Michelle and I just had an incredible week in San Francisco. Early 2009 we booked a marketing job there promoting a wireless brand at Oracle Open World with one of the top marketing co's in the world. While in town, we took the opportunity to take a few days of much needed vacation as well and had some great adventures exploring the area.
When we arrived, we rented a car for the first weekend. As always, Michelle got a great deal and we ended up getting an 09 Dodge Challenger (see pic). Over the weekend we drove up and down the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or highway 1. The views of the bluffs overlooking the ocean are absolutely breathtaking and well worth the gas. Down south we ate at a quaint Italian restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea, drove through downtown Santa Cruz and went for a walk on a quiet beach. Up north we discovered the great Sequoias and enjoyed the picturesque scenery.
While exploring San Fran, we discovered some things to avoid: public transportation if possible. The Muni and BART are not clearly marked, poorly routed and in poor condition. The Renoir Hotel (one of the four hotels we stayed in on this trip) was terrible. One of the worst hotels we've ever been in - and our room got robbed our second day there - causing us to promptly leave.
Some of our favorite experiences from downtown San Fran were: the views of the bay and the city, Alcatraz (Pier 33), Legion of Honor, Science Museum (puts the Aquarium by the Bay to shame), barking seals down by Pier 39, farmer's market on the weekend by Pier 1.
We had an incredible trip and felt very blessed in so many ways - even on vacation God is with us.