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  • 1

    Golden Gate Bridge

    4.5
    842 reviews

    It's about a two-hour/six-mile walk from the Ferry Buidling to the Golden Gate Bridge if you follow the water's edge. It's a long walk but you'll pass by/near some classic SF sights: Pier to Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Fort Mason, Palace of Fine Arts, Crissy Field, and Fort Point. Clearly if you stop at all of these spots, it'll ...

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  • 2

    San Diego Zoo

    4.5
    470 reviews

    This world-famous zoo has enough species to please even the pickiest of animal-lovers in your family. This makes for a great first or last stop on a tour of the many opportunities to see California's wildlife along the coast.

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  • 3

    Disneyland

    4.5
    441 reviews

    I've been an Anaheim local for almost 25 years, and I have to say this is the best, must-see attraction in Orange County. You haven't done LA/OC until you've done Disneyland. I actually used to work here when I was in college and didn't want to go here as much because - well, I saw it everyday. But now that ...

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  • 4

    Balboa Park

    5
    361 reviews

    Unlike tourist traps like Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco or Hollywood Boulevard in LA, San Diego's Balboa Park is popular with visitors for good reason. On a sunny Sunday (and you can bet that any given Sunday is going to be sunny here in SD), you could easily spend the whole day just wandering around, finding secret gardens, watching craftspeople ...

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  • 5

    Alcatraz Island

    4.5
    389 reviews

    Such an interesting story behind Alcatraz. If you do the tour be sure to get the audio tour it tells the history of the island really well and also tells you great stories of altercations that took place in certain cells accompanied by sound effects. It's really cool!

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  • 6

    Golden Gate Park

    4.5
    358 reviews

    althouh we did not spend a whole lot of time here, actually just drove through it, we did very much enjoy all the greenery and flowers and lawn it has to offer. for a city that has housing one on top of another this is a nice change!

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  • 7

    Fisherman's Wharf

    4
    407 reviews

    It's stinky. It's dirty. It's overpriced. It's touristy. But damn it, I just can't help myself when those crab stands sing a siren's song to draw me down to Fisherman's Wharf! I simply cannot resist a stop here when I'm visiting San Francisco. The stands are pretty much one and the same and all the prices are exactly the same. ...

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  • 8

    SeaWorld San Diego

    4.5
    301 reviews

    This place is not what it used to be. Prior to this time (April 2013), the last time I came here was with my dad about 10 years ago. It was so much fun, and the whales did some really amazing tricks. Ten years and a couple whale-related deaths later, I don't know if I could praise it as much ...

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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
    255 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

    I've been to a lot of stadiums around the world and this is one of the best. Unbelievable architecture with spectacular views at every turn.

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  • 12

    Ferry Building Marketplace

    4.5
    203 reviews

    This is a GREAT place to wander about. Personal favourites include the former Taylor's Refresher, Cowgirl Creamery , the bookstore, the wine place, and of course the view. It is a bit Yupscale and pricey. However, I knew that walking in and still had a great time. Great Bay view too.

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  • 13

    Riding a Cable Car

    4.5
    201 reviews

    It's expensive, so I recommend buying a day pass for $14 and get off/on all day. One way is $6. Get a good seat on the outside for amazing views as you go up/down hills!

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  • 14

    Pier 39

    4
    232 reviews

    PIER 39 is a must on your list of your things to do in San Francisco, with sea lions, waterfront dining, street performers, live music, shopping and more.

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  • 15

    Lombard Street

    4
    208 reviews

    Driving down this street feels surreal! The houses along it are gorgeous and it's worth braving the traffic for the view alone.

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  • 16

    Union Square

    4
    208 reviews

    Centrally located downtown, Union Square (probably) serves as the city's shopping center. In the winter, there's ice skating, hot chocolate, and a great big Christmas tree. In the summer it's the busiest intersection near the Powell St. Cable car. Very tooouuuurrrriiisty.

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  • 17

    Santa Monica Pier

    4
    198 reviews

    Always wonderful for a day of old fashioned entertainment. Don't forget to ride the historic carousel for $1.50 per ride. Adults allowed and encouraged!

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  • 18

    Disney's California Adventure

    4.5
    159 reviews

    Though it does not give you that same magical feeling that Disneyland Park does, it's newer and less crowded than the original park. They've really improved this place to the point that I actually recommend it to travelers. Here's a good strategy for getting around here: 1) Go to Cars first. The newer rides have the longest lines. 2) Get ...

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  • 19

    The Getty Center

    4.5
    150 reviews

    Great views over Los Angeles and the pacific ocean. Amazing architecture, great exhibits, and wonderful gardens. Check out their concerts. And another nice thing: you only pay for parking, the rest is free.

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  • 20

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    4.5
    143 reviews

    This is one of the best aquariums in the country, if not the world. They have an amazing jellyfish exhibit that is awe inspiring. This is great for all ages.

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