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Where should I visit if we have 4 days in SF at the end of March?

1. do we need reserveation to visit Alcatraz? 

2. Should we rent a car? 

3. Which restaurants do you recommend?

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    Golden Gate National Recreation Area San Francisco CA 94123 (415) 705-1042

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  • jessica jung

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    1. Reserve/buy your ticket to Alcatraz at least 2 weeks in advance or else you might not have a chance to check it out.

    2. Don't rent a car unless you want to travel outside of San Francisco.

    - Finding parking is difficult and can get really $$$. Plus, you wouldn't be able to leave anything in your car because your window WILL be broken into and your stuff gone (no exaggeration it's a big problem here) .

    Best advice is to walk and download the "Uber" App for quick and easy transportation when walking is too far for where you want to go (yellow taxis are sometimes hard to find).

    3. My favorite spots tend to be great evening date spots not cheap but not crazy expensive either depending on what you order. You can dress up or dress down (I've seen both in all these places).

    • Italian food: Amarena (Russian Hill) the gnocchi is divine.
    • Steak: Osso Steakhouse (nob hill),
    • Dim Sum: Yank Sing (but if you want more local and for cheap try "DDelicious Dim Sum" 752 Jackson st, Chinatown. It's literally a whole in the wall but the best fresh and price for dim sum)
    • Greek: Kokkari Estiatorio (Financial District), best lamb chops I've ever had in my life hands down
    • Wine bar with great cheese pairings: Hidden Vine (Financial District), Mission Cheese (in the mission) it's cheaper and very hipster but great for people watching, get there early so you can sit outside

    People here love to review restaurants so checkout Yelp.com to find exactly what you'd like to try.

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  • Valerie Axworthy

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    Unfortunately, Alcatraz is booked months and months in advance!

    I would advise not renting a car, San Francisco is a walkable city. There's also BART, cabs, and Uber options :) I'm from the Bay Area and visited SF plenty of times and to this day, find it hard to drive in the city. I stick to public transportation.

    For places to eat, I went to Kokkari Estiatorio last weekend and loved it! I also really like Boulevard and Front Porch (really good Cajun food).

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      Valerie, thank you very much. My son, who just moved to SF told me the same thing: don't rent a car and use the public transportation. I will definitely check the restaurants you mentioned. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jon Hanzen

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    The city is building a NEW Exploratorium Museum on the Warf (Not sure if it is complete or not). This would be a definite for me, also the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art looks spectacular (also never been). Here's something different. If you rent a car drive N. 30 min. to Mount Tamalpais on Sunday and enjoy a sitting meditation at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. It's only sunday mornings but it is on the beach and a pretty drive! There is a wonderful 45 min. lecture after the sit and herbal tea to follow. You can walk the grounds / temple and appreciate nature, even if it's raining!

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      The Exploratium (Pier 15, on the Embarcadero) has been open for a couple years. SFMOMA is currently closed for a major renovation/expansion. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Emi Dunn Rigby

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    1. You definitely need Alcatraz tickets in advance! If they are sold out, you can get them as part of a city package.
    2. Don't get a car if you'll be in the city -- use the bus, a trolley pass, or take Uber! Your first ride will be free up to $25 with code: UberontheGo.
    3. My complete guide of restaurants can be found here!! http://welltraveledwife.com/2014/04/sf-food-guide.html

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  • Oshry Lev-Har

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    I would also advise not renting a car, unless you are interested in exploring areas outside of the city like Napa or Muir Woods National Monument (in which case I would only rent a car for that day). There are also numerous tour groups that you can take for both places mentioned, which can be fun especially if you are planning to do some wine tasting. If your plan is to stay in the city you can walk, use public transportation (BART and Muni) and/or take cabs/uber to get anywhere. It is not advisable to drive around the city as parking can be a hassle.

    One of the greatest things about SF is the variety of amazing food and I can go on and on with this list, but I will give you my top 3:

    1. Mission Chinese Food

    2. State Bird Provisions

    3. Rich Table

    I also love eating from the food trucks and Off the Grid (Fridays at Fort Mason in the Marina) is a great way to enjoy them all with some live music:

    http://offthegridsf.com/markets

    There are usually a few at the Farmer's Market on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Ferry Building Marketplace. Also a great SF experience.

    http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/farmers_market.php

    You must not forgo eating from a Taqueria in the Mission, the original Chipotle but better. This is classic SF. La Taqueria is my go-to.

    There really is no shortage of great places to eat, especially if you visit the hot neighborhoods like the Mission St, NoPa or along the Embarcadero Center. These are good resources for finding restaurants to meet your mood:

    http://www.thrillist.com/eat/san-francisco

    http://www.7x7.com/eat-drink/big-eat-2015-100-things-eat-sf-you-die-0#/0

    And finally, for some of the best pastries you will ever have go to Tartine bakery. There is usually a line around the block but worth the wait.

    Enjoy your trip! As you may be able to deduce I love this city!

    Feel free to ask more questions.

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  • Abbie Allenson

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    I wouldn't rent a car in SF because they have a lot of public transportation that's easy to us there. I would look into getting a reservation for Alcatraz- it's an amazing visit if you can fit it in! I would definitely walk around the streets on Haight St/Ashbury St- it's really cool shopping and people watching. I'd also show them Lombard Streetand possibly the Full House house if your kids like that show.

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  • Angela Lewis

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    Yes you need reservations for Alcatraz, but it isn't booked months in advance only a few days or maybe a week or two depending on the time of year. I went last Friday and didn't get tickets until Tuesday of that week. The sign at the ticket counter Friday morning said tickets were sold out until Monday. You get the point. Look now and I bet you will have no problem getting them.

    I wouldn't recommend a car either. You'll pay too much to park and it isn't a good city for tourist to drive in.

    Also, Calzone's Pizza Cucina in North Beach has great food in a fun setting if you like Italian.

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      Angela, Thank you for the advice. We do like Italian. · (0 likelikes)

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