To paraphrase: Walnut Creek is a nice place to live, but I wouldn't want to 
visit there (other than Riv, and there are a lot of nice hikes on and 
around Diablo if you want to see Riv's roots). If you want to visit Muir 
Woods, you now need to make parking reservations or a shuttle reservation. 
See the Muir Woods website for instructions.

One outing that I highly recommend is walking around the Presidio to see 
their Andy Goldsworthy collection. They give guided hikes on Saturdays, for 
which you need reservations, but there is a map here to guide your own walk:

jim m
walnut creek, ca

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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