My husband is attending a conference in Berkley University in August, and we as a family are going to take the opportunity to visit the area too. We will travel from Europe via NY with our two children (16 and 12), and are hoping to introduce our kids to San Francisco and the surrounding area. We fly in Monday evening so will be playing tourist there Tuesday to Friday (inclusive) to the 21st. I want to ensure we have an enjoyable and memorable trip with the children in particular, so need your advice....
Accomodation : where would you advise us to stay - near/accessible to the college and also with good public transport facilities into SF.? Ideally somewhere with a pool, in case we decide to take a break on one day? Budget for family room c.$ 200-250 sound ok for something comfortable?
How best to spend the days available? I would like to do some of the 'touristy' stuff - see Alcatraz, fishermans wharf, travel on cable car see Golden Gate, plus a little shopping. What else would you suggest for the kids? Also would like to get a sense of the Berkley area while we are there. I am not planning to hire a car (or should I?), and as I will be on my own with the kids for 2-3 days, I could do with some suggestions on how to break up the trip. My husband will likely meet us in the evenings after his conference, and join us on one full day.
Also, what should we expect weather wise at that time - I know from previous visits that the Bay Area can be somewhat cooler /wetter than expected?
Many thanks in advance for your suggestions!