No. of Recommendations: 0
Most people who visit the US never realize how big and varied it is. SF is not like NYC, LA or Chicago, much like Moscow is probably not like Vladivostok, Minsk or St. Petersburg. SF is less "American" than other major US cities, as it is much more cosmopolitan and international in a quite confined space at the tip of a peninsula.

Anyway, it all depends what your wife likes - the city or the countryside. Since the US is much more than just SF, and since you have been to SF before, and since your wife will do some city tour and shopping later, and if you are over jetlag, I'd say to go outside the city. Napa/Sonoma will be hot that time of year, but it would be nice. You can easily do a bus tour of Napa and hit the major wineries if you don't want to drive. Driving down Highway 1 would be OK, but note that Highway 1 is now closed off at Devil's Slide due to a landslide - you would not be able to make it down as far as Half Moon Bay.

It is possible to get to Yosemite, do a little tour of Yosemite Valley, and make it back in one day. Or Lake Tahoe. 4 hours each way drive time - a long time, but both locations are beautiful.

You could also get to Monterey via 101 South (not Highway 1). That would be about a 2 hour drive one-way. Take 101S to 880S (which turns into 17S). You hit Santa Cruz (an interesting place), then take Highway 1 South.

Going down to Silicon Valley is boring, don't fall for that. Whatever you do, don't go to the Winchester Mystery House.

Or hey, you can go to Berkeley. Many people call it the most communist place in America. But maybe it would bring back memories for your wife ;). Seriously, it still has a lot of hippie characteristics, IMHO more so than Haight-Ashbury in SF.

If you stay "in the city", I would recommend going to Ft. Point and walk onto the Golden Gate Bridge, especially if the weather is nice. You can also drive across the bridge to a vista point, then drive into the Marin Headlands for some great views. If the weather is nice, the boatride to Alcatraz is also cool, and I think they have audio tours in Russian.
Print the post  

Announcements

What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.