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cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
flying visit

I will be in the Bay Area at the end of April and the first weekend in May next year, following on from a visit to New Mexico and Arizona. Influential people please arrange a show or two for me then :-)

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San Francisco !

As a europeen ,,what I liked best about San Francisco was Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park !Taking the trolley all the way to the beach was also a fine experience !

Gypsy Cowgirl's picture
Joined: Aug 14 2007
Feeling like a tourist....

in SF don't wear shorts in July, unless you want to be cold & have the locals chuckle about it.....have a great time

Deadicated's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Standing On the Corner

I'm planning to visit SF for the SF Marathon/Half-marathon next July and I must see all the venues and important places I've read and re-read about in all the Dead-related books. I haven't begun penciling an itenerary yet so I'm open to any advice or suggestions, especially from someone who knows the area upside down. The last thing, however, I want to feel like is a tourist! Thoughts?

" Where does the time go? "

TxJed's picture
Joined: Dec 30 2008
Tony Bennet didn't lie...

I was fortunate to visit for about 10 days a couple of years ago, and my heart is still there. We were there in March, and the weather was very pleasant, if a little cool. Not at all familiar with the area, we reserved a hotel room that turned out to be in the Tenderloin district. We were warned about the area, but decided to see for ourselves. It turned out to be a lovely old hotel that had been recently renovated, and we didn't feel threatened by the area at all. I would do it again if I had the chance.
One experience that stands out is driving up through the valley for a couple of hours, then turning west over the mountains. I figured we've have a wonderfully senic drive back along the coast. I was right, at least for as long as daylight remained. As soon as the sun set, it turned into a white-knuckled drive from hell. Pitch black, I had to watch the line on the side of the road to keep from driving off into the surf. So heed those cautions about the PCH; a beautiful drive during the day, a test of skill at night.
Golden Gate Park and especially the Haight district were our favorite areas.
Our visit created a strong desire to return, and even stay in the area permanently if we could. We are looking forward to returning some day.
I know that you will enjoy every minute of your visit.

Good to know you got shoes to wear when you find the floor.

Joined: Jun 9 2007
San Fran memories

Marye's post about Muir Woods beach brings back such memories
We were in Salsaledo? and stopped at a deli to get lunch took it to the beach- it was misty and cold-we walked out on the boardwalk and stood for along time-the waves were crashing the fog was floating up the cliffs, we sat at a picnic table and ate our food. The kids loved it we stayed several hours and watched a little boat deal with waves.
The drive is really a lot of hair pin turns. I could have stayed in Muir woods for a week.
Next time we come out there I would sure like to meet the people I chat with and get a "Dead Head " tour of the city-beers on me!

And the road goes on forever....

johnman's picture
Joined: Dec 26 2007
the saloon

on grant avenue....written on one of the tiny walls in the even tinier rest room.."blues will grab your lizard brain, and make it squeek". the bar's 150 aniv is in 2011

tphokie1's picture
Joined: Jun 9 2007
Greatest city in the world!

Richard, I'm not a local but I can tell you you're about to visit the most magical place I've ever been. I was there for a couple of days in 1979 but my life was forever transformed by the experience. I should also add that I wasn't even a Deadhead yet! The positive vibe of the place was inescapable. It probably contributed to me eventually becoming a Deadhead. Wish I could be there with you! Enjoy, brother!

Richard Vigeant's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007

Hey, we'll be around next april. Hope we can meet, really want to hear all your stories about our GOGD. We'll stay in touch.
And to all of you who take your precious time to help us, you're deadly grate. Please let's continue to feed us.
Marjelaine et Richard.

Hal R's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
my favorite spots

City Lights Bookstore, lots of history there and go for a drink at Vesuovios next door. Walk around and hike up to Coit Tower. Check out Telegragh Hill, lots of funky houses. Lots of cool architecture there and also in the Haight. North Beach is one of my favorite areas. The Asian Art Museum and Golden Gate Park. I like to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and back.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
William Blake


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