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Long (Full) Weekend in San Francisco

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An April 2006 trip to San Francisco by airynfaerie

Murals in the Mission District Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: Seeing most of San Francisco in a long weekend takes great guides, good shoes, and strong calf muscles....but is COMPLETELY worth it!

Long (Full) Weekend in San Francisco

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Murals in the Mission District Photo, San Francisco, California
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After a wonderful trip to Oahu, my husband and I stopped through San Francisco to visit some friends before heading home to Florida. We packed in a city-full of sites, shopping, eating, and walking! San Fran is a modern city with historical overtones and interesting sites such as the rugged Alcatraz, bustling Fisherman's Wharf, tasty Ghirardelli Square, and Lombard Street (the "crookedest street in the world"). A visit to the Berkley campus, to get a glimpse of redwoods and cherry blossoms, was a treat. We also gawked at the piles of seals on Pier 39, and had our first taste of the popular In-N-Out burger joint. The looming hills we had seen in postcards became true as we hiked straight up and enjoyed...Read More

In-N-Out-Burger

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Restaurant | "In-N-Out Burger"

In-N-Out-Burger Photo, San Francisco, California
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We'd heard of In-N-Out from our friends who lived out west for years, but living on the East Coast, we'd never had the opportunity to visit, until our trip to San Fran. Founded in 1948 and styled as a retro-style diner, this burger joint is well worth the visit, especially for a cheap meal in an expensive city.The menu is shockingly simple, with only five items (hamburger, cheeseburger, double hamburger, fries, drinks/shakes) ranging from $.99 to a couple dollars. Fresh ingredients is what this place prides itself on; no burger is ever frozen, and the potato is cut on-site when fries are ordered. Of course, being vegetarians, my husband and I thought we'd be out of luck for the main dish, but there...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

In-N-Out-Burger
333 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, California 94133

Emmy's Spaghetti Shack

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Restaurant

Emmy's Spaghetti Shack Photo, San Francisco, California
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Pulling up to this somewhat grungy building with a funny painted sign made us wonder what awaited us inside, but our friends who were showing us around the city promised it was worth it and one of their favorite places. I think the best way to describe this unique restaurant is "eclectic." It is located in the Bernal Heights area of the Mission district, which explains the mural-type painting of the building outside, but offers creative, homemade Italian cuisine and sends leftovers home with you in Chinese take-out boxes! The atmosphere is funky with pink walls, various hung art pieces, from kung-fu posters to Kahlo-style oil paintings, lacy aprons hanging from a clothesline over the bar, and dim cand...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

Emmy's Spaghetti Shack
18 Virginia St.
San Francisco, California 94110
(415) 206-2086

Golden Gate Park

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Attraction

Windmills by the Sea Photo, San Francisco, California
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In this park that occupies over 45 city blocks of area, one can get lost in the various-themed gardens, museums, and overall beauty. The things to see and activities to participate in are so extensive, it would be hard to take it all in with one day-trip...but on an overcast Sunday in April we tried! Our first stop was the Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum. This section of the park boosts over 6,000 types of plants, many of which have name and fact plaques for the visitors' knowledge. We observed many types of birds and turtles as we picnicked near a pond with a quaint bridge crossing to an open field where the sounds of the Golden Gate Park Band played beautiful tunes. This band has been giving ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

Golden Gate Park
501 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, California 94118
(415) 831-2700

Lombard Street

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Attraction

Lombard Street Photo, San Francisco, California
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After hiking up the steep, steep Hyde Street from the bay, we arrived at the top of the famous Lombard Street: "the crookedest street in the world." The intersection was a hubbub of excitement, where cars from all directions merged awaiting their turn to slowly maneuver down the windy road. This is also a popular cable car stop on the Powell-Hyde route, so the distinct bells are heard down the street signaling the upcoming stop for the lines and lines of hopeful passengers waiting to hop on.We took on Lombard Street by foot the first time and, of course, stopped at the bottom to take a photo looking up at the confusion. The view from the top is worth a trip to look over the city toward the Coit Tow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

Lombard Street
Between Leavenworth and Hyde Streets on Russian Hill
San Francisco, California

Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market

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Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market Photo, San Francisco, California
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The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market is one of experiences-galore for your senses. The market, which takes place each Tuesdays and Saturdays year-round (plus Thursdays and Sundays seasonally), offers a large spread of delicious goods, from unique purple carrots to fragrant lavender bouquets. Each vendor has to pass an inspection and be a California Certified Producer in order to sell. There is an information booth you can visit to find out more about sustainable agriculture and the current vendors. Don't hesitate to strike up conversations with the farmers - they'll tell you the background of the items you choose.We enjoyed people-watching and taking our time walking through the tents and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market
At the corner of The Embarcaderro and Market Street
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 291-3276