Need a break from your hum-drum routine week? Then hop on the train for a fun-filled day in San Francisco. Be sure to check out the bargains on Amtrak’s special commuter train - the Capitol Corridor. (See sidebar below).
Sit back with a cup of coffee and the newspaper to appreciate the rich colors and textures of the landscape– beautiful details you’ve never noticed while negotiating the traffic and tolls of Highway 80.
When you get off the train at Emeryville, there’s a bus (or two) waiting just outside the train station to take you to five different locations in San Francisco.
Before boarding the bus, show the driver your train ticket and tell him your destination so he can let you know which bus stop you want.
Here are a few ideas for starters – all day trips I’ve enjoyed in the past two years:
O A Wed, Sat or Sun matinee at one of the theaters
O Sunday matinee of the San Francisco Ballet, only two blocks away from the Asian Art Museum. Its café is an excellent choice for lunch.
O Saturday morning’s Farmers’ Market at the Ferry Building– where you’ll find a mouth-watering breakfast or lunch at one of the outdoor kiosks and lots of intriguing shops inside.
O Golden Gate Park (closed to traffic on Sundays) – the Museum of Modern Art and Ca. Academy of Sciences. My young nieces’ favorites were climbing and running around the Japanese Tea Garden and the playground.
O A steep climb up Telegraph Hill to the Coit Tower (Be on the lookout for the neighborhood’s wild parrots).
O For a panoramic sunset view of the city, order drinks and snacks at the Top of the Mark (Hopkins Hotel) on Nob Hill where many fond memories began during WW II.
Choose any one of the same five San Francisco Amtrak bus stops to return to the Emeryville Train station. There’s no need to be concerned about missing the train to Sacramento because the bus and train schedules are coordinated.
For More Information
O Capitol Corridor, www.capitolcorridor.org, tel. 877-974-3322 ($9.00 for 24-hr parking)
O Visitors Guide, www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com
O Comprehensive site to San Francisco Arts, www.sfarts.org
O Best of Broadway plays, www.shnsf.com