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Making the most of a business trip to San Francisco?

This is definitely an off-topic post, but I figure this is the right forum to get some good answers.

My company has just approved me for travel to VMWorld 2014 at the Moscone Center, which I've always wanted to go visit in person as a lot of cool things have happened there.

That being said, I' haven't been to San Francisco since I was an infant, and want to try make the most of my time there. :) I've also never been to a conference like this, so I am going in with a couple assumptions:

1. I'll have no free time (this is probably not true, but I'll assume my free time is limited)
2. I will try stay near the Moscone, and hope to walk or public transit

I suppose I am looking for ideas of things to do, places to see, and great food to eat. (For example: I hear there is a 5k run at VMWorld where you can see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge and that does interest me.)

Now to try and get all my documents and flights/hotel in order!

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Jaredhc

Pier 39 has some great food as well as some street performers. Can't go wrong there
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frankspin

Is it bad that I'm partially interested in what VMWare is doing for 2014? I blame my love hate relationship with View from a few years ago.

Alcatraz is a fun trip and actually quite enjoyable without too much crowding. You basically pay for your ticket there, but then can take any boat back you see fit. If you're there on a Thursday that is their night tour day which I've been told is really cool.

Do the Wharf just to get up there and see the stuff, as well as hit In-N-Out but it's pretty touristy and not too exciting.

The Bridge is worth checking out just from a marvel stand point, even in the fog, since it's so old and big. You can also spend time walking through Crissy Field and Fort Mason while you're there.

It's a bit hard to make some recommendations because they could require some time to accomplish. I'll defer food options to the locals though.
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kris

As this is a tech site we're posting on, if you're going to be near the Wharf I suggest going to the Musée Mécanique to see some arcade history.

www.museemecaniquesf.com/
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TgD

This actually looks pretty cool! It also seems to be relatively close to an in-n-out

Thanks all for the suggestions so far!

At the risk of linking a pdf here. That VMWorld 5k run does indeed go through crissy field and follows in interesting looking route

download3.vmware.com­/vmworld­/2014­/downloads­/fun­-ru...
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kris

I think it might be the only In-N-Out in San Francisco proper, actually...
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Jaredhc

Other than the one off Jefferson St, the only other one I know of is off the 280 in south SF.
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Jaredhc

Double-Double animal style add banana peppers...
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TgD

Are you suggesting a coffee with banana peppers? Part of me is intrigued, part of me disgusted
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Jaredhc

Ha! Don't order that at starbucks.. that will put a nice kick in your coffee.
Is animal style when they pour coffee into your hands so you can slurp it up? haha
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baileylo

Try to go out and see Alcatraz, make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time. This is a day activity so it might be impossible.

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TgD

In a sad twist, my company has decided to cancel my trip after all tickets were booked and such.

I appreciate the responses everyone, but I don't need them anymore!
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