Other than RBW, Walnut Creek doesn’t offer much other than a small downtown
filled with expensive shops. I suggest getting thee to San Francisco* as
quickly as possible and starting there.
If you get to SF around lunch, check out the Ferry Terminal’s great selection
of gourmet offerings. They have everything from burgers to truffles to ice
cream. You can gain a few pounds there.
Fisherman’s Wharf is very touristy, but a walk along the Embarcadero is still
Walk to Coit Tower and take in the views from way up there.
Go to the Mission District and check out the art, shops, and the great local
thrift and antique stores.
Rent a bike and join the army of tourists riding over the Golden Gate Bridge to
Go to the Napa Valley, which is about 45 minutes away by car. If you go there,
pass through Napa and head straight for St Helena (nice, but pricey) or
Calistoga (easier to have a great time on a budget).
* Note: the locals call SF “The City,” as in, “Let’s go to The City today!” No
need to say *which* city—they’ll know.
> On Feb 12, 2018, at 5:14 PM, REC <rchas...@gmail.com> 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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