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    Heyo.

    I've lived in Los Angeles all my life and now the family and I are venturing out to visit San Francisco for a few days in early August.

    I do not know what to do there or what to see that is outside of the touristy attractions while staying within budget.

    Any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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    Originally posted by warri0r_of_light11 View Post
    Heyo.

    I've lived in Los Angeles all my life and now the family and I are venturing out to visit San Francisco for a few days in early August.

    I do not know what to do there or what to see that is outside of the touristy attractions while staying within budget.

    Any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
    It really all depends on what your budget is. Unless you are staying at a 5 star hotel, just about anything less than that means you will subjected to some pretty appalling conditions and situations in that city right now. Streets are filled with homeless people, many of them aggressive, and the place smells of urine and feces. I don't think the area is very safe if you ask me.

    Are you sure you wouldn't rather consider many other places along the coast below San Francisco? Carmel is nice.

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      I'm not sure if you are into hiking or if it is already part of your plan, but Muir Woods National Monument, on the outskirts of the city, is one of the best places in the Bay Area in my opinion.
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      ― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

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        Yes to Muir Woods.

        Your kids might love the Exploratorium. My daughter got to dissect a cow's eyeball there. Take that, Small World.

        College tours of U.C. Berkeley & Stanford University are interesting & are worth touring even if your kids won't go there.

        I suggest taking scenic, coastal Highway 1 up or down the coast, and taking the fast 5 freeway the other way to or from SF.
        Or maybe rake the scenic coastal train to & from SF.

        I'm the only person I know who didn't enjoy the Disney family museum, so if you might want to check that out.
        One reason I didn't love it is because I think I knew almost everything in it already -- maybe I was a bit like Parks & Recreation's
        Ron Swanson at Home Depot:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEhHEOIYgMY

        Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

        I'll be in the minority here, but I recommend the super-touristy San Francisco Dungeon. The company has similar attractions in other cities, and they do try to present historical events of their cities dramatically. The reason my daughter & I loved this was because when went, the diverse cast (even diverse with the ages of the actors--that's often ignored) were surprisingly excellent! Look at recent Trip Advisor reviews -- we're not alone in being impressed.
        Last edited by jcruise86; 06-06-2022, 02:30 PM.

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