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Welcome to San Francisco Bay Area, the most
beautiful, romantic and cultural, geographic
diverse area in North America, one of 50 sites
in the world you don't want to miss out in your
No matter you are first time visitor, or frequent
guest or bay area resident, you will find useful
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Personalize your bay area visiting .
Last updated 06-06-2012
Bay Area Airfare Watch( To and From SFO, OAK, SJC) :
21 days in advance, non-stop or one stop only, including all fees and taxes.
1. Los Angeles: $168 London Heathrow $764
2. Las Vegas: $188 Shannon $685
3: Seattle: $188 Munich $738
4: Denver: $258 Rome $964
5: Chicago: $308 Shanghai $985
6: New York: $308 Hong Kong $785
7: Washington DC: $292 Bangkok $975
8. Atlanta $378 Puerto Vallarta $318
9: Boston: $308 Bahamas $493
10: Miami: $298 Mexico City $380
San Francisco: $59 ( Budget hotel in Lombard Street area) $99 (4 star in Union Sq area)
Peninsular , East bay: $69 ( 3 star)
Rental Car Deal from airports:
Weekend: $20 per day
Week day:$40 per day
*** Consider travel expense, bay area is much to see, and less to spend. Air fare is much less than to Hawaii and Alaska. If you
choose low cost airlines such as Southwest and consider alternative airport Oakland and San Jose( other airlines usually
match the fare) it is very cheap. Stay in San Francisco is much cheaper than New York , Boston, Chicago, DC. If you choose to
stay budget motel like, and convenient locations, it is about $59 per room. If you are a student like, you can choose dormitory,
shared bathroom style hostels( there are lots in downtown area), about $20 per night include tax. If you only visit San Francisco
city, you needn't a car, just purchase 1 day, 3 days to 7 days pass($11 $18 to $24), public transit is fairly developed( runs every 10
min to everywhere) and you needn't worry about parking.
Mileage from SFO
LAX 338 LAS 413 SAN 446 SLC 598 PHX 650 SEA 678 DEN 965
DFW 1460 MSP 1590 ORD 1840
DTW 2070 ATL 2130 HNL 2390 IAD 2410 JFK 2580 MIA 2580 BOS 2700
COMPLETE SCENE SPOTS IN BAY AREA
If you are not first time visitor, don't stick to Fishman's wharf, Golden gate bridge and Union square, there are a lot more to see and
less to pay around the beautiful bay area, highlighted are recommended scenic sites.
SAN FRANCISCO 49miles scenic drive, Alamo square, Alcatraz island, Alta plaza park, Ansel adams center for photography, Baker
beach, Bank of canton, Basic brown bear factory, Bernal heights park, Blue gold fleet, Buena vista, Cable car museum, California
academy of sciences, Candelestick point states area, Cartoon art museum, Castro street fair, China beach, Cliff house, Coit tower,
Corona height, Crissy field, Embarcadero skydeck, Exploratorium, Fallon islands, Fishmen’s wharf, Fort point site, Ghirardeli square,
Golden gate bridge, Fortune cookie factory,Glen canyon, Golden gate park, Grace cathedral, Hellow gorgeous museum, Japanese tea
garden,John mclarlen park, Lafayette park, Levi strauss factory, Lombard street, De young museum, Maritime national museum,
Mountain davidson park, Mission street mural, Mission Dolores,Museum of craft and folk art, Nob hill, North beach, Ocean beach,
Octagon house, Palace of fine arts, Presidio army museum, Believe it or not, Russian hill, City hall, Museum of modern art, SFSU
observatory ,Zoo, Jeremy O’brien ship, Old st. mary church, Stern grove,Conservatory of Flowers, Stybling arboretum, Sutro bath, Sutro
height park, Stow lake, Sunset height park,Old US mint, Top of the Mark, Transamerica pyramid,Twin peak, Union square, United
nations plaza, Wave organ.
EAST BAY Alameda crown beach,Ardenwood historic farm, Bay bridge, Berkeley marina, Black diamond mines reserve, Carnegie
motorcycle recreation park, Chabot Space museum,Clarmont resort, Coyote hills park, Cull canyon area, Eugene o'neill house,
Dunsmuir house and garden, John Muir national historic site,Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail,Lake Chabot, Lake merritt,
Mission San Jose, Mt. Diablo state park, Laurence Hall of Science,Niles Canyon Railway, Oakland museum of california, Oakland zoo,
Port Costa, Port chicago naval magazine, Wildlife refuge, Redwood park, Rose the riveter site, San pablo reservoir, Telegraph ave,
Tilden park, UC Berkeley, USS hornt, wineries in livermore and dublin.
