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A March 2006 trip to San Francisco by miadelie

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: San Francisco definitely tops my list of favorite places around the world. And it is definitely my favorite spot in America! No other city here has the fresh breath of daily life in it like San Francisco. It is a port city chocked full of diversity...

Fort Mason Hostel

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Hotel | "Hosteling International's Fort Mason Hostel"

Fort Mason Hostel Photo, San Francisco, California
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The common room. Wireless is free, but they charge $1 for 10 minutes on the Internet. There is a fireplace in the middle, which they did use once while I was there. It was generally pretty cold in the hostel.During my stay in San Francisco, I stayed at the Fort Mason Hostel, owned by Hosteling International. The hostel is located in building 240 of Fort Mason, which is a National Park. The location is great as far as safety goes, but it is a little walk to most of the bus stops. The 24-hour Safeway store is a 5-minute walk, though, and that is great convenience! If you don't already have a discount card for Safeway, get one—you can save yourself a lot of money! The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Fort Mason Hostel
Fort Mason, Building 240
San Francisco 94123

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

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Attraction | "Alcatraz Island"

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California
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I have gone on the Alcatraz Tour twice now, both times utilizing Pier 39's Blue and Gold Fleet. Both times I was very impressed with the boat quality, and enjoyed the quick ride out to the rocky and dangerous island. Once you arrive on the island, you are greeted by a cheery and informative ranger, who speaks to the group for a few moments. You are then guided up the large hill (take a big breath everyone!) and to the beginnings of the building structures. You are able to view previous quarters of the guards, along with the rubble of some quarters that had caught fire. You eventually reach the actual prison, which is in quite nice condition on the inside. You are given headsets to wear and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Alcatraz Island/The Rock
San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco 94133
(415) 705-5555

National Maritime Museum

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I went to the National Maritime Museum for the first time on this visit. I am into boats, and the museum was free. So I thought, hey, why not!?! Well, now I know why not. I found this museum to be boring. Nothing more to it. I found the highlights to be the figureheads from different ships over the years, and the Morse code working light machine. The Morse code machine was for the kids to play with, but there was little else interesting there. The Morse code shot out over the bay, and you had to wonder if boats were picking up what you were doing in the fog. Anyhow, there's lots of uninteresting artifacts in the museum, such as pieces of wood from an old boat, or an old hammer from making the boat. So...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

National Maritime Museum
At the corner of Beach and Polk streets
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 561 7100

Clos Du Val Wine Company, Ltd.

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Attraction | "Clos Du Val"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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We spent one day driving up the coast to Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, and then up into Napa Valley. In Napa Valley we visited the Clos Du Val Winery, which was very interesting. It was one of the smaller wineries, and I think we received great personal attention because of that. We stayed at the winery for about 3 hours. The same man stayed with us the whole time, and he was a little buzzed-up himself. I'm not so sure if this ended up being a good thing, or a bad thing. We couldn't get him to stop talking for the life of us, but he did have some interesting things to say. I believe we paid $20 for the both of us to do the tasting, and that was credited to the bottle of wine we bought. I asked a lot of q...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Clos Du Val Wine Company, Ltd.
5330 Silverado Trail
Napa Valley, California 94558
(707) 259 2200

Muir Woods

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Attraction | "Muir Woods, Stinson Beach"

Muir Woods Photo, San Francisco, California
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We spent 1 day in San Francisco while driving up the Northern Coast. We took the drive the the infamous Stinson Beach, and it was well worth it! The beach is a classic with surfers and Great White Shark enthusiasts alike. Personally, I would never go swimming there, and the several signs warn against it. If the sharks don't get you, the rip tide will! I don't think anyone really surfs here anymore, but I'm not positive. It was a big spot in the 1950s. Anyhow, the drive is terrible if you have a fear of heights, but it provides a gorgeous view of the coast! There are hardly any guard rails, and the extremely windy road is perched right atop giant jutting cliffs! After Stinson Beach, we continued o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Muir Woods
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941-2696
(415) 561-4700

Chinatown

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Chinatown Photo, San Francisco, California
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I have never been to China, but I could only imagine this is what it would be like, minus the steep streets. Most of the residents here speak very little English, if any, and they are obviously first or second generation from China, or other Asian countries. All in all, the residents are very friendly if you take the time to get to know them. The area has an equal amount of tourist shops, as it does authentic markets. They sell everything from gorgeous dresses, to traditional Chinese weapons, to medicinal herbs and concoctions. I definitely recommend stopping to eat at one of their many authentic restaurants in the area. The food is top notch, and usually dished out in large portions. Last time I was ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2006

Chinatown
Grant Avenue
San Francisco, California

Pier 39

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Attraction | "Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf"

Crab! Photo, San Francisco, California
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If there is one thing in San Francisco that screams tourist, it is Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Yet, it has to be one of my favorite things to do in this fishy city. Fisherman's Wharf is perfect for the seafood lover, with fresh seafood in the numerous street vender's carts that surround you. Crab is the specialty, but there is also an abundance of fresh clam chowder (in the infamous sourdough bread bowl). If you don't eat seafood, make sure to at least stop at Boudin's for some sourdough bread—the finest there is! There are a lot of homeless people around this area, but they generally keep their distance. Watch yourself at night though, make sure you don't walk it alone. There is also a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2006

Pier 39
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 981 7437