A vibrant city in central/northern California USA famous for its hilly streets and Chinatown.

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Is it possible to view the ships buried under the Financial District in San Francisco?

According to FoundSF, there are many ships buried under San Francisco: During the height of the gold excitement, there were at least five hundred ships stranded in the harbor, some without even a ...
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Can I expedite Schengen visa at Italian consulate in San Francisco

I made the mistake of booking the tickets and accommodation without checking the consulate's appointment availability. Now I realize there is no slot available at Italian Consulate in SFO before my ...
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San Francisco cable car schedule

I am looking for scheduled start and stop times for the running of the historic cable cars and street cars in San Francisco. If I go to www.sfmta.com, I can not find anything useful. It usually links ...
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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from San Francisco to Canada in 3 months?

I am considering flying to San Francisco next summer to hike the Pacific Crest Trail to Canada. Is 3 months likely to be enough for this route? I am only visa-exempt for 3 months and I really do not ...
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Is there parking near Kirby Cove San Francisco

I would like to get a nice view of the Golden Gate bridge from Kirby Cove. I am wondering though if there is any sort of parking areas near Kirby cove. I am also wondering if it is jam packed for ...
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Watching container ships in SF bay area?

I will be in San Francisco this summer. I would love to sit by the sea and watch some big container ships passing by. Is there some nice place where you can do that? It wouldn't hurt if there is a ...
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Best place to convert Euros to US dollars in San Francisco [closed]

Is there any place (easily accessible by someone without a car) to exchange Euros to US dollars in San Francisco other than in the airport? For example, when I was in Lugano, Switzerland, it was far ...
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Are there any large ship tours around SF bay area?

I will be in the bay area for July 22, 23, 24. I have a really big interest in large container ships and tanker ships. I learned that there is a tour of the Port of Oakland, but to my dismay, there ...
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Is it possible to get a South African visa in the US without visiting the consulate?

We want to visit SA together after getting married. From what I've heard, Chinese (PRC) citizens need to get a visa in person at the SA consulate. Unfortunately we live in San Francisco and the ...
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Baggage locker in downtown San Francisco

I'm staying at a hotel very close to the San Francisco International Airport on S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco. I need to check out from the hotel Saturday morning and I have a flight back to ...
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Trying to get Schengen Visa for France - is Consulate Appointment Broken?

I'm trying to get a Schengen Visa from my first port of entry, France. I am trying to book an appointment with the French Consulate in SF, and the URL I am using is the following: https://pastel....
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Is there somewhere I can store luggage (one or two normal suitcases) in San Francisco for a few days?

My girlfriend and I are taking a trip to California in a few weeks, and will spend a few days in San Francisco. My next plan is then to rent a motorcycle and spend several days riding down the ...
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3 blocks away from a fraud? [closed]

I am going for an Internship in San Francisco this Summer and I am seeking a place to live. I was told by a local university there to contact Paramount Student Housing, which offers a place (herbert ...
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Going from SFO Airport to San Francisco downtown

We will go on vacation this summer to California. What is the best/designated solution to go from SFO Airport to San Francisco downtown? Update: What does best means? On vacation, you would like a ...
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Arriving at a different port of entry in the same state in USA?

I am a girl in my early twenties traveling to USA from India and in my visa application I have provided the contact address for a relative in San Francisco, and their invitation letter. I would like ...
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What do locals call San Francisco?

I heard that San Franciscans hate nicknames like "San Fran" or "Frisco". If I want to travel around San Francisco without sounding like a rube, what should I call it?
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Checking in baggage early with United Airlines at San Francisco

I've got like a 10 hour stopover in San Francisco (SFO) and I want to check out the city quickly. How early can I check in my luggage or are there any other solutions for the baggage problem?
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Any tips for street parking in San Francisco?

I'm going to SF for a couple of days as a part of a road trip and would like to only street park. There's a map of permit parking zones and I assume that everything that is not colored on the map is ...
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Computer geek tourist attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area & Silicon Valley?

We're planning a family vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area & Silicon Valley, and one of the highlights I don't want to miss is the Computer History Museum. However, I didn't find that listed ...
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Tourist visa processing times at the Italian consulate in San Francisco

I will be travelling to Italy on Nov 30th and the earliest appointment I can get at the Italian consulate for a tourist visa is Nov 4th. The consulate website says it takes 7-15 days to issue visas. ...
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Affordable stay options in / near SF in September 2015 [closed]

I was looking for hotels to stay in (just me) in SF between the 11th and 20th of September and the prices are HIGH! The lowest decent hotel's for $200 a night. Most of my meetings are in Santa Clara / ...
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Unable to get an appointment at San Francisco Italy Consulate

I am only a permanent resident of the United states so I need to apply for a Schengen visa. I'm going on a guided tour of several countries in Europe with a large group and we are staying the most ...
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Getting from San Francisco (Union Square) to Oakland Airport by public transport

How do I get from San Francisco (Union Square area) to Oakland Airport? Can I take BART the entire way?
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Long-terrm parking which is possible to prolongate in Bay Area

I own a car but but have to leave San Francisco Bay Area for a couple of months or so. The thing is I haven't rented anything so far, so just looking for a long term-parking with a possibility of ...
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Where is the Capitol Corridor bus stop for the Moscone Center located?

The Amtrak map online says it is at 747 Howard St in San Francisco, but I am looking around and I don't see any bus stop indicators.
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How can I get from Sausalito to Muir Woods on Friday?

