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SF airport layover things to do?

We are traveling from Maui back to Calgary in December and have a ten hour layover on New Year's day. What do you recommend we do during that time with 3 kids between the ages of 9-16? Is it feasible to leave the airport and go sightseeing? We will have taken an overnight flight so will be tired, but I really don't want to hang around the airport.

Any suggestions?

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1. Re: SF airport layover things to do?

Bart has a connection to SFO and that will get you to San Francisco quickly for a few hours.

http://www.bart.gov/

You might want to get off at Powell Street Station. There is shopping mall . Its also walking distance to the Metreon where there are movies, games, stores, and other places to enjoy.

Generally most stores are open New Years Day but if you have a specific one that you are interested in, best to check in advance.

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2. Re: SF airport layover things to do?

The problem is that you'll be tired. Were you not, there's much to which you can pleasantly walk, tour, eat, and return to our airport in ten hours. Obviously New Year's Day might have other than ideal weather but one doth not ever know.

Please visit the page of options, and details, for Getting From/To OUR AIRPORT/YOUR HOTEL at geocities.com/touringsfo/…FromSFO.html at the TouringSFO site at http://geocities.com/touringsfo/ that has a wealth of additional information that might interest you.

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3. Re: SF airport layover things to do?

Travel fatigue is going to be a major consideration here.

Starting from the brimming with energy, gotta make the most of the opportunity end of the spectrum, there's what I call the Cable Car/Wharf loop -- You take BART to the Powell Street Station, then pick up a Powell-HYDE cable car (not a Powell-Mason or you'll miss a view of the crooked block of Lombard Street), riding on the right-hand side of the car. Take the cable car all the way to the end of the line at Aquatic Park, and then poke around Fisherman's Wharf. When you want to return, pick up a MUNI F-Line streetcar (the F-line is noteworthy in that they operate historic streetcars from all over the world) to Market Street, and then pick up BART back to the airport at the Embarcadero Station.

In the middle, the San Francisco International Airport website has a list of places you can visit, via BART during layovers of 4 hours or more. See flysfo.com/web/page/orphan/visit/index.html

And if you just want to get out, but don't want to burn a lot of energy, you can either (a) grab a taxi and have them take you to some of the famous points of interest like the Golden Gate Bridge and/or down the crooked block of Lombard Street, or (b) take BART to the 24th Street Station, and pop out for a burrito and maybe some pan dulce for the flight home.

Note that you should check with specific points of interest listed to verify that they'll be open on New Years Day. There's no problem with the Mission.

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4. Re: SF airport layover things to do?

Thank you for the info.

It's true that we will probably be very tired and will need to keep that in mind in planning our day.

Maybe we will have to have plan A and plan B depending on how we feel that day.

Thanks again!

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5. Re: SF airport layover things to do?

You could always take a couple hour city tour. It will take you to most of the major sites and should envolve sitting on a bus.

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