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Old 05-07-2010, 03:04 PM
Location: NJ
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We have about 8 days to check them both out, but which one would be more worth doing an extra day or two? Which one is closer to parks or other nature related activities?
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:23 PM
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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most definitely San Francisco! Don't forget the view from the top of Dolores Park in SF, it's magnificient!
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:36 PM
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i'm not sure more to do is the right question - i think it's more what do you like to do

i prefer SF as it is - for 8 days this would be a no brainer to me

i'd spend a few days in SF and then some in the surrounding area - could see the redwoods, wine country, etc ..... I like the urban feel of SF more, i like the neighborhoods, the restaurants, the variety of things to see and do and the ease of getting to these things
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:49 PM
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San Francisco. There's North Shore (little Italy), China Town, Knob Hill, The Wharf, GG Bridge, Sausalito, Lombard St, Alcatraz, Ghiardelli Sq, Coit Tower, Presidio, Then there is wine country.. Napa Valley with dozens of wineries. Dont forget the cable cars also. Really fun stuff to do there.
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:18 PM
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I'd definitely choose SF over LA. I suppose you could fill up eight days in LA, but most of it would be travel time, getting from one point to another.
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:30 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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LA = concrete jungle with a few gems (very few). As mentioned it is huge, travel time will eat up a large portion of your time. (I wouldn't bother to purposefully GO there for a vacation. Maybe for a business trip).

SF has a lot of natural beauty within and nearby. (within much less distance than traversing LA)
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Old 05-08-2010, 12:01 AM
Location: San Diego
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I've been to both, multiple times. LA has great beach cities, so if you like the beach it's a great place to be. Most people think "city" when they think of LA, forgetting Santa Monica, Hermosa, Redondo Beach, Malibu, etc., which are awesome SoCal beach communities. I live within driving distance and go quite often. You can hike in the canyons, shop in Beverly Hills and check out Hollywood as well. And of course, the countless amusement parks and studios, if you're into that kind of thing. Also, tons and tons of great restaurants.

SF has a ton of things to do as well and is one of my favorite cities. You're close to hiking, tons of great restaurants, and good public transportation, something LA lacks. You can also do a day trip to Napa from SF, which is worth the drive.

Both cities are great and you need to decide what you're looking for out of your vacation. I'm a huge beach fan, so LA (Santa Monica particularly) would be my choice for extra days.
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:50 AM
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Why not spend a few days driving between the two on the Pacific Coast Highway.
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Old 05-08-2010, 12:50 PM
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As Kodaka pointed out, SF is in a very compact area compared to L.A. There are PLENTY of things to do in both metro areas. But so much in SF is accessable by walking or taking a trolley or bus. L.A. and environs has lots to offer, but you cannot really get around without a car. taking a day or two to drive up the coast between L.A. & S.F. is a great idea, Jambo 101!
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