I'm currently intending to make my first trip to America, and San Francisco is at the top of my location list right now. I'm hoping to be over for the 4th of July (30 June -7 July), cos I figure the weather will be good and there's probably going to be a load of stuff going on?
Anyway I had a few queries about the city, where's good to eat and drink? Any good recommendations on where to go at night (bars/clubs etc)? Also any general advice on customs etc, for example, being from England, tipping isn't something we do as standard, so I'm not clear on what's accepted and what circumstances you should or shouldn't tip in.
I won't be driving, but is there anything I should make sure I do or see? I'm going to do the obvious like Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge (I assume you can walk/run over it) etc.
I've not finalised a hotel yet, but to give you an idea of the starting area, I'm currently looking at staying in either The Stanford Court, W San Francisco on Third Street, or Hotel Palomar on 4th Street, unless anyone local has heard anything bad about those places?