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In fact, your potential for scenic views will be higher on virtually any mode of transportation other than the bus (plane, train, private car, boat). There is quite stunning scenery along the coast. Amtrak's Coast Starlight follows some of it, between San Luis Obispo and Oxnard, and a seat can be had for as little as $60 coach. But keep in mind that this ...


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TL;DR: Hire only on the days you're likely to need it. You'll almost certainly want a car if you want to get out of the city (Marin, Santa Cruz, Napa, redwoods etc), but if all you're doing is exploring the city, a car is unlikely to be worth the hassle. Getting around the city center with a combination of public transport, Uber and your own feet is easy, ...


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Yes. Absolutely. Almost all that you mention and tips can be paid using credit cards in almost all of the USA. SFO is a major metro and I cannot think of any establishment which will not happily take your money in the credit card format. It helps to keep a few bucks in cash and the only areas that I think you will require cash for are : Alms : If you love ...


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You likely won't be able to fit into a "normal" cab, however SFO normally has a good assortment of types of cabs available, ranging from those with just larger trunks up to minivans and the like. There are generally taxi marshaling staff at the airport who will be able to assign you to a taxi that will work for you. Keep in mind that a cab to the South Bay ...


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I am not convinced it is really related to travel, but in fact, there is an option if you are near Palo Alto Caltrain Station. SamTrans (San Mateo County Transit District) offers some night buses between San Francisco (Financial District) and Palo Alto Caltrain station. This is the line 397 that has 3 buses per night from Palo Alto Caltrain station, ...


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As a correction to HappyBuddha's answer, the San Francisco Bay Area has many toll bridges, and they do not accept credit cards at the toll booth. The main alternative to cash on the toll bridges is FasTrak, an electronic tolling system. You buy a transponder (grocery stores often sell them) and link it to your credit card. If you rent a car, it will ...


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Last time we toured the Bay Area, we rented a car at SFO and drove to and stayed in the outlying areas (San Jose, Napa, and Monterey) before we explored downtown SF. Once we returned to SF, we returned the rental car to the airport, took transit back to our hotel, and "finished" our vacation. Like any other major city, getting around by car is an exercise ...


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First of all, arriving at 11:45am and departing at 10:45pm should be an 11-hour layover, which is quite a lot of time. Quite a few of the popular tourist attractions are reachable by BART train without having to transfer. Also Nate already posted the link to the luggage storing information: How much to store luggage at SFO for 24 hours? Popular places to ...


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This article(http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/history/hgshp1.htm) describes history of those ships - most of them was ruined during constructions or conserved and burried under buildings.


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Fairly obviously, yes, you will see more. There's the long road, the bits of the coast, the various small town you travel through or past. Then there's the passengers. I find you'll either get 'weirdos', or you'll meet some really interesting people to talk to. People seem more keen to chat on buses than on planes, for some reason. Trains even more so ...


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Depending on where your meeting is, and what else you plan to do in the Los Angeles area, consider doing neither, and renting a car instead. "Los Angeles" is not just one place, but rather a huge sprawling expanse. Once you get there, you are still likely to be far from where you want to be, with no way to get to your intended destination unless you have a ...


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Since I finally made this trip, I will write what happened here. Mostly it is as what Doc said, when we arrived in SFO, we proceeded to the "Taxi" area as shown by the signs. There is an officer there, and when we showed him our luggage, he said that those won't fit in a normal cab. He then told us to wait while he called a bigger cab. In less than 5 ...


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As a simplest way to go you can check Google Public transportation option. Union Square to Hawk Hill takes about an hour and a half using public transport. As far as Taxis are concerned you can call for a pick up from many cab companies serving the city such as Luxor Cab and some of their flat fare are published on their website.


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The only thing I can think of is MUNI buses and streetcars, which only accept cash or Clipper. Even MUNI passes from the drugstore can only be purchased with cash. However, getting a Clipper card will save you a lot of time if you're riding transit a lot, as you can board at the rear door of the bus or streetcar instead of having to wait in line at the ...


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Let's try to list the common places where you need to spend money: Taxis: accept credit cards. Restaurants/fast food: accept credit cards. Groceries/supermarkets: accept credit cards. Hotels: accept credit cards. Car rentals: accept credit cards. Movie theaters: accept credit cards. Famous shopping stores: most accept credit cards (some don't, like sam's ...


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Did that last year- starting from San Carlos station. The train parking lot was quite empty on the weekend (a small charge for parking). Looked like a safe place to leave the car. It's only two zones from San Carlos (or Redwood City), so it was only $5/trip per person (and half that for the under-18) and 51 minute train trip each way. We just walked ...


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These photo shops are generally termed Nostalgia Photography Studios, which sometimes include 'Costumes' in the name. There are literally hundreds and they exist wherever there are tourists, and fun daily activities for children. They go under a number of company names, such as 'Old Time Photo and Costume Co', 'Old Time Photos'. Google will present for you ...


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Silicon Valley Guide has a listing of attractions. The guide is targeted towards tech-enthusiasts visiting Silicon Valley. It has a nice map which gives you a sense for the relative location of the attractions.


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Get on meetup.com and see what meets your interests and have interesting events going on when you're there. The bay area's really about the amazing collection of people, so meet some!



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