As a native to the SF area, here are my own experiences:Places
! A great plus to it is the exercise. (Free on Sept.29)
2)Try the SF Exploratorium
.Very fun although it might be a bit juvenile
4)If you don't get to see a lot of beaches, you should most definitely visit Baker Beach
. Plenty of sand and a great view of the golden gate bridge although pretty chilly year-round.
5)Fisherman's Wharf & Pier 39
. It's very touristy so I don't like it much as a local, but I remember that I loved it the first time I went there so I figure visitors love it as well.Food
: perfect sashimi. Very expensive, but the best fish I've tasted so far
2)Golden Gate Bakery
: Very fattening (all Chinese bakeries are), but they have very good stuff, esp. their egg custard tarts. Just get one to try, I guess.
3)Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant
: Chinese , vegetarian, and pretty darn good for vegetarian food.
4)Swan Oyster Depot
: Great seafood, but you'll probably have to either stand or wait a while for a seat.
What month do you plan on getting here to SF? There are a lot of free/cheap events running through the summer into the fall that you might be able to attend.
Just a while back, there was a fantastic color race, and in a bit SF City Hall is hosting free Rotunda performances.