If You’re Going to San Francisco…


Warning! This message is completely off-topic, but who cares?

Not me!

I can use some help, so I'm asking.

I will be in San Francisco from October 4 to October 10 to attend a wedding of a good friend of mine. I've been to San Francisco a couple of times before, so I've already seen all those standard tourist traps, like Alcatraz, Chinatown, the cable cars, Golden Gate, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, etc…

But this time, I want to visit some less usual places. Like good restaurants most tourists usually skip, some less well-known events, or sightseeing opportunities, and perhaps some out-of-the-ordinary shopping experiences.

For example:

  • I have been invited by Elisabeth Hendrickson, to play some agile games with a number of other people. I'm very looking forward to that.
  • I will visit the Computer History Museum, to see some "historic" artifacts and stories of the information age.
  • And I will certainly visit Borderlands Books, San Francisco's home for science fiction, fantasy, and
    horror books.

What do you think? Any advice for me?

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  • http://www.dylansalisbury.com Dylan Salisbury

    Hi Jurgen,
    Try to time your visit to visit to the Computer History Museum to allow you to see a demonstration of the Babbage Engine (see http://www.computerhistory.org/hours/ )
    You might get a different view of the city during a peaceful walk through the Columbarium (see
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbarium_of_San_Francisco )
    For shopping… this may seem like a silly question, but have you been to a Fry’s Electronics in one of your previous visits? If not, it might be worth an hour or two in order to allow you to understand an essential institution in the life of many Silicon Valley geeks.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/jurgenappelo/ Jurgen Appelo

    @Dylan: Thanks, those suggestions are very useful!

  • Andrew Levine

    A few fun things to do that you *may* not have done on previous visits:
    Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Sausalito, Mill Valley, and into Tiburon. You can take a ferry back to SF if you don’t have the legs to ride it.
    Teatro Zinzanni: http://love.zinzanni.org/
    -Andy

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