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  • 1

    Golden Gate Bridge

    4.5
    843 reviews

    Never gets old. The area around it gets incredibly windy, so dress accordingly. Don't be too upset if the fog blocks your photo because that's common.

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  • 2

    San Diego Zoo

    4.5
    474 reviews

    The San Diego Zoo is definitely one of, if not the very best, zoo in the country. The grounds are enormous, and there is plenty to see and keep a family or group entertained for an entire day. They offer tours that include pickup and dropoff at your San Diego based hotels, if that makes it easier than renting a ...

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  • 3

    Disneyland

    4.5
    444 reviews

    Always a wonderful way to spend a day or an afternoon! Night time Disney is one of my favorite with all of the lights and music!

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  • 4

    Balboa Park

    5
    362 reviews

    Balboa Park is must see when visiting San Diego. It is full of culture and tons of things to see and do. Stop by all the museums or just walk around the gardens. The possibilities are almost endless.

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  • 5

    Alcatraz Island

    4.5
    388 reviews

    Alcatraz is rich in history and eeriness, being an island which used to hold high-security prisoners. The island itself is very beautiful. The audio tour is very worth it.

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  • 6

    Golden Gate Park

    4.5
    359 reviews

    What's *not* to love about Golden Gate Park?! There's far too much to do in the park than I can review hereā€¦so here are the highlights, focusing mainly on those in the eastern end of the park. 1) The Dahlia Garden (and the Conservatory of Flowers gardens) - Hands down, the Dahlia Garden is one of the most beautiful spots ...

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  • 7

    Fisherman's Wharf

    4
    408 reviews

    As a local, I stay away from this tourist trap, but it's a great place to take kids and visiting families. Don't miss the aquarium, and definitely try and get a seat at one of the restaurants at the end of the wharf to get a good look at the sea lions. Also, have a soup in a bread bowl!

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  • 8

    SeaWorld San Diego

    4.5
    303 reviews

    Love love love this place. Wish there were more animals and that the shows were more animals and less people/stories, but could spend days here anyway. Great rides, decent food, fun souvenirs. I really like the eggplant parm at Mama Stella's.

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  • 9

    Gaslamp Quarter

    4.5
    248 reviews

    Nightlife, food, downtown San Diego culture and an outdoor mall (Horton Plaza) combine to create...The Gaslamp Quarter. Oh, and it's an historical landmark, too. ;)

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  • 10

    Old Town

    4.5
    257 reviews

    I thought Old Town was going to be the oldest part of town but it turns out it's kind of a historically preserved, tourist attraction. The entire thing is set up like the old wild west/traditional Mexico feeling. While your there you have to stop for some of the Mexican food and I recommend grabbing a margarita while your at ...

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  • 11

    AT&T Park

    4.5
    206 reviews

    Rising up out of post-apocalyptic rubble to become the new cathedral of baseball, I cannot give this facility any less than five stars. It is outstanding in every way. I've sat in every major area except Arcade, and with the exception of a small group of seats in the left-field corner (what I call "the armpit"), there are no bad ...

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  • 12

    Ferry Building Marketplace

    4.5
    204 reviews

    While it's hardly a well-kept secret, the Embarcadero's restored Ferry Building is one of the city's most accessible sights, and unlike the abomination of Fisherman's Wharf, a place well worth visiting. With lovely architecture that's miraculously survived both the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, today the building houses a host of fine eateries (Slanted Door, anybody?) and market stalls, and a ...

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  • 13

    Riding a Cable Car

    4.5
    201 reviews

    So much fun but a bit scaring! You have to experience the cable car ride when you're in SF. You also have to hang onto the outside poles for the real deal.

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  • 14

    Pier 39

    4
    234 reviews

    Friendly Sea Lions! There weren't many that day but there has been hundreds of sea lions at this location ever since 1990. You can come and get a good laugh at any time of the day.

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  • 15

    Lombard Street

    4
    208 reviews

    one of the "Must visit" when you are visiting the city, especially if it's your first time, it's one of SF symbols. You can take one of the cable cars and stop at the top, most of the drivers are used to tourist going down to take some photos and coming back.

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  • 16

    Union Square

    4
    210 reviews

    Still on my bucket list to ice skate in Union Square but nonetheless it is a great spot for walking, shopping & sightseeing year long. Close to the ferry building and fisherman's wharf, it's a notable/iconic location in San Francisco with views of the water. Perks: great for people watching!

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  • 17

    Disney's California Adventure

    4.5
    162 reviews

    California Adventure is unique in it's shows and the characters displayed throughout. Of course you'll have a lot of Mickey and great street performances! The rides are fun, but in my opinion not as suited for adults enjoyment as those at Disneyland. The park seemed much smaller than Disneyland but they did have a bar, a total perk! The Aladdin ...

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  • 18

    Santa Monica Pier

    4
    199 reviews

    Known as the Western Point of Route 66 - the historic roadway that starts in Chicago, Santa Monica Pier bustles with activities and thrilling rides. Come here for a ride on the Ferris Wheel, a free summer night concert, or to simply enjoy the view of the Pacific.

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  • 19

    The Getty Center

    4.5
    151 reviews

    If you only have time for one museum during your visit to LA, consider picking this one. Art + awesome views of the West LA cityscape, especially at sunset, when the white Travertine marble of these modernist buildings glows with pastel colors. Admission is free if you come by bus, or pay for parking (no reservations needed). The museum's cafe ...

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  • 20

    La Jolla Cove

    4.5
    148 reviews

    Such a beautiful spot and so relaxing. Just walk around and enjoy your day. And check out the very vocal seals.

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