There are many Bay-Area'ers on this list, so you might get more advice and
suggestions than you'd like. Since you are asking on the RBW list and going
to visit Riv, I am assuming that you are OK with biking, which I would say
is the best way to see the City and the surrounding areas, given the amount
of time you have. Recently I hosted my family for a week, and I haven't
driven in the City for a while up until then, and driving and looking for
parking is highly non-relaxing, especially on a weekend, and especially on
a nice-weather weekend which we have been having nonstop (and we really
want more rain).
I would recommend find a bike to use, and work out a itinerary from there.
All the major attractions, nature and otherwise, can be reached by bike,
and you can see many of them in one day (SF is only 7 x 7 miles!). Here is one
potential route <https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18222421> that hit many
spots that you can do in a morning.
I also highly recommend a few spots in nearby Marin County: hiking/riding
in Mt Tam (biking up old railroad grade
<https://www.instagram.com/p/BfCR2PXnbHe/?taken-by=franklynwu> or hiking up
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/franklyn/albums/72157689192203682>), Pt Reyes
Tennessee Valley (riding/hiking coastal trail to Muir Beach
Headlands. These are a little further, and driving may allow you to see
more of them in 1 day, but definitely bikable if you want to have the
I would say go to Muir Wood on Monday, as traffic on weekends are really
On Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5:14:58 PM UTC-8, REC wrote:
> If this is too off topic, I'm sure the moderator will delete. I know a
> lot of you live in the area and would love your input.
> Since I'll be flying from PA to S. CA at the end of the month for
> business, I decided to stop in San Francisco to visit Rivendell. I'll be
> arriving on a Sunday about noon, and leaving Tuesday, probably on a 5pm
> flight out. I'll be flying into SFO, and I can fly out of either SFO or
> Oakland airport, whichever makes most sense with my schedule. I'll be
> renting a car, because I'll need it for some of the trip, but I have no
> issues using BART when that is more practical. I'll be staying in
> Emeryville and that would be my first stop, so I could drop off my bags.
> I'm planning on visiting Golden Gate Park (conservancy of flowers, Art
> Museum) , take a walk in Muir Woods, perhaps Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf,
> and visit Rivendell. My tastes are more toward nature and museums, but I
> love the get a feel of the area, so I'd probably just want to "walk around"
> but I'm not sure where. I'm open to all suggestions on what to see, when
> to see it, and how to maximize my time.
> So, with two half days and one full day, are there any suggestions on how
> to split my time, especially when it comes to potentially getting caught in
> traffic? Perhaps Muir Woods on Sunday, SF on Monday? What is the traffic
> like--would SF be better on a Sunday (or twice)? I figure 1/2 day at Riv
> for the drive up and back and "visit." or should I see what Walnut Creek
> has to offer? It's probably been 25 years since I've been to SF area.
> And, no, I won't be doing any biking.
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