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So I'm going to be in staying in Napa for a week with my girlfriend and her best friend who's in the Air Force out there. I'll prob be in or around San Francisco every day. I was wondering what you locals think some must sees are while I'm visiting. Bars, resturaunts or places of interest. Not just talking about aquarium stores here either. My girlfriend wants to visit Japan town so I'll probably try to sneak into AFA while I'm there ;). But any other tips for other attractions would be appreciated guys, thanks :)
 
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I'll tell you exactly what not to do because I hate the city so much...

1. Don't take **ANY** walking tours. You're literally signing up for hell.
2. Don't go to the Exploratorium, it's stupid and overrun with little kid looking at the simple and pointless exhibits.
3. Some of the aquarium stores are absolute crap, don't waste your time. Also, the public aquarium (for viewing) is bad too, don't go.
4. Avoid fountains and other water sources, many homeless people pee and poop in them.
5. Don't use public restrooms anywhere unless it is for a nice store. Restrooms in the piers and the public city restrooms are extremely ghetto and they smell worse than anything you've ever smelled and will ever smell.

Things to do:

1. Go to the mall, it's pretty nice and full of awesome restaurants. The food court is literally the shizz, go to the Kichi Grill. It's the best cheap Japanese food ever.
2. Visit Pier One and buy food but avoid the bathrooms.
3. Ride the Ferry to Alcatraz but take the self tour because the guided one sucks and self tour is more fun and faster. Spend less than an hour in the jail so you can get there, look, and get back in less than 2 hours.
4. Walk along the Golden Gate Bridge, it's really pretty and some days you can see dolphins around it (on the bay side) but don't count on it.
5. GO TO FISHERMAN'S WARF AND SEE THE SEALS. CHO KAWAII.
6. Go to Gharadelli Square.
7. Eat at Boudin Bakery (it's a bread place and they have soups they serve in bread bowls and they make them there for every Boudin in the Bay Area)
8. In Union Square there are a lot of homeless people so stay away, but on one of the sides there is this hotel with a glass elevator. The elevator requires a card, but you can usually walk in with guests. Don't ask about going up, they won't let you, just walk in behind a guest. Go to the very top floor. If it isn't foggy, you get an awesome view of the nice part of SF. It's really pretty and I have pictures of a middle-aged British woman I met in that elevator bc she photobombed me.
9. Leave SF and vow to never go back because it's ugly, it smells bad and walking hurts.
 
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Also go across the new bay bridge, if you like architecture. But FYI the bolts aren't holding and they're coming loose and I know someone who worked on the bridge project and she says she personally wouldn't drive over it because it isn't safe. Regardless, thousands upon thousands of people drive over it hourly... So it's likely not to collapse unless there's a massive earthquake which would be a fun experience for you since you're on the East Coast.

Enjoy your trip. :)
 

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Start your day at the farmers market at the pier with your girlfriend (bring cash). Nice place for fresh morning snacks/samples/breakfast and funny crafts to look at across the street. There's a lot to see there and the surrounding area. Its fun and refreshing. There are also a ton of small gourmet ice cream shops that have unique/weird flavors you need to try. Since there's quite a few shops, you can choose one that's close via yelp.

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Hahahahaha. Lot to take in here. Homeless people aren't anything new to me. Philly is rampant with them so no surprises there. Can't walk 10 feet through downtown Philly without someone asking if you can spare some change -_-. But as for the good points, I'll def check some of those places out. I want to go see the seals down at pier 39 and walk across the GGB for sure. Me and my girlfriend are food buffs so I'll see where I wind up going. That bakery and wood house fish co sounds good to me. And thank god i have no patience for tours. I'm a more explore myself kinda guy.
 

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Start your day at the farmers market at the pier with your girlfriend (bring cash). Nice place for fresh morning snacks/samples/breakfast and funny crafts to look at across the street. There's a lot to see there and the surrounding area. Its fun and refreshing. There are also a ton of small gourmet ice cream shops that have unique/weird flavors you need to try. Since there's quite a few shops, you can choose one that's close via yelp.

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Lots of ice cream places is all I needed to hear. Definitely going there :)
 

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Whoops. I probably should have indented that to two paragraphs. The ice cream shops are sccattered all over SF. There's a gourmet ice cream parlor in almost any direction, so Yelp-ing one nearby could be a backup plan for any time. :p

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Whoops. I probably should have indented that to two paragraphs. The ice cream shops are sccattered all over SF. There's a gourmet ice cream parlor in almost any direction, so Yelp-ing one nearby could be a backup plan for any time. :p

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Sounds good to me either way :) lol
 

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Walk up to Coit Tower from the bottom of Telegraph Hill. It's a beautiful neighbourhood with great little gardens. There is a flock of cherry headed conures that live there. If you want a great view of the city, go to Twin Peaks...the Marin Headlands on the north side of GGG are really great as well. Go out to Bodega Bay and drive up the coastal route! You may be able to see migrating whales this time of year. If you are into wine Dry Creek Valley is sweet...of course, you really can't go wrong anywhere in that part of CA for wine. San Francisco is NOT a dirty, gross city. In fact, I'd say that the touristy areas are the worst parts and they aren't terrible.
 

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Hit up the Academy of Sciences while you are here. It's in Golden Gate Park (lots of other neat stuff in the park, Botanical Gardens, DeYoung Art Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, etc. (and, you can drink in the park, if that's your thing...)), and has some pretty cool exhibits/displays.

Depending on how much time you have, and what your transport options are, it might be worth hitting up some other spots in the general bay area.

Aqua Forest, while not my favorite store, is definitely worth dropping by, especially if you'll be in Japan town anyways. I'm personally fond of Albany Aquarium - it's over in the East Bay, reasonably close to the El Cerrito Bart stop. Not as impressive looking tanks as some of those in Aqua Forest, but most of the staff strikes me as friendlier, if not more knowledgeable, and the livestock and plants they have generally look really good.

Chinatown is always worth visiting, especially if you are partial to the food or anything.

And I'd second hiking up to Coit tower- you might get to see the parrots (and if not, you'll likely hear them...)

Golden Gate Bridge is worth visiting if you are at all interested, and there are also a handful of old bunkers/gun emplacements scattered around the hills near there if you feel like exploring. Last I checked, most were either bolted/welded up shut, and the parts that weren't were, well, full of NSFW type debris...
 

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Are you planning on doing anything here in Napa? Wineries? Dining? I can makes some recommendations if so, otherwise enjoy SF. :) Too bad about the weather, it's been great up until now.
Yeah I think my girlfriend, her friend and significant other want to do a wine tasting thing on Wednesday. Not much of a wine guy myself. Think I'm gonna brink a flask of Jameson's with me lol
 
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