Monday, August 20, 2007

Travels with Family!

I'm traveling to San Francisco August 31 - September 5 with the family! I'm super excited - I've always wanted to go there. So I'm soliciting you, dear readers, for fun things to do! Give me the inside scoop! Who's been there? Who's lived there?

Touristy, I know...but I want to ride a trolley. When I was little, my dad would take me to work with him on occasion and we'd ride the trolley from the parking lot to his office. It will bring back fun memories for me.

Chinatown looks like fun.

I don't think the trip would be complete without a tour (the Night Tour - take a gander - Mom just bought the tickets!) of Alcatraz.

I foresee a trip to the wine country...either Sonoma or Napa Valley...

Obviously, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must.

I don't know much about this area...but maybe North Beach?? Thoughts?

Pacific Coast Highway would be beautiful!!

Anyway, give me your advice! I gotta know! :)


Jim Gibb said...

I'd say see a drag show, and bring me back some wine.

By the way, what are your plans for when you get back? :)

Sarah Ashlee said...

I'll bring you back a magnet.

I can just see Mom and Pops watching a drag show...It'll take enough effort to get them to wine country!

I'm going on solo mini-vacay, if you must know... ;)

Michael said...

I used to live out there in the early to mid 80s. (Live in San Jose).

If we were on honor roll the first quarter, our reward was a trip to Fisherman's Wharf. It's fun but I wouldn't devote a whole day to it.

There is the "crookedest street in the world" there.

If you're a movie fan, they filmed parts of Vertigo, Bullet and Star Trek 4 there. (I begged my mom when they were filming Trek 4 there to take me to see it being filmed but she wouldn't...until after it was done and then said--why didnt' we go?!?)

Not sure I can recommend any places specifically cause it's been 20 plus years since I lived there. Plus I was in middle school and a freshman in ya know, not much on the wine sampling. LOL

Scotty said...

I have never visited, just driven through. BUT, can say that a PCH drive is awesome.

Sarah Ashlee said...

Michael - I've heard that Fisherman's Warf is nice. Good to know not to devote a lot of time to it! I read something about the crookedest street...Lombard or something like that...

Scotty - Good to hear!

Thanks guys!

Michael said...

I can't recall the name of the street. I can see the postcards of it in my mind's eye, though.

I know...not very helpful.

And there was this cool museum The Exploratorium out there...but this was 15 plus years ago. It was all sciencey and I think geared toward the younger generation.

But hey...a thought.

GMan said...

I made the mistake of rooting for my Cubs at Candlestick Park circa 1989 and took a lot of abuse from Giants fans. I doubt you'll want to go watch a baseball game, but if you do and root for the visiting team....beware.

Slave to the dogs said...

Take the 49-mile drive when you first get there to get an overview of all the sights. Here's a link:

You can use that as a gauge for places you want to spend more time at. The view from the top of Twin Peaks is amazing if you can manage to take this drive on a clear day.

I haven't been there yet but I've also heard wonderful things about the Exploratorium. And if you go across the Golden Gate, spend a bit of time in Sausalito.

The Alcatraz tour is well worth it.

IMHO, you won't be there long enough to make it up to wine country. You can spend a week in Napa or Sonoma on their own. If you want a day trip as a diversion, I recommend heading down to Santa Cruz. Go walk down the boardwalk from The Lost Boys.

Chinatown is fun but don't be expecting the Chinatown of NYC. It's smaller and less chaotic. And Lombard is the crooked street.

DO go see the sea lions in Fisherman's Wharf. They were the best part of the whole area.

MrWriteNow said...

Is Beach Blanket Bingo still there? Ask around. if it is...GO. It's a SF classic.

And go "boo" barry bonds at a Giants game. (He doesn't even deserve to have his name capitalized...)

Have a great time. (and nice to "see" you. It's been a while!)