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Anybody from San Francisco?
#1
Hi guys,
As I will be traveling to California later this year, I have a question to ask:
I´ve read somewhere that it is no use having a rental car while being in San Francisco because of parking issues.
The post suggested that you turn your rental in sooner (if SF is your last stop and you leave from there) or pick it up after your visit in SF (if your plane arrives to SF and you spend a few days there before traveling the rest of the country).
Can anybody help me out with some first hand information on this?
Thanx

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My wife and I visited SF a few years ago and did not need a rental car. Just took a shuttle van from the airport to the hotel downtown. Plenty of transportation with the cable cars, vintage buses, taxi's etc. Probably best to buy an all day pass. Actually a lot to do withing walking distance. Make sure you visit the Wharf area. You may want to rent a car for a day if you want to sightsee outside the city or drive across the Golden Gate Bridge.



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OLE PONY;24871 Wrote:My wife and I visited SF a few years ago and did not need a rental car. Just took a shuttle van from the airport to the hotel downtown. Plenty of transportation with the cable cars, vintage buses, taxi's etc. Probably best to buy an all day pass. Actually a lot to do withing walking distance. Make sure you visit the Wharf area. You may want to rent a car for a day if you want to sightsee outside the city or drive across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Same thing for my wife and I when we visited SF a few years ago.....took airport/hotel shuttle...walked around SF and then we rented a car to drive around outside the city ....and cross the Golden Gate.

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#4
There was acutally an indoor car show going on when we were there down in the Wharf area. I remember seeing a yellow Mach 1 in the show. I need to fnd the picture and see if it belongs to anyone here!



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#5
If you are staying IN the city, yes you don't need a rental. There is lots of good public transportation in the Bay Area. If you want to sight-see North or East of the city though you will need a rental.

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I lived just south of San Francisco for 31 years. You don't need a rental car if you are staying inside the city. My friends and I use to take BART into the city and we just walked every where. It is probably the most beautiful city I have ever been in (depending on the weather).

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#7
It may sound hokey but my wife and I took one of the many guided bus tours available (Grey Line I think). They hit the highlights, GG Bridge, Architecture and other points of interest. We were only there a few hours as it was part of a trip I made for work. A tour like this may give you give you an idea of things you want to explore further.

As for parking there are some options near the Wharf. I parked our truck and trailer in a lot there.

Another cool California place is Hearst Castle @ San Simeon. There is some amazing Architecture and Antiquities from all over the world.

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Don't forget about about Alcatraz.....just make sure you take a jacket with ya there's a reason why every movie about the rock shows them wearing pea jackets!

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#9
Thank you for the info.
We´ll fly from Europe into LA, take a rental and explore California. Then we´ll take Highway 1 to SF.
The return flight will be from SF to Europe, so I guess I´ll leave SF for the last days of our stay and turn the car in e few days earlier. No use paying for a rental if you don´t need it.
Of course I will need it to visit the filming locations of "Bullit". :-)

"Guided bus tours" sounds cheesy but sometimes it really is a good way to get an overview of a city, especially if you don´t know your way around.
It makes you feel like a tourist, but.... what the heck!


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Make sure to tour Alcatraz! My wife has family in SF, and we usually go there once or twice a year, but I have yet to visit the prison Sad.

ETA: Oh, and some other really good places are Napa Valley (if you like wine), the Presidio and the civil war fort at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge...and the fort on the north end of the GG Bridge...and the Cabrillo Hwy stretch of Hwy 1...and Half Moon Bay...just a few ideas...

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