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How to get there

  • By plane

Approx 5 hour direct flight from DC

San Francisco has two major airports, the main one being San Francisco International Airport which is 24 Km outside of the city. From the airport a metro can be taken into the city. www.flysfo.com

The second airport is Oakland International Airport. www.oaklandairport.com

  • By car

It takes about 6 hours from Los Angeles to get to there (Interstate Highway 5). Make sure that you avoid the rush-hours, otherwise the trip will take 2 hours longer.

What to see

 museum of Modern Art
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museum of Modern Art
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

151 Third Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Telephone: 415.357.4000 Fax: 415.357.4037 http://www.sfmoma.org/

Winter Hours (Labour day - Memorial Day): Monday - Tuesday: 11 am - 5.45 pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 11 am - 8.45 pm Friday - Sunday: 11 am - 5:45 pm

SFMOMA is closed on the following public holidays: New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. SFMOMA closes at 4:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Admission: $12.00 Adults $7.00


 China Town
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China Town
  • San Francisco China Town

Great buildings, shops, restaurants



  • Golden Gate Bridge

Ferry rides and cruises can be taken from around Fishermans Wharf and pier 39. Bike hire is also available for the more energetic amongst you.

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge


  • Cable Cars

It wouldnt be a trip to SanFrancisco without a ride on a notorious cable car! Its a great experience and good way to get your bearings of the city from the centre down to fishermans wharf

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cable car


  • Lombard street

Called the crookedest street in the world, gives excellent views of North Beach as you descend


  • Fishermans Wharf

Highlights around Fishermans Wharf include: Ghirardeli Square Boudin Bakery Maritime Museum Pier 39

Alcatraz
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Alcatraz
  • Alcatraz island

Trips to the island by ferry with the Blue & Gold Fleet can be booked from Fishermans Wharf Pier 41. Also trips can be organized online at www.nps.gov/alcatraz

Both day time and evening trips are possible.Trips usually take aroun 2-2.5 hours

Admission Adults: $16.50 (day-time)

  • Grace Cathedral

1100 California Street www.gracecathedral.org

Situated on Nob Hill (which is another must see in SanFrancisco), this is a really beautiful cathedral to visit

Opening Hours Monday - Friday and Sunday: 7 am - 6 pm Saturday: 8 am - 6 pm

  • Bank of America

If you get to the 52nd floor of the Bank of America building located in downtown, and go to the cocktail lounge, you will have a wonderful view of San Francisco.


  • Coit Tower

One of the towers which give you a nice overview of San Francisco. Located in the north east, below Alcatraz. You can also visit the Levi Plaze, which is a litle more to the east. The stairs between them lead you through a beautiful and quite neighbourhood. Entrance fee is 4.50 dollar. More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coit_Tower


  • Palace of Finearts'

Looks impressing and very old. The setup looks like a park. Has a lot of beautiful views, nice park, and a museum at the west side. More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Fine_Arts


Where to eat

  • Il Pollaio

Located at 555 Columbus Ave, between Green and Union sts, North Beach/Telegraph Hill. Simple, very affordable, and consistently delicious. They prepare grilled chicken served with fries or huge salads for more than reasonable price (about $8). They cook in front of you and the room is tinny which gives a friendly atmosphere.

  • House of Nanking

In Chinatown at 919 Kearny St, close to Jackson St Maybe one of the best cheap Chinese restaurants in San Francisco. Prices are very reasonable (entree 7 - 9$) and the food is absolutely delicious, what you would not expect regarding the interieur - but there are lines in front waiting for a seat.


Public transportation

San Francisco has a very good public transportation system named MUNI which includes metros, buses, cable cars and tramway's. You can easily visit San Francisco without renting a car. A bus ticket is $1.50 and works the same as in Washington DC. You need a transfer as proof of having paid.

You can buy transportation passports so that you can take unlimited rides on Muni. This includes cable cars ($5 per Trip w/o Muni Passport)
1-day Passport $11
3-day Passport $18
7-day Passport $24

http://www.sfmuni.com

You can reach the outer areas and shuttle from the airport to the city with BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The charge for a transfer from SFO to Downtown is $5.15.
http://www.bart.gov


Partying

All clubs and bars close at 2am. Most clubs have an entrance fee of $10. Haight street is a nice place to hang out. Lots of bars, restaurants, and shops. Comparable with South Street in Philadelphia. Google Maps


Day Trips from San Francisco

Trips to the wine country; Napa Valley and Sonoma http://www.napavalley.com/

Monterey http://www.monterey.org/visitorinfo.html Great aquarium, wharf and beach. Activities including sea kayaking and hiking.

Big Sur (3 hrs from SanFran) http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/ Good camping and out door activities

Yosemite National park The park can be visited as a long day trip from San Francisco but is much better visited over several days to enjoy excellent scenery, camping and hiking. www.nps.gov/yose

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