Longhorn88 wrote:Off topic, I posted the same thing in the UCHastings thread.
I didn't apply (Texan staying in state) but my girlfriend and I are going to San Francisco for 4 days for spring break. Do any of yall have any recommendations of what to do while we're there? Obviously we're going to ride a street car, see fisherman's wharf, go to Golden Gate park, but are there any suggestions for activities somewhat off the beaten path?
There are literally thousands
of amazing things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area - I would recommend checking out any of the beautiful and incredible neighborhoods (Haight Street, North Beach, The Mission, The Sunset, The Castro, etc-). As a local, I would definitely recommend avoiding tourist traps like Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Alcatraz, and Ghirardelli Square - they are simply too expensive, too crowded, and there isn't much to do there. Instead, go for a walk down Columbus Street in North Beach, check out City Lights Books, and then climb Telegraph Hill to see the parrots and visit Coit Tower.
If you like art, check out some of the amazing art museums (De Young, Palace of Fine Arts, SF MOMA, etc-). If you like science or history, there are cool museums for that too (Exploratoreum, Museum of the African Diaspora, The American Comic Book Museum, etc-). If you like food, there are some places you simply can't miss (like Ike's in the Castro, The Grove on Fillmore Street, or Straw in Hayes Valley). If you like nature, there are some INCREDIBLE places all around the Bay (my favorite places to go for a hike include the Berkeley hills, the Marin Headlands, and Mt. Diablo).
It might also be worth checking out some of the neighborhoods in Berkeley (Telegraph Avenue, Shattuck) and Oakland (Lakeshore, Rockridge). To be honest, San Francisco is so beautiful that you really can't go wrong just taking a walk or hopping on a streetcar to see all the beautiful neighborhoods in the city.