This is my survival guide for those attending the ASCB meeting in San Francisco this weekend. Hopefully this is helpful, if not eat a dick all you haters, or leave some helpful feedback for the readers to follow up on.
OK, first thing first, you have to get there. I am assuming that most people are flying in. First thing first, don't rent a car, you don't need it. San Francisco has a fabulous public transit system. What you will need is at least a BART pass to get from the airport to downtown and you need to get off at the Powell St. or Montgomery St. stops depending on which hotel you are staying at. For more information click here. If you want to get about town you may be interested in a Muni Pass if you want to hop a trolley car and head down to Fisherman's Wharf or catch a bus to go see the California Academy of Sciences, Flower Conservatory or the Japanese Tea Garden.
The food scene is fabulous is SF and there are many great places to eat near the convention center. I recommend the Union Square district, there is a fabulous breakfast place the Honey Honey Cafe and many excellent sushi restaurants. I'm not going to tell you my favorite one but if you hit me up and want to meet for some rolls I might spill the location. Another great place to dine if you are on a budget is Cafe Bellini not too far from the convention center. There is also some excellent eats down at Fisherman's Wharf so don't forget to eat there. If you want some crazy dining I suggest also going to the Stinking Rose and choosing an item from their garlic-laden menu. Need more food ideas, well tweet @vonoberst for more places to grub up.
Go down to the Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf to check out the sea lions, make a trip out to see the spectacular redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument, visit the wine country, etc. If you are into entertainment, typically every night there is some free music in Union Square so venture down there. Or if you are looking to grab a drink and watch some sports head over to Lefty O'Douls. Into comedy, why not check out famed comedian Richard Lewis at the legendary Cobbs Comedy Club. Make sure to stop by the Student and Postdoc social on Monday evening.
I'm sure you have been inundated with all those little postcards from vendors so make sure to stop by the tables and say whats up, register to win one of the many tablet devices, collect free swag and hobnob with some cool folks. Make sure to drop by my buddies at Cedarlane (Booth 200) to check out their stuff and maybe get some free stuff. Also run by and give Stan Schwartz of Nikon (Booth 819) some knuckles and get the scoop on the free microscopy seminars they are holding at ASCB.
Right now I can't think of anything else but as more stuff comes in I'll add it in. Once again, if anyone wants to hang out, grab a bite to eat, or just shoot the shit send me comment, email, or tweet.