SF/Big Sur Spring Break

It’s finally here! Not just our vacation, but also my handy dandy crib notes for getting around once we get there.

Sure, smart phones are awesome, but if you are anything like me you don’t want to spend precious tourist minutes standing on a street corner googling, yelping, or otherwise searching for something to do.  Don’t get me wrong – I sometimes DO exactly that, but I won’t be the one standing at the map in the transit station trying to figure out which train gets me where I want to go and whether or not there’s anywhere to eat once I get there!  I enjoy spontaneity and the adventure that comes with getting lost in a new place, but I prefer to have some of the basics already worked out.  A few years ago, for our four-week backpack trip through Europe, I started pulling my notes together into one dynamic document that I can email and access through my smart phone or my iPad (neither of which I had at the time!), or even the courtesy PC at the hostel.  It has proven invaluable for remembering that ONE THING that you didn’t want to forget – like that the tour only accepts cash and the only ATM is in the airport. Or that you have to eat BEFORE you get to the museum because all the diners are closed afterwards.  You get the idea – it’s all about self-preservation: not being hungry or too lost and avoiding the little frustrations that come with lack of preparation!

So here’s SF in a nutshell.  I include links to website that provide more detail, full addresses when I think I may need to GPS/Navigate to the location, tel#s to call in case I need to cancel or confirm a reservation, and even specific itinerary ideas in case nothing else has enticed us.  I also try to indicate when cash is necessary to be sure I have enough handy.

Keep in mind, we arrive in San Francisco around midnight – and being military, we have use of the USO courtesy lounge! Otherwise, I would have opted for an earlier arrival and a budget hotel!

USO is 24 hrs with cots and refreshments
Mezzanine Level/Terminal 1 map
Phone: 650-761-4611 ($donation)

7am Showers at Freshen Up! . 650-877-0798
International Terminal next to Airport Travel Agency. $11/$15
NLT 8:00 BART to meet our carpool driver. ($4/pp)
Name email ($gas/lunch)
Call when we get on BART tel#
Buy Donna’s MUNI 3-day Passport at SFO airport
Jordan pays cash on MUNI (show ID)$.75 and Cable Car $6
Friday April 6, 2012 – San Francisco
Carpool back to SF – head to Hostel to unload
BART ($4.24) from the Millibrae to the Montgomery station. (Cash or CC at station)
Walk up to street level and take MUNIbus #30 ($2) from Kearny/Market to Van Ness/North Point.
Walk one block west on Bay Street to Franklin Street. Turn right into Fort Mason and follow the HOSTEL signs to the left of the chapel and towards the water to the hostel.
Hostel International Fisherman’s Wharf
Fort Mason Building 240, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: +1 (415) 771-7277 Booking # confirmation #
1 Bed(s) in Female Dorm (8 beds per room) USD 29.99 per pers./night, 06-Apr-12 Fr – 07-Apr-12 Sa = 29.99
1 Bed(s) in Male Dorm (8 beds per room)USD 29.99 per pers./night, 06-Apr-12 Fr – 07-Apr-12 Sa = 29.99
Total USD 59.98 (card used)
Walk Golden Gate Bridge
(get directions/info from Hostel)
5PM-10PM FOOD Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center $$
8:00pm BATS: Theatresports Madness!
Ticket Prices:$17 online; $20 door
(415) 474-6776

(extra stuff near hostel)

SEAT exhibit on Ft. Mason
Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason Center, Building C
Tuesdays thru Sundays 12 – 4pm
Free Admission


7:30 Breakfast (Free at Hostel) Check out/Baggage storage
8:30 Depart for Alcatraz Tourtransit apx 30 mins walk or F line
Tour departs Pier 33 9:30am
Pre-purchased tix (hard copy) (Confirmation #Bring ID and MC used to purchase
Map of Points of interest
Download the 511 Transit App from the Android
311 Customer Service Center
Option A:
Farmer’s Market for lunch (F Streetcar)
12:00 Ferry Building Tour Enjoy an hour-long walk on the rise, tragic fall, and modern rebirth of one of San Francisco’s most renowned historic landmarks. Visit a contemporary swirl of shops and learn the history of ferries, freeways and quakes. Meet at the foot of the stairs at the front entrance, Market and Embarcadero. Meet at the main entrance, near the stairs to the 2nd Floor.
Option B: Walk to Fisherman’s Wharf
Then take Bus 39, Get off at Francisco St, walk one block East
Lunch at Freddie’s (popular sandwich shop)
12:50 bus to continue to Telegraph Hill (7 minutes) for the:
1:00 pm Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike Meet at Marconi Monument,Lombard & Kearny Sts
Other options:
1:00 North Beach walking tour
2:00 Japantown Tour
3:30 Fisherman’s Wharf walking tour
Ride the cable cars!
Lombard StPowell-Mason cable car line stops at bottom and Hyde Street cable car will drop you off at the top of the curvy street.
Sea Chanty singalong
San Francisco Maritime National Park
(corner of Jefferson and Hyde Streets/499 Jefferson)
Back to airport for USO and 6am flight!
Ask at Hostel – Public transport if we’re broke ($6/pp), shuttle ($14/pp)if we gots $$ left!
And there ya have it,  
Follow along to see how it works out!

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