Hi, Roberta,

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 
"local's experience". 

I would say go to Muir Wood on Monday, as traffic on weekends are really 

Have fun!


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.
> Thanks,
> Roberta

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