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A Perfect Week in the San Francisco Bay Area
Create a Plan for a Wonder-filled Vacation in San Francisco,
our extraordinary Wine Country, Monterey, Carmel, Silicon Valley,
San Jose ...Yosemite?
If you're lucky you'll have a whole week in our San Francisco Bay Area…there's enough to do here to fill at least 7 days (and nights). Or maybe you have only a long weekend. Whatever the case, don't block out activities for every hour. Leave space for coming across completely un-expected places where you'll want to linger...or return. Do allow time for casually exploring a fascinating neighborhood or picturesque town, for soaking in the natural wonders around you, for joining in our vibrant nightlife, or for taking a late-afternoon nap after a shiatsu massage. Be aware that with some guided tours you gain access to a Victorian home interior, the magnificent nave of Stanford's Memorial Church, or the most delicate murals at Coit Tower--places often closed to the general public. A Friend in Town can alert you of those possibilities once we know your particular interests.
(Day 1) Arrive. If there are a few hours remaining before bedtime, begin to recover from jetlag and your long day by relaxing with activities that do not require reservations: ride the "little cable cars that climb halfway to the stars" (the Hyde Street line from Powell & Market) up Nob Hill thru Chinatown and down to Fisherman's Wharf, where at Pier 39 you chuckle at the antics of the barking sea lions; appreciate views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge; make dinner of fresh crab from a street stand or clam chowder in sourdough bowls at Boudin's. Still not tired? Ride a historic trolley (the F Line) to the end of the line and back. Or climb Telegraph Hill for its panoramic views of city lights and the Bay.
(Day 2) Take A Friend in Town's "Everybody's Favorite City" Tour* that features the amazing! Muir Woods redwood forest, quaint Sausalito and Golden Gate Park. Evening can offer new experimental theater, stand-up comedy, or jazz at legendary Yoshi's or the new San Francisco Jazz Center.
(Day 3) Sleep in. Take a free walking tour of one of the city's unique neighborhoods or landmarks—with San Francisco City Guides. Enjoy a leisurely lunch. Step inside boutiques on Union Street, a quiet shopping district oriented towards more mature women. Or revisit the Sixties on Haight Street...whichever you choose, you'll discover treasures never seen at Bloomingdale's. Or consider taking A Friend in Town's "Villages" Tour* where you can see more one-of-a-kind neighborhoods in less time. Having arranged it several weeks in advance, take Alcatraz' Evening Tour...admire sunset views of the Bay on the way out and the twinkling city skyline on the way back.
(Day 4) Take one of A Friend in Town's Wine Country Tours*. We offer more choices as to regions, wineries, restaurants, scenery, things to taste other than wine...than any other tour company. Back in San Francisco very relaxed, you may want to do something that doesn't require close attention :-)
(Day 5) If it's Sunday, get in line early at Glide Memorial Church to experience a truly diverse congregation and some of the city's best gospel music. Afterwards take a bus out to the Cliff House for brunch overlooking Ocean Beach. Spend the afternoon on a rented bike or skates in Golden Gate Park. Set aside a couple of hours for the justly famous Japanese Tea Garden, the dramatically designed DeYoung Art Museum next door, the "green" California Academy of Sciences directly across…or lounge in a paddle-boat on Stow Lake. If you're into high tech, you may want to take our Silicon Valley/San Jose Tour*, where you can get close to Facebook, Apple, Oracle…and experience the superb Computer History Museum (near the Googleplex), Intel's Museum and,or the beautiful campus of Stanford University.
(Day 6) Take A Friend in Town's Monterey & Carmel Tour*, during which you'll see some of the world's most productive farmland en route to some of California's most spectacular coastal scenery along the Seventeen Mile Drive. There's also Carmel-by-the-Sea, for which the adjective "charming" was invented:-) Clint Eastwood and Doris Day live nearby, and the late "Painter of Light" (Thomas Kinkade) was often inspired by Carmel. You have options: visit the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium, look around the world-famous Pebble Beach Lodge, see thousands of the magical and mysterious monarch butterflies (in season), spot otters in their natural habitat, enjoy the incomparable vistas along the Big Sur* coast.
(Day 7) Spend your last day power shopping, visiting our excellent Asian and Modern Art Museums, or following up on something that really intrigued you before—perhaps those Dead posters on Haight Street—or just pretending you're a local, nursing a cappucino at a North Beach cafe.
Book with us and we'll help you determine whether it's opera or baseball (Go Giants! Go A's!) hang-gliding or in-line skating, dim sum or cerviche that are going to make this your vacation of a lifetime!
* We're happy to take you on as many as 3 tours if you're new to A Friend in Town...4 if you've enjoyed tours with us before.
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