I love staying at the St Francis on Union Square in the old part of the hotel. It's half a block from the trolley stops at Geary and Powell. Make a day of it by taking the Powell-Hyde trolley to Fisherman's Wharf. It leaves you off a block from Ghirardelli Square and two blocks from the Wharf. Yes, it's touristy, but it's fun to visit the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum and Madame Tussauds at least once. Enjoy lunch on the Wharf (crabs!) At the end of your day on the Wharf, walk the three blocks over to Trader Joe's and pick up some bread (Boudin sourdough, the best!), cheese, and a bottle of sparkling wine for tomorrow's breakfast. Take the Powell-Mason trolley back to the St Francis for a long soak in the tub before going for cocktails at the Redwood Room at the Clift (two blocks away) then out to dinner in one of the many great nearby restaurants. By the way, Chinatown is just a short walk away, about 5 blocks, from the St. Francis.


There are so many cultural attractions, beautiful parks and amazing vistas to see in the city, all of them easily reached by bus or trolley from the St. Francis. Plan to spend at least four days in San Francisco to enjoy some of them at a leisurely pace. There's no way to see them all in a week, so save some for your next trip back, Yeah, you'll be back.

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