If you like garlic, (and I mean *really* like garlic), then the "Stinking Rose" is an interesting place to dine...
Last time I was there on vacation (most of the time, I am in the bay area on business), besides visiting friends, we went north to Napa for a day. We also stopped by the Jelly Belly factory on the way to visit something else (which I don't remember for some reason).
Fisherman's Wharf is worth a visit, especially if you like Dungeness Crab. You can also ride a cable car from there.
If you like driving, then you must try the ocean road from San Francisco. I think its called the route 1, though I am not sure. That drive is really beautiful.
You can goto downtown, go in cable cars, goto the golden gate bridge. Also if you are planning to drive down south, you can see Santa Cruz(though I think its around 100 miles from San Francisco). You can goto Yosemite National Park, goto the 17 mile drive.
I agree with the posts above. There is a lot to see in San Francisco and the surrounding area.
The warf, MOMA, Metreon, and Union Square are close to each other. Route 1 is on the other side of the city. Cruising rte 1 is very nice if you have the time (it can take you to ~LA).
Lombard street, the curviest in the world (i have know idea if its true or not), is another attraction. You can can venture down Lombard and head towards the lighthouse (or outlook, cant remember), which has a nice view.
Most book stores have tons of guide books for all kinds of interests. If you will be near Union Square, and you probably will since Powell's street car is nearby, here is Borders store: 400 Post (Post & Powell streets).
Originally posted by Henry Wong: If you like garlic, (and I mean *really* like garlic), then the "Stinking Rose" is an interesting place to dine...
It is also the place that Myself, Paul Wheaton, Marilyn de Queiroz, Jim Yingst and Michael Ernest had dinner once a few years back while i was visiting SF with my parents. One of my favourite restaurants I've ever been to.
Pounding at a thick stone wall won't move it, sometimes, you need to step back to see the way around.
A friend took me on a day trip to the Muir Woods, across the bridge, off in the hills to some of the most amazing ancient trees. If you have a beautiful day to kill outdoors, it's worth seeing. I just googled to check the spelling and see there are bus tours from SF, but that doesn't sound near as pleasant as driving around at leisure.
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of the idea. John Ciardi
Crissy Field is a great place to walk along the bay and view the GG Bridge. If you walk west to near the foot of the bridge, you will see the very spot where James Stewart rescued Kim Novak from drowning in the movie Vertigo.
Also, if you love good causes and/or marine life, check out The Marine Mammal Center in Marin County. My brother has volunteered for over a decade now.