NORTH BAY marin Angel island, Audubon Canyon Ranch, China camp, Discover museum, French Cheese Factory, Inverness,
Marin Headland, Marin mammal center,Marconi State Historical Park, McClure’s beach, Mission San Rafael, Mount Tamalpais state
park, Muir wood, Nick's Cove, Organic Agriculture, Renaissance pleasure faire, Samuel Taylor Park, Stinson beach, Tomales oyster
farm, Point Reyes national seashore, Walker Creek Ranch, Sausalito, Tiburon, Ross.
sonoma Armstrong redwood reserve,Bodega Bay, Healdsburg, Guernville, Sebastopol, Jenner,Home of General Vellejo, Infineon
Raceway, Jack London state park, Luther burbank home garden,Pacific Coast Air Museum, Safari west wildlife preserve, Santa Rosa
historic railroad square, Sonoma city center, Sonoma coast beach, Petaluma city, Petaluma adobe, Winery( Charteau St Jean,St
Francis, Kendall-Jackson, Cline) Ft. Ross state park, Annadel State Park, Sugarloaf ridge state park
napa Culinary Insititute , Napa valley wine train, Old faithful geyser,Petrified Forest, St Helena,Napa, Yountville, Winery( Copia,
Domaine Chandon, Franciscan, Beringer, Peju, V. Sattui), Calistoga Spa, Robert Stevenson State Park, Bail Grist Mill, Bothe-Napa
Valley State Park.
solano Benicia state capital site, Buck Mansion, Six flag marine world, Marine island, Anheuser-Busch, Jelly bean factory, California
delta waterways, Vacaville Lagoon Valley Park.
SILICON VALLEY peninsula Acres of orchids, Allied Art Guild, Ano nuevo state reserve, Butano states park, Coyote Point Museum,
Half Moon Bay, Pulgas Water Temple,Pescadero Marsh National Reserve,San Gregorio private beach,Filoni mansion and garden,
Malibu Grand Prix Castle, Thomas Fogarty Winery.
south bay Alum rock park, Bamboola paly center, Billy jones wildcat railroad, Byington winery vineyard, Campbell historic museum,
Castle rock state park, Center for Beethoven study museum, Children’s discover museum, Chrismas in the park, Downtown ice,
Emma prusch farm park, Fallon house, Farmer market, Hakone gardens, Happy hollow park zoo,Intel museum,Computer History
Museum, NASA Ames Visitor Center, Overfelt Chinese Park, Japan town,Lick Observatory, Mission santa clara, Rose garden, Pacific
grove museum, Paramont great america, Raging water, Rosicrucian Egyptian museum, Flee market, Heritage rose garden, Mexican
Heritage Plaza,Trolley, Historic museum, Stanford University, Museum of innovation,The Tech, Mystery house.
SOUTH COAST santa cruz Asilomar state beach, Boardwalk, Big basin redwoods states park, Capitala begonia festival, Henry
cowell redwood state park,Mystery spot, New brighton park, Roaring camp big tree railroad,Sea cliff state beach.
monterey 17miles drive, Big sur, Carmel, Gilory garlic festival, Holister Glide Rides, Casa De Fruta, Monterey aquarium, Monterey old
town, Steinbeck center museum, Point Lobos reserve, Pinnacles national monument.
OUTSIDE one day trip Bidwell mansion, Bodie ghost town, Calaveras big tree state park,Columbia, Empire mine historic park,
Hearst castle, Hershey factory, Lassen volcanic park, Lockie, Mono lake, Motana de oro, Morro bay, Sequoia King canon national park,
Yosemite national park, Indian griding rock,Marshall gold discovery hostoric park, Jamestown railtown 1897, Lake tahoe ( Donner,
Sugar pine, DLBliss, Emerald bay) Mendocino county and Fort Bragg, Sacramento State capital, Old town, Governor mansion, Railway
museum,Weaverville joss house.
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Why visit bay area?
