San Francisco Journals

A week of Sports and Sightseeing in San Francisco

A November 2006 trip to San Francisco by Sask99

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: We spent a week in San Francisco / San Jose sightseeing, watching NFL and NHL, visited Alcatraz, and went shopping.

Bay Landing Hotel

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The Bay Landing Hotel in Burlingame is an excellent place to stay. Its best feature is location. It is located just south of the San Francisco airport. It is easier to find than it looks from the map. Millbrae avenue is well marked on the 101 highway and it leads right onto the Bayshore highway. Having good access to the 101 is key as this is the main highway you will take if you are going to San Francisco or to San Jose. The hotel is nicely located on the water. There is a walking trail right along the bay that was very popular with walkers and joggers. You can sit outside on the deck and watch the planes take off and land at the airport - you are close enough to see but far enough so there isn't ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2006

Bay Landing Hotel
Burlingame, California 94010
(650) 259-9000

Located within a group of unique shops is this Californian surf - themed restaurant. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available - I do not recommend sitting on the very edge next to the walkway as you will be hounded by people begging for money. Sitting outside also means you can get dive-bombed by birds (which you are not supposed to feed).

There is surfing to watch on the TV as you check out the surf decor. The food was good, although pricey. The root beer float was excellent. If you choose to dine here it is for the atmosphere and location (near the sea lions and the Alcatraz ferry isn't too far away).

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 18, 2006

Wipeout Bar and Grill
Building A Level 1 Pier 39
San Francisco, California
(415) 986-5966

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

Attraction | "Alcatraz"

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California
Alcatraz is a National Park located in San Francisco bay and is most famous for being a prison. It is a very fascinating place that you will easily spend several hours touring.First things first, how to get there. You have to take Alcatraz Cruises from pier 33. In the fall of 2006 the ferry service changed to Alcatraz Cruises from the Blue and Gold Fleet so make sure if you are getting directions that they are current (although the Blue and Gold ferry location is not too far away). If you know what day/time you want to leave, it may be a good idea to purchase your tickets ahead of time. Since we are not used to all the traffic we were not sure so we just walked up to purchase tickets - and the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2006

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

San Jose Sharks at HP Pavillion

Attraction | "San Jose Sharks"

San Jose Sharks at HP Pavillion Photo, San Jose, California
We attended two San Jose Sharks hockey games while in California. Since we love hockey we both found the games to be very exciting. The games are held in the HP Pavilion which is a fairly new and very modern facility. It is located downtown and is easily accessible by several freeways, as well as public transit. We parked in a parking garage several blocks away and didn't actually know which direction to go - so we just followed the stream of people in Sharks jerseys walking to the game. It was comforting to have a group to walk with as there were some construction sites to go by and bridges to go under which were a little scary.There are some restaurants a short walk from the stadium. Inside ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2006

San Jose Sharks at HP Pavillion
525 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, California 95113
(408) 287-7070

Candlestick Park

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Attraction | "San Francisco 49ers"

Candlestick Park Photo, San Francisco, California
There is nothing better than an NFL game. Football fans in the United States are great. There is always energy and excitement, even hours before the game starts.The 49ers currently play in Monster Park - which is on Candlestick Point just off the highway. Parking is a complete nightmare - it cost us $25 to park in a dirt lot that had broken glass you had to drive around. There are not a lot of options. There are buses but they were very hard to figure out if you were not local. BART doesn't seem to go anywhere near the stadium so we drove. Traffic after the game is awful - so be prepared to spend at least 2 hours hanging around after the game waiting for the traffic to be bearable (it will tak...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2006

Candlestick Park
Candlestick Point
Bayview Heights, San Francisco 94124
(415) 595-4900

Gilroy Premium Outlets is about an hour south of San Francisco. All you have to do is take the 101 south from San Francisco (or San Jose) and drive until you see the outlet mall. You can see the mall from the highway so it is very easy to find. There seemed to be plenty of parking.There are four separate buildings of stores (A,B,C,D) in a strip mall format (so dress for the weather). It has 145 outlet stores which gives an excellent variety. My favourite stores are located there: Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, etc. The mall was neat and clean. I did find some bargains, although it didn't seem as good as some other outlet malls I have been to. We spent about 6 hours in Gilro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2007

Gilroy Premium Outlets
681 Leavesley Rd
Gilroy, California 95020
(408) 842-3729