirs to take home to friends and family.

    7. North Beach, traditionally the Italian section of the city which has no beach but abounds in quaint shops, great restaurants and The City’s best coffee options.

    8. Civic Center, the largest collection of Beaux Arts buildings in the US. Home to San Francisco City Hall, with a dome larger than the US Capital, the Asian Art Museum and the Modern San Francisco Library with its San Francisco History Room housing an eclectic collection of city artifacts and photographs.

    9. Yerba Buena Gardens, this urban park is home to the Museum of Modern Art. Nearby are the Museum of The African Diaspora, Cartoon Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Metreon, will keep you entertained for hours.

    10. Twin Peaks, see The City and the bay spread out at your feet. Especially captivating at night when the lights seem to go on for ever.

    Source(s): Tour guide, concierge de facto native.
  • 5 years ago

    Chinatown - are trying Dim sum Tour of AT&T Park North seashore - historical Italian part consult with Coit Tower stroll/pressure down Lombard street Golden Gate Park - De younger Museum and Conservatory of flora Ferry building (located on the Embarcadero) The Metreon Cable auto rides MOMA A ferry experience to Sausalito or Tiburon could be a high-quality add.Which you could certainly bike across the bridge and take the sausalito ferry back into the city. In the event you like looking, San Francisco Centre and Union square is a ought to For trying out the range of SF, stroll these neighborhoods: You would spend almost a full day in each and every of these The Castro District Marina District Mission District (simplest within the day time) Take the Golden Gate Transit to muir Woods and hike around for the day. Go to 511 to get info about methods to get a weeklong bus move. Or to get bus routes crucial. Restaurants: Lunches- Farmers Market (on the Ferry building), Mission (La Cumbre, El Toro, or La Tacqueria), Swan Oyster Depot, Mitchell's Ice Cream. Which you could also get first rate meals in the basement of San Francisco Centre. Possible Dinners: Slanted Door, Zuni, overseas Cinema, Boulevard, Chow, or for a unique however very luxurious deal with, Gary Danko!

  • 9 years ago

    Hotel: Westin St. Francis - very old and elegant, right on Union Square

    Restaurant: lots to choose from. Boulevard is especially nice.

    Activities: Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Sausalito, Napa or Sonoma wineries (hotel can set up tours for you)

  • Kimmie
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Food: chez maman at 1453, 18 street (b/t Missouri street & Connecticut street) Potrero hill , sanfrancisco ca 94107 $$ / hour mon - fri 11:30 am to 11:00 pm ,sat -sun 10:30 am to 11pm

    Hotels : manderin oriental sanfrancisco $$$$ phone : ( 415) 276-9888 , visit site :

    222 sansome street (b/t pine street & california street financial district sanfrancisco ,ca 94104

    Source(s): Things to do In sf I suggest you and your wife go to point reyes national seashore it's really nice place to go just to relax enjoing the veiw / nature and taking pictures it is also good place to keep your mind off things Phone : ( 415) 663 - 1835 , 1 bear valley rd point Reyes station , ca 94956 I agree with ajtheact She know what she's talking about .
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