Three Ways To Improve Your Vacation Using

by Joe on July 20, 2008

Last weekend I was in Sacramento, California for my brother-in-law’s wedding. My wife and I decided to extend our trip to celebrate our one year anniversary with a side trip down to San Fransisco.  So not unlike my work personality, I got an itinerary together and mapped out all the fun things we could do.  But, I didnt buy a Lonely Planet or a Fodors.  I hopped on and had the best vacation ever. Here is how I used yelp; hopefully, you can learn to make your next vacation the best one ever with Yelp’s help!

What is

It is a user generated reviews site that has excellent search and filter tools to make finding a recommendation for anything from mechanics to coffee shops. More formally says: “Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what’s great – and not so great – in your area.”

So instead of looking for things in my area of cincy, I looked for four things where I was visiting:

Where Do I Park?

What do Tourists in a big city do? They pay high priced parking. $28 a day? $35? No thanks.  Yelp has a several parking garages reviewed, and what is a review without how much the parking costs?  

We found ACE Parking on Yelp so when we visited Fishermans Wharf, San Fran’s tourist mecca.  We paid 12 bucks for the day instead of the 30+ at the tourist trap parking spots. Scout out the parking with Yelp before you get there and SAVE BIG!

What Do the Locals Do?

Traveling in a giant clump of tourists is fun sometimes. Other times it ruins a chance to experience a new place.  So Yelp helped me figure out which touristy things were worth the cash. Yelp has a filter called Local Flavor that lets you find out what places, restaurants and activities the locals tend to enjoy.

Now, in Sacramento before the rehearsal dinner, My other brother-in-law, the best man and I were sitting around with nothing to do. So we fired up yelp and found the coolest thing since sliced breadSky High Sports. It is 42,000 square feet of trampolines and walled trampolines.  I got on turned 10 years old and got off and turned 80.  It was a blast. Yelp came through in the clutch with some awesome local flavor!

In San Fransisco, I read some reviews of the Bay City Bike Tour on Yelp. A lot of locals seemed to say that they couldn’t believe how long they lived in San Fran without doing this tour!  So, My wife and I took many great pictures as we peddled across the Golden Gate Bridge.  

Where Do I Eat?

Upon getting to the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, we rode down the hill to Sausalito and ate at a great restaurant called Poggio. How did we find Poggio? We just walked up to it. But had we used Yelp… locals said great things about Poggio

On our drive from Sacramento to San Fran we stopped in Berkeley for breakfast at Bette’s Oceanview Diner. This place was great. Awesome atmosphere, awesome food.  They served a Pancake souffle.  I got the chocolate one… look at it, it was so tasty. My stomach loves finding new places to eat on Yelp!

Life on vacation would really be easy if I only had a 3G iphone…GPS, 3G internet, maps, amazing. But, since I don’t have an iPhone, I will stick to using Yelp before I leave.  Have you used Yelp to help you plan a trip or vacation?


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