Two of my friends and I are planning to visit San Francisco for a week in June. I have not been to California before, and I’ve long been interested in that hilly, foggy city. Its cool summer temperatures will hopefully be a nice break from the usual D.C. hot mugginess. We have some ideas of where we want to go in the city and the Bay Area, but are still in the beginning stages of the plans. If you know San Francisco, what are some tips and recommendations for places to stay, can’t miss destinations, or don’t-bother places?
More in the literary vein, what are some recommendations for books that are set in San Francisco? From non-fiction to crime to supernatural, or whatever, what books should I read to get some pre-trip flavor of the city?