Re: SF Bay Area trip...what to do?
hopefully you won't get the rain but regardless the weather isn't going to be great. its winter. we just had a storm take a shit on us in the bay and it seems to be just the beginning. but don't let the weather get you down or anything. you could defintely go to the piers/fisherman warf maybe take an adventurous ride on the choppy waters to alcatraz (thats if they are doing tours in shitty weather) You could risk your life by going to the zoo and you could also take a cable car around town but cable cars are overrated they only run in a small section of the shitty, i meant city. Chinatown is definitely a spot to check out but during the day so as to feel the full awesomeness of it. Other than that san francisco is a tasty melting pot offering the best of food from all over the world. Chinese (of course) Indian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Korean, Mexican?, Thai, Russian, Vietnamese, Seafood (fishermans warf) Italian, french, and much much more. Eats and drink selection that is worldly. Some ares of the city to go to Marina Cow Hollow area, chinatown, north beach/little italy, fishermans warf, downtown/financial district, twin peaks (great view from a higher elevation), and haight ashbury of course. Areas of the city to avoid: The tenderloin (unless you are under 21, don't know anybody, and want to score some liquor quickstyle), richmond/sunset (nothing to do there residential area unless you are visiting some ppl), hunters point (doubt you'd stray anywhere near there but i hear its not pretty), the embarcadero (pretty boring).
Drive across the two main bridges the golden gate bridge & bay bridge (try not to go during rush hour) Or you could bike/walk across the golden gate bridge and check out sausalito/the marin headlands. If you want to go a little further north you could go see redwoods up in muir woods (pretty awesome). Go across the bay bridge and head to oakland (i don't know why just go).
pretty much...it...food/drank....chinatown....twin peaks....haight ashbury....fishermans warf....cable car museum (for your historical and public transportation fare needs)
Drive your 3 down lombard street (the curvy part of it) i live some couple of blocks away and sometimes get the feeling to bomb the hill squealing my tires all the way down (try it at your own risk. after 12 am) shit is fun tho.
worst comes to worst and my post does nothing for you and you don't feel like absorbing this random flow of though no worries. just find a nice respectable looking motel/hotel go in inquire about the rates and steal a bunch of brochures and maps of the city. those will tell you much more than i can and they're complimentary. have fun?