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    Golden Gate Bridge

    4.5
    849 reviews

    The bridge is iconic and is a must see. Great views of the bridge from Baker Beach. You can also ride a bike across but beware with the incline, wind and and fog it can be a cold and challenging ride. Once across you can ride to Sausalito and take a ferry back to the city.

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    Golden Gate Park

    4.5
    362 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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    Haight-Ashbury

    4
    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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  • 4

    Sutro Baths

    4.5
    39 reviews

    I learned just a little while ago that a dear family friend of ours (whom has since passed) was the great-granddaughter of Adolf Sutro, the man who commissioned these baths to be made. My grandfather used to swim in them, and my mother at a tender young age watched as they burned during a short hike in the city one ...

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    Coit Tower

    4
    122 reviews

    Love the views from this place. It was extremely crowded when we went and the parking lot isn't huge. But it is worth getting out and taking pictures of downtown from here.

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    Dolores Park

    4.5
    142 reviews

    Summer days are best whiled away on a beach towel here, along with just about everyone else in San Francisco. Music, beach volleyball and venders selling weed brownies abound, providing ample entertainment (and snacks) for a day-long stint of doing next to nothing.

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  • 7

    Lombard Street

    4
    213 reviews

    Just awesome! We were driving down this famous sight with our rental car and it was so much fun! It's also worth walking down (or up) :)

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    Alcatraz Island

    4.5
    389 reviews

    What visit to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to Alcatraz? The history of Alcatraz is particularly unique and interesting, and you can get a nice tour once you're there. But what makes it great for me is the view, the ride over and most importantly the breathtaking experience of being on this unique historic island.

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    Lands End Trail

    4.5
    68 reviews

    It's hands down the wildest trail that courses through the terrain along the City's western edge. Rugged landscapes emerging from the Cityscape, you'll feel you've been transported far from San Francisco.

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  • 10

    Lyon Street Steps

    4.5
    6 reviews

    Stop and stare at the panoramic view of ocean, bridge, and little sail boats that'll seem like floating toys. This famous stair case is set up in the Presidio, one of the highest hilltops in San Fran and filled with incredible mansion homes. The steep staircase and garden are a popular spot for joggers to break a quick sweat - ...

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  • 11

    City Lights Bookstore

    4.5
    30 reviews

    If you are interested in the beat generation or/and if you love books you can't miss this iconic independent bookstore. They are also publishers and they have three floors filled with tons of interesting stuff. The first floor has a nice selection of poetry and there a few chairs around for you to seat and read off the shelves.

    Popular withLocalHistoryBackpackers
  • 12

    Ocean Beach

    4
    97 reviews

    Nice spot to hang out with snores and an acoustic guitar. Warning - the Pacific is cold and don't test the park police.

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  • 13

    That's It Market

    4.5
    2 reviews

    While That's It Market became more famous thanks to Anthony Bourdain's consumption of their massive Cubana torta, it's been a staple for big sandwiches in the Mission long before. Rarely crowded, this liquor store and deli serves big tortas, quesadillas with handmade tortillas (pressed and grilled in front of you), and Middle Eastern sandwiches and plates (not sure why). A ...

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  • 14

    Union Square

    4
    214 reviews

    This was a nice stop in touring the city. There a ton of shops in this vicinity. Our favorite was an art gallery that has one of our favorite artists in it.

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  • 15

    Angel Island State Park

    4.5
    47 reviews

    Take the day trip out here on the ferry. They leave mid-morning and cruise you right over. Bring walking shoes, something tasty to drink, and a picnic, and hike around to the side of the island facing the city. You will be rewarded with the most spectacular views of downtown, and there are a couple little beaches where you can ...

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  • 16

    Fisherman's Wharf

    4
    410 reviews

    I love spending the day on the Wharf. Cute shops, lots of food, fresh fish, and the people watching is spectacular! Make sure to wear your walking shoes. You can pick up all of your souvenirs here!

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    Baker Beach

    4.5
    82 reviews

    The hiking en route to the beach is almost as good as the beach. Almost. Baker Beach is a great spot to draw in the