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  • 1

    Golden Gate Bridge

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

    Back when my youngest step-daughter was in elementary school, her best friend's Father worked as a Toll Taker, and he would regale us with hard-to-believe stories of what he saw and heard as various patrons came through the lanes. I was also surprised on how well that job paid and that unlike my white collar job, when his shift was ...

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  • 2

    Alcatraz Island

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

    If I'm going to visit a different city, then I'm going to do it right... the touristy way. Three of us took the ferry over to Alcatraz Island for the tour, and boy, was it interesting and eerie! I hadn't actually watched "The Rock" but had heard many stories about Alcatraz, you know, being secluded and housed dangerous criminals and ...

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  • 3

    Golden Gate Park

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

    The largest and best known park in San Francisco is the 1,017 acre (411 ha) Golden Gate Park. Its history goes back to 1870 when the site was an area of wild sand dunes. At the time, the area, known as 'outside lands', was well outside the city's developed limits.

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  • 4

    Fisherman's Wharf

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

    San Francisco is known for its foggy days, and so I would go to Fisherman's Wharf on a sunny day. Fisherman's wharf of cousre is down on the water with tons of great restaurants serving fresh seafood.

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  • 5

    AT&T Park

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

    ATT Park is the best park in Major League Baseball. The consession stands are mini five star restaurants. The view will distract you from the game (like that's a bad thing).

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  • 6

    Ferry Building Marketplace

    1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
    201 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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  • 7

    Riding a Cable Car

    San Francisco
    201 reviews

    A must do activity in San Francisco although you need to push your way to the front of the queue in order to be able to hang onto the outside.

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  • 8

    Lombard Street

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

    Lombard St. or crooked street as some refer to it as, is another popular attraction at SF. It is pretty fun to drive down the street as it is very windy. It is also one, if not the only, street in SF that is covered in cobblestones. You can also get nice views of the city from here as well.

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  • 9

    Union Square

    250 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-1815
    207 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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  • 10

    Pier 39

    Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133
    231 reviews

    Pier is a main tourist attraction with a big draw. Its host to may restaurants and shops. Keep an eye out for the Sea lions and a nice view of the bay and Alcatraz.

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  • 11

    Dolores Park

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

    One of the coolest places to hang in SF on a sunny day. Great views from the top of the hill. Good place to picnic or throw the frisbee. Also got a great playground for the kids. If you are lucky enough to show up when some sort of celebration/demonstration is going on here (as happens a lot) you are ...

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  • 12

    Palace of Fine Arts

    3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
    144 reviews

    This is an easy walk and well worth it. Wander all the way around the lake and look for turtles and all the beautiful birds. Be sure to go under the rotunda.

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  • 13


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

    A neighborhood near the tourist's 'ground zero' at Union Square, Chinatown is a place where locals don't tend to go. Not as egregious a crime against authenticity and good taste as Fisherman's Wharf, SF's Chinatown is still full of hokey tourist crap and mediocre Chinese eateries (there are good ones there too, of course, but good luck finding them at ...

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  • 14

    California Academy Of Sciences

    55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
    141 reviews

    Want to entertain the kids for a whole morning? Take them here. It has a bit of everything...aquarium, stuffed animals, planetarium and even a rainforest glasshouse. You walk right in and you feel you're in the equator. The air is heavy. The kids will enjoy the butterflies.

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  • 15

    Coit Tower

    1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United States
    120 reviews

    I wasn't able to go up the tower & see the murals as they were closed for restoration. The view from up top must be great though.

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  • 16

    Japanese Tea Garden

    72 Tea Garden Drive & Martin Luther King Jr Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
    118 reviews

    A little pricy to get in, but its a cool date spot on a cold day. Enjoy all types of tea while sitting in the shade next to some very cool views. The half circle stairs is worth walking over.

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  • 17

    SF MoMA

    151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-3107
    100 reviews

    SF's premiere modern art museum, both the collections here and the cool modern building that houses them are top-notch. Everyone will have a different favorite, but their collection of early modernist painting is particularly fantastic, with great pieces from Rothko, Kahlo and Paul Klee.

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  • 18


    Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
    98 reviews

    If you're anything like me and wildly excited by hands-on-applications of SCIENCE then you definitely want to check out the Exploratorium. The exhibits are rotated frequently so no trip is the same. The tactile dome is an adventure in the dark (IE the place to go and make-out if you've a partner in crime).

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  • 19

    The Embarcadero

    1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA, United States
    97 reviews

    The Embarcadero is home to some of the city's best shops, restaurants, and landmarks. If you are looking for a beautiful place to go for a jog or bike ride this is the place!

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  • 20

    Twin Peaks

    85 reviews

    The best view of the Bay Area... great for photos of any kind! Don't forget your sweater. Often perfect light in the late afternoon as long as there is not fog.

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