A few months ago, I booked an incredible deal on a flight to spend 4 days next week in or around San Francisco. Life got busy, and I still haven't made any actual plans for what we're going to do, or where we're going to stay. We've been to SF a few times before, and want to rent a car and explore the area surrounding the city this time around -- particularly to the North. Any budget-friendly suggestions?
I'll have one other person with me, and we'll be in the area from the 26th to 29th. We're from DC, if that matters at all...
We've both been to SF a few times, and were looking to spend a low-key long weekend in the area; preferably outside of the city itself (although we're not opposed to spending a night or two in SF proper if there's something exciting happening next weekend).
We've done most of the "usual" stuff in SF proper, and I've spent a bit of time
in the South Bay. It was alright, but my gut is that we'll have a better time up North (or East?). You're free to talk me out of this though.
Both of us enjoy hiking, biking, scenery, art, good coffeehouses, indie rock, geeky/tech stuff, etc. Generally speaking, MetaFilter's recommendations are usually pretty spot-on for us. If it's any indication, we loved the Mission District, and visiting Twin Peaks and Lands End were the highlights of our last SF trip.
What's good outside of San Francisco, and more importantly, where should we stay? We're not opposed to hopping around from place to place.