I mean really, it's only eight miles. Here's our plan: Take a ferry from our hotel in SF to Sausalito on Friday, June 12. It can be any time on Friday, I don't really care. Get from Sausalito to ...
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Hitchhike from Montreal to San Francisco

I'm planning on hitchhiking from Montreal to San Francisco in a week or so. I want to get to SF as fast as possible. Do you think it's feasible in +/- 10 days, maximum two weeks? Does anyone have ...
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Getting a BART clipper card

I'll be visiting San Francisco for a week and want a Clipper card as a souvenir. It looks like I can order one online and have it shipped to me: https://www.clippercard.com/ClipperWeb/...
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Pass for public transport in San Francisco

Is there a full day pass available for buses in San Francisco? I know about MUNI passes but do they include just cable cars or buses also?
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Travelling to San Francisco from Dublin to save money on tax- allowed?

I am planning to visit San Francisco in April with a group of students. I am currently in England. If I take a separate flight to Dublin (on a different ticket), and then take a flight from Dublin to ...
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San Francisco to Los Angeles: bus or plane?

Coming from Europe, I have been living in San Francisco for a month, and this is my first visit to America. In two months, I will have to go to Los Angeles for a meeting. Obviously, taking the plane ...
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How safe is public transport in San Francisco for a female travelling alone?

I am planning to visit San Francisco but I am unsure about public transport reliability and safety, being a lone female traveller. How good and safe is public transport in San Francisco?
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How useful is a car to visit San Francisco?

I'm travelling to SF in February and would like to hire a car at some point to drive out-with the city, however I'll be staying in a hotel in the middle of the city and the hotel change $30 a night to ...
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What my options on getting between San Francisco and San Jose?

I am soon going to visit an event in San Jose, but due to too few connections to SJC, I decided to arrive at San Francisco. What are my options in getting to San Jose, most preferably the cheap ones?
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driving from LA to San Francisco

I will be travelling from L.A. to San Francisco in later February 2015. I will have my little boy 10 months old and my mother in law (65) with me. I was wondering, if someone can suggest some routes, ...
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Costume photo booth in San Francisco

I don't even know what these exhibits are called, but generally, it's a shop in a touristy area where you can try on all kinds of different costumes, and then have your photo taken with a kitschy ...
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5.5 hr layover in San Francisco International Airport enough time to visit city?

I'm flying Seattle, USA (SEA) -> San Francisco, USA (SFO) -> Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) -> Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI). In San Francisco Airport I have a 5.5 layover. Is it advisable to leave the ...
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A day visit to San Francisco possible with a 11 hour stopover?

I'm reaching San Francisco (SFO) international terminal at 11:45am and have a connecting domestic flight at 10:45pm. There is no luggage transfer available and I will have to clear immigration and ...
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Day trip to San Francisco from South Bay - what is the most efficient transport option?

The two of us are thinking of making a day trip to SF (in a weekend), visiting touristy places such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, etc. we live in South Bay, and I have a car. The ...
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Public transport connections to San Francisco after Caltrain stops running

Let's say I'm in Mountain View (next to the Caltrain station) and it's 11:00 pm. Or, equivalently, in Palo Alto or Menlo Park, and it's a little past 11. Is there any way to get to central San ...
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Arriving in SFO with 6 24" (61 cm) luggage pieces - will these fit in a cab to South Bay?

I, my wife and our baby will arrive in SFO airport, and will stay in the South Bay. We will have 6 pieces of approximately 24" (61 cm) luggage, and allowance for only one taxi. Will we be able to ...
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San Francisco: Getting from Union Square to Hawk hill

What are the possibilities to go from Union Square to Hawk Hill (the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge) excluding by foot/bicycle? Factors I am interested in are the time it takes to get there, a ...
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Is it possible to manage without cash, but with credit cards only when visiting San Francisco?

I have managed in the UK to go around without Pounds. You can easily go around the UK with credit cards only. Even paying for a beer in the pub, a bus ticket, or a train ticket is just a question of ...
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What is the alternative to BART to travel between San Francisco and Oakland?

It sounds that BART goes on strike on a regular basis and might be just on the week I will be in SF. What other alternatives do I have to travel between the SFO airport, San Francisco and Oakland. I ...
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Can Alcatraz tours only be booked from their website?

I'm currently checking the web site www.alcatrazcruises.com to book an Alcatraz tour 2 weeks from now but they are fully booked. Is that web site the only way to book a tour of the island? Will it ...
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Are San Francisco Muni tokens still valid?

I have some old San Francisco Municipal Railway tokens. Are they still accepted as fares?
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Finding a quiet place to meet in San Francisco (or any city)?

I am going to a conference in San Francisco, and would like to schedule a one hour meeting with two people in person and one on Skype, somewhere near the Moscone center. What are my options for ...
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Unlimited-ride pass on San Francisco BART

Most public transit networks I have used offer a so-called day pass, weekly pass or similar ticket that allow unlimited rides during a limited time, on the whole system or on certain zones in case of ...
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Cheapest way to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

I will visit San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas next winter and I will have 15 days to visit the 3 cities, which one is the best option to visit and connect the cities: Rent a Motorhome Rent a ...
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What recommended festivals are there in San Francisco during Aug- Sep?

I would like to go to some cool festivals in SF in AUG or SEP, something like this, are there any stuff like this?