1. The most beautiful area and most comfortable weather in North
America,very diverse area, you can find everything you want
ocean,redwood forest, beach, lake, desert, mountain,canyon,
creek,river delta, wildlife,hot spring...
2. Very vibrant Metropolitan area with country side charming,world
class museums, music, events...many ranches, natural reserves...
3. The High technology center in the world,hometown of Intel, AMD,
Apple, Google, Yahoo, HP, eBay, facebook, Twitter, craigslist... world
class university Stanford, Berkeley...
4. Affordable to visit, cheap airfare, low cost of hotel, rental car....
Just Like Heaven, Bay Area View from East Bay Hill
Top 10 attractions in bay area( San Francisco and outer):
1. Fishman's wharf 1. Yosemite national park
2. Golden gate bridge 2. Muir wood national monument
3. Alcatraz 3. Napa and sonoma valley
4. Cable car 4. Bay Cruise
5. Lombard street 5. Big Sur or Sonoma coast
6. Golden gate park 6. Monterey and Santa Cruz
7. China Town 7. Winchester mystery house and Rosicrucian Museum
8. Union square 8. Stanford University and UC berkeley
9. Coit tower 9. Pinnacles national monument
10.Alamo square 10. High tech company museum( The tech, intel, computer history...)
Hostels in San Francisco( around $30 per night)
City Center 685 Ellis St 415-474-5721
Downtown 312 Mason St 415-788-5604
Fisherman's wharf Ft Mason Building 240 415-771-7277
Sausalito Headland Fort Barry, building 941 415-331-2777
Point Reyes National park Off limantour Rd 415-663-8811
Saratoga 15808 Sanborn Rd 408-741-0166
Los Altos Hills 26870 Moody Rd 650-949-8648
Montara Lighthouse Hostel 650-728-7177
Pigenon Point Lighthouse 650-879-0633
Santa Cruz 321 Main St 805-423-8304
All other Hostels:
10 Hallam St ( Folsom/ 7-8th st)
Adelaide 717 Sutter St ( Geary/ Taylor)
5 Isadora Duncan lane 415-359-1915
Green Tortoise 494 Board way kearny/ broadway 415-834-1000
Amsterdam 749 Taylor Street 415-673-3277
European Guest House 761 Minna St 415-861-6634
875 Post St 415-775-3344
USA hostel 711 Post Street 1-877-483-2950
Unon Square Hostel 70 Derby Lane( Geary/ Taylor) 415-775-7506
2976 23rd St
855 Sacramento St
374 5th St
509 Minnesota St
Backpacker Hostel 680 Sacramento St 415-433-7970
1188 Folsom St
220 Golden Gate Ave
555 Haight St
225 Ellis St (Mason)
2524 Mission St
205 9th St
Hotels in San Francisco
$59 or less $99 or less $199 or less $399 or less Top hotels in bay area
Sea Captains Motel
Country Heath Inn
The Surf Motel
Buena Vista Inn
Nob Hill Motor Inn
Broadway Manor Inn
Bay Bridge Inn
Americas Best Value Inn
Inn on Broadway
Civic Center Inn
City Pass $49 ( Including 7 days unlimited ride of Cable car and Muni, Blue&
Gold Bay Cruise, Aquarium of the bay, Exploratorium, de Young Museum, San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Asian Museum or California Academy of Sciences )
Alcaltraz $Fisherman's Wharf Pass combo $74.25( including City
Sightseeing, Bay Cruise, Cable Car Ride, Liberty Ship, Aquarium and Arcade Tokens)
Bay Cruise $24
San Francisco City Bus Tour $39
Open Top Sightseeing (48 hr Hop on,Hop off) $35
Alcatraz Tour $18
Bay Sail: $30
San Francisco Helicopter Tour $120 to $160
Seaplane day flight $119 Champagne $159
Hot Air Ballon Ride in Napa Valley $215
Muir Wood $55
Sonoma Napa Wine Country $70
Napa Valley Wine Train $133
Monterey and Carmel Tour $70
Yosemite National Park $115
Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
Casa Palmero, Pebble Beach
Four Seasons, San Francisco
Ventana Inn, Big Sur
Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
Hotel Monaco, San Francisco
St. Regis, San Francisco
San Francisco at night
Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headland
Just like Heaven
Bird View of San Jose:
Downtown San Jose, 280 and 87
San Francisco skyline from Ferry across the bay