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Hello west coast pirates!
I've managed to tear myself away from the east coast for a business trip in San Mateo.
I'm here until Wednesday.

Anyone have any suggestions for anything fun to do or anything (within an hour of here) that I simply must visit?

Thanks in advance for any help
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You obviously must visit Disney. :-D

I have no clue where San Mateo is in relation to Disney, just fealt it had to be said.
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You should probably spend a day taking in the sights of San Francisco.
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It's more then an hour away, but Santa Barbara is always nice.
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You should probably spend a day taking in the sights of San Francisco.

I hear some two-bit no-good internet gaming company has an office somewhere round there <.<
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You should probably spend a day taking in the sights of San Francisco.

I hear some two-bit no-good internet gaming company has an office somewhere round there <.<


Does it start with a "T" and end with an "s"? >.<
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You should probably spend a day taking in the sights of San Francisco.

I hear some two-bit no-good internet gaming company has an office somewhere round there <.<

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If you can, make the trek to Muir Woods. Get there early because parking is always a mess. Stinson beach is also right there.

There's a ton of places to go in the City and it's about a half hour drive from where you are. (without traffic. On 101. Good luck with that)
You should go see the Golden Gate. On non foggy days, (good luck this week), the view from Crissy Field is amazing. Alcatraz is a favorite tourist stop and the tour is pretty good. If you love cheesy tourist traps, hit Fisherman's Warf and Pier 39.
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Unfortunately I don't have time for Disney.
I did to Alcatraz a billion and a half years ago, I'm thinking I can forgo that venture.
As for the company? Well, we'll see. I will be in San Francisco on Wed. Besides riding a trolley car and barking at the seals on pier 39 any last suggestions?

Apparently I'm in meetings all day so I won't be able to get out today but tomorrow belongs to me.
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Unfortunately I don't have time for Disney.
I did to Alcatraz a billion and a half years ago, I'm thinking I can forgo that venture.
As for the company? Well, we'll see. I will be in San Francisco on Wed. Besides riding a trolley car and barking at the seals on pier 39 any last suggestions?

Apparently I'm in meetings all day so I won't be able to get out today but tomorrow belongs to me.


Isn't there some big Ghiradelli store there?
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Yes, in Ghirardelli Square. It's over priced, but what isn't? I've never bothered with the ice cream shop there but it always has a line out the door.

Ghirardelli Square is located at 900 North Point Street at the corner of Beach and Larkin Streets. It is on the West side of Fisherman's Wharf, two blocks east of Van Ness Avenue and one block west of the Cable Car turnaround at Beach and Hyde Streets

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Every time I go to San Francisco, I go eat at Koi Palace in Daly City. It's pretty expensive, but totally worth it. Hey, it's internationally famous :D

Alternatively, you can go eat at one of my dad's sushi restaurants ¬¬

I can go an entire day walking around and taking the bus from the business district of San Fran to Chinatown, which is also next to little Italy. Scenic and shady. Lots of places to shop.
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San Francisco has a lot of great restaurants, and it's worth spending some time in the evening there. You'll tour up and down hills, see old and new architecture, and all sorts of other bits of local color. Try to tour around a bit at random, away from the usual tourist spots- it's hard to explain, other than to say that it's unusual in being a city with a strong identity of its own.


In addition to the things listed above... Ghirardelli square is cute to visit (free samples if you flirt with the salesgirl), but small shops a half-block away sell their chocolates for cheaper. Sad but true.

There are a lot of other cool things to see, though- the Exploratorium is cool, as is the park around it. (The Palace of Fine Arts surrounds it, and is also worth seeing- it's a relic of an old exposition, with some really ornate carvings and landscaping)

If you feel like strolling around some more, you might also want to tour the japanese tea gardens in Golden Gate park. (There's a free hour in the evenings, otherwise pretty cheap) Again: gorgeous scenery, and I believe there's an art museum and some concert bandshells in the same area.

Go further south from there and get lost, and you'll end up in one of San Francisco's many interesting ethnic neighborhoods. (I don't read asian scripts well enough to know the specifics, but it's hard NOT to find good eating in that city. So walk into a building with tables and point at random.)

And there is, of course, the Three Rings office. Though if they are able to offer a visit when you're there, I'd suggest googling Hypnos before you go... ;)
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If you feel like strolling around some more, you might also want to tour the japanese tea gardens in Golden Gate park. (There's a free hour in the evenings, otherwise pretty cheap) Again: gorgeous scenery, and I believe there's an art museum and some concert bandshells in the same area.


The De Young is down near the Tea Garden. I highly recommend the Tea Garden. You have to pay for the tea now, but the garden alone is worth it.

The Mission has a ton of great food for good prices if you're willing to wander.

Oh yeah, SFMOMA currently has a Frida Kahlo exhibition up. Run, don't walk, to go see it.
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Pauling wrote: 
Ghirardelli square is cute to visit (free samples if you flirt with the salesgirl)

The visitor center hands out free chocolate or used to. No flirting was required with the attendant unless you want to.

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Pauling wrote: 
Ghirardelli square is cute to visit (free samples if you flirt with the salesgirl)

The visitor center hands out free chocolate or used to. No flirting was required with the attendant unless you want to.

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Bunnywonder will report on what happens when they go up to the attendant and say "Gimme some sugar, baby!".

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All right, Ghirardelli is definitely on my list.
If I get a chance I will definitely flirt with the girl there. As I'm female it may not work quite as well, but we'll see.

I'm also putting q restaurant on my list as I need some lunch.

Thanks for all your help!

Reports and pictures to follow!
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If I get a chance I will definitely flirt with the girl there. As I'm female it may not work quite as well, but we'll see.

Hey, this is San Francisco you're talking about....

 
No flirting was required with the attendant unless you want to.

Pffff. Where's the science in that?
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If I get a chance I will definitely flirt with the girl there. As I'm female it may not work quite as well, but we'll see.

Hey, this is San Francisco you're talking about....


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No flirting was required with the attendant unless you want to.

Pffff. Where's the science in that?

Weird science?

Talking of science, there's a science museum in the San Francisco area if you're interested. Downside is that it might be somewhat out of the way.

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Talking of science, there's a science museum in the San Francisco area if you're interested. Downside is that it might be somewhat out of the way.


It's my understanding that the Exploratorium is one of the happiest places on earth.
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Is San Francisco the place were they are so smug they love the smell of thier own farts? or is that another place.
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If you're absolutely desperate for Ghirardelli chocolates, their factory is across the bay in my hometown of San Leandro, and they have a factory store with lots of cheap chocolate. =D
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