I love San Francisco. The people. The smells. The buildings. The fast pace. I miss city life sometimes.
If you're going to San Francisco here are some tips:
A friend once told me if you're going to the city for the weekend and want a great hotel use priceline. So I did. I typed in 4 stars, $99(name your own price) and within seconds we had a beautiful room in the JW Marriot right off of Union Square. Easy Peezy.
We always park at the 5th and Mission Garage. $32 bucks for 24 hours (considerably lower than the $60+ the hotel wanted. You don't really need your car in the city with all of the transportation available (ie bus,trolley,cable car and cabs) Cabs are really cheap to get around the city...I think it was $9 to get from Fisherman's wharf back to our hotel. I wish we would have known that before we walked up from our hotel to the Fairmont for dinner. It was a tad embarrassing to show up there dripping with sweat.
If you want to go on the Cable Car...definitely use the California St one. Less people. Which means less of a chance of your child being almost pushed off by a tourists backpack. True Story.
Oh yes, and the Tonga Room is overrated. The food is ok. The service is ok.The pool and boat that the band plays on is ok. The band is awesome. I could think of 50 other places in the city Id rather eat at for a couple of hundred dollars. Lesson learned. Glad we can say we've been there though.
You have to see Beach Blanket Babylon. Just go. Not kid friendly. I would go every weekend if I could. Hilarious. Amazing. Fantastic. Love.
Have fun in the city!