Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bay Area Must Sees

Are there any must sees in the Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, etc.)?

- Shops
- Restaurants
- Attractions
- Places the locals go


SCalRF said...

If you like theme parks there's Great America in Santa Clara. There's also a fairly interesting tourist attraction called the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. It's this massive house that used to be owned by a crazy lady would kept building rooms in it because she believed it would confuse the ghosts or something.

San Francisco itself I've only been to a couple times, but there's the classics like the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, the trolleys, seafood, etc.

Mind Of Mine said...

Theme parks! <3

fan of casey said...

Mike: I love San Fran (and not because it's gay) -- you could do so much just in SF alone. There's Union Square shopping (circular escalators at SF Centre) and cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf area including Alcatraz, The Exploratorium, Chinatown, Golden Gate bridge, lots of eating places, museums.

You can do a day trip to San Jose amusement parks altho the drive and visit to Monterrey Aquarium is also very nice.

If you are staying in SF downtown, no need to get a car because public transportation is cheap and plentiful (cable car, metro, buses) or you can walk to closer attractions -- plus parking is a difficult to find and if they have it available at your hotel, it's ridiculously expensive. Just rent a car for a day or two for adventures outside the city.

I have never been to Oakland all the times I've visited SF -- there wasn't really anything that drew me there.

Cash said...

I would prob avoid all the touristy shit everyone here is recommending and check out the following: take some beers and go to Dolores park. It's one of the best in the country. The neighborhood south of the Castro and north of the Mission is awesome, great restaurants. Brunch at Lime is a definite must. If you like sports, go check out AT&T park, it's beautiful. Stroll thru the presidio, check out Chinatown for dim sum, and take Bart over to Berkeley and eat at Chez Panisse. For shopping, Haight & Ashbury, Hayes Valley, and the Marina have more interesting shit than union sq, which is basically just another high end mall, but outdoors.

Mike said...

SCALRF: I think theme parks will be in another trip ;-)

@ Fan of Casey and Cash: I tried to make it a weekend of touristy and non touristy places, and think I did a pretty good job. The Mission District was awesome.