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Old 02-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #31
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Great info everyone - sorry for dropping in on the topic OP but I was wondering why people are saying to fly to LA from SF?

We are planning to drive from SF to LA in October and thought maybe the drive would be nice? Is there nothing to see - we have 2 girls 5 & 7? Is the Jelly Belly Factory somewhere nearby?
If it is a nice day and you don't mind taking some extra time the drive up highway 1 beside the beach until you get into the LA area. But it is a curvey back and fourth drive but the ocean is right there on your right almost the whole way. If your in a hurry or its a bad weather day then stick to the interstates.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #32
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Hilton at Union Square is really nice. If money isn't a big issue, then I would go with the Four Seasons in SF. Beautiful. I've stayed at both, and you can' go wrong with either of these hotels. I live only an hour from SF. I would definitely fly to SF from Lax. The drive feels long and is very boring.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:06 PM   #33
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And I love the drive but then I'd usually rather drive than fly.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:12 PM   #34
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Great info everyone - sorry for dropping in on the topic OP but I was wondering why people are saying to fly to LA from SF?

We are planning to drive from SF to LA in October and thought maybe the drive would be nice? Is there nothing to see - we have 2 girls 5 & 7? Is the Jelly Belly Factory somewhere nearby?

I always drove when we lived in northern California (Redding), it was a long drive, but not horrible and there are some cool landmarks and stuff along the way.


To the OP: please do not refer to San Francisco as "San Fran" or "Frisco". It is either San Francisco or SF. The other two tend to grate on the nerves of native NorCal folks.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:47 AM   #35
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If you have lots of time and are planning to drive down the coast and see the beautiful cities of Monterey, Santa Barbara etc then yes drive. If you are making a straight shot down Hwy 5 it is a long drive with nothing to see.
Exactly. There are a lot of amazing restaurants in San Francisco depending on what kind of food you like (there is something for everyone). Just ate in a new one last week that was delicious called Chow. Yum! I would try checking out Yelp and searching by the type of food you like. Have great time!
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:08 PM   #36
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I prefer just "the City"- like there is only one....
I'm in Sac too and also call SF "the City". lol
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I'm in Sac now, but grew up in The City and I call it that or SF.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:42 AM   #38
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To the OP: please do not refer to San Francisco as "San Fran" or "Frisco". It is either San Francisco or SF. The other two tend to grate on the nerves of native NorCal folks.
I don't say it when I'm talking, but I can be a lazy typist :rotfl Also, my mom is from the area and doesn't mind, so maybe it's more on a person-to-person basis?
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I don't say it when I'm talking, but I can be a lazy typist :rotfl Also, my mom is from the area and doesn't mind, so maybe it's more on a person-to-person basis?
Yes, it is. Funny, the PP said don't call it Frisco, but a lot of my friends growing up call it just that, and they are born and raised there, some for generations. Truth is, if you live/d there, you can call it anything you want, lol. Oh, and San Fran is WAY more unacceptable than Frisco.
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We are doing a similar trip and flying is the way for us. We are flying into SF then SF to LAX then flying out of LAX. For the cost on SW I couldn't possible rented and drove from SF. Total for 4 was $225(from SF to LAX). That was less then the one way car rental. Plus 6 hours in a car is more then I want to do. Not a distance car driver.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:33 PM   #41
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For dining in SF:

Try a Mission Style Burrito (found in the Mission district)
Tartine Bakery
Bi-Rite Creamery (there's a great park with an awesome playground on the corner - Dolores Park).
Might want to try Burmese food - a combination of Chinese, Indian and Thai. Burmasuperstar is the most popular.
Dim Sum in Chinatown
Eat your way through the Ferry Market building
For a fancy dinner A.Q. is amazing
Sate Bird Provisions is probably one of my favorites right now.

Also visit the CA Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. It's wonderful!
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I would recommend Dylan's tour of San Francisco, as well as the sites of the city it took you to Muir woods too. We thought it was a great day all round
I totally agree! We did this tour, and it was great! We only had 2 full days in SF and would never have seen that much on our own.
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Whatever the reviews say, we like Slanted Door and it was one of the less expensive meals we have eaten in the city. I forgot to say, we've also stayed at the Mandarin Oriental and if you can get a room high up, the views are awesome! They sometimes run specials to make it affordable.
My husband (back then-boyfriend) introduced me to slanted door in 1995 in the Mission Area. Wow! I always remember and always order the Shaking Beef. It's the most delicious dish that I have tasted. Since it has moved towards the water, I have only been there 6 times.

There's a lot of good places... just check Yelp.com.
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