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    Golden Gate Bridge

    Lincoln Boulevard & Doyle Drive, San Francisco, California 94129, United States
    841 reviews

    Bucket list when you visit SFO. Great perspective on the region.

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    Balboa Park

    1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
    358 reviews

    Such a San Diego Gem, museums, children's playground, gardens, the SD Zoo, trails, large lawns, events, it's really got it all! It's especially fun to visit during the holidays & see the Festival of Lights.

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    Alcatraz Island

    Golden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Mason, B201 San Francisco, CA 94123
    390 reviews

    It's been a few years since I last visited the Rock and I need to go back more often. Gayle and I took her mother, nephew, and my son out to Alcatraz Island recently. We took the 10:30 boat out and the 1 PM back, and I think I was still and hour or 2 short. My time was also ...

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    Old Town

    2383 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
    254 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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    Gaslamp Quarter

    417 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
    225 reviews

    This is the downtown and the main tourist district in the city! There are lots of great restaurants to choose from and wander around this historic area and get a feel for the city!

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    Ferry Building Marketplace

    1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
    201 reviews

    If Donald Trump decided to build condos above the marketplace, I'd be the first to move in. I'd survive on a diet of strictly cheese, oysters and gelato, and live happy ever after. I heart you.

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    AT&T Park

    24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107-2134
    206 reviews

    I love this stadium! Gorgeous views of the bay, wonderful food and fans! The hand tossed caramel popcorn on the club level is to die for! Go giants! p.s. Club level is the way to go! The view was great, there were shorter concession lines and fancier food options! My only complaint (minor) with the seats would be the lack ...

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  • 8

    Little Italy District

    1668 Columbia Street, San Diego, CA 92101
    102 reviews

    The Little Italy District is San Diego's only ethnic neighborhood, and a definite place to put on your sightseeing bucket list while visiting San Diego. I loved strolling the area and enjoying the sights, the sounds, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention the wafting smell of the Italian food. One negative note, parking can be problematic, especially ...

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  • 9

    Golden Gate Park

    Stanyan & Haight Streets, San Francisco, CA 94117
    343 reviews

    I have been on for different events. Once for a college reunion and it is a great place to picnic, play sports, and drink adult beverages. Twice for concerts- its so big that its perfect for multiple stages and food venues. And once for a walk. Overall a very impressive park with a lot to do and a lot of ...

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  • 10

    San Diego Zoo

    2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-1646
    466 reviews

    You may think that once you've seen a few zoos, they are all the same. Not so. The San Diego zoo is one of the zoos that if you like animals, you must go to. I loved the hippopotamus exhibit as well as the pandas.

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    Fisherman's Wharf

    The Embarcadero & Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133
    409 reviews

    Fun, famous and lively! Must try some of the seafood when you're down there. So much fresh seafood and chowder options to choose from.

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    Grant Avenue at Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
    184 reviews

    One time on the 30 through Chinatown a guy got on the bus with a gigantic tuna to be cut into sushi. I haven't been back since

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  • 13

    Dolores Park

    501 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
    139 reviews

    The center of the universe for San Francisco's social scene in the Mission. Come here on a Saturday afternoon and you're likely to see sunbathers in Speedos, an impromptu rave, tennis players, families with kids, and, always, a fantastic view.

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  • 14

    Union Square

    250 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1815
    207 reviews

    Union Square is one of the most well known landmarks in the City. and is the center of the downtown shopping district. Parking is available underneath the park, although be careful on the time, there isn't any validation, and it you can rack up charges if your stay exceeds more than a couple hours.

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    Riding a Cable Car

    San Francisco
    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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    1500 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-2913
    115 reviews

    Not for everyone, but... If you have a taste for the alternative, let the shops (and unique people) along Haight Street captivate your imagination! Steampunk apparel at Distractions? Herbs for whatever ails you at The Happy High Herb Shop? Galleries, interesting shoes, Ben and Jerry's, LOTS of great vintage shopping!

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  • 17

    Lombard Street

    Lombard Street and Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
    208 reviews

    Just drove down and it was awesomee! The view of the city and bay are incredible... Definitely worth it. One of San Franciscos most iconic pieces. If you are driving expect a little traffic, I would walk down it to get the full experience as well.

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  • 18


    101 6th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
    42 reviews

    Something here for everyone, with three bars on two levels, Victorian style craft cocktail lounge when you first come in with a new high end addition cocktail bar in the back. When you decide to venture into the mysterious rave cave downstairs in the club level, your brain can't help but dance the night away in the underground house scene ...

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    Ghirardelli Square

    900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA
    96 reviews

    If you are a fan of chocolate then this is your heaven. They have massive amounts of chocolates and a huge variety. I really like how they give you some samples! But my favorite part is the restaurant where you can order all types of deserts with Ghirardelli chocolate incorporated in them. Get the chocolate sunday- best ive ever had

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    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    118 reviews

    Wonderful amusement park, right on the beach. Don't miss the evening concerts on the beach during the summer and special events throughout the year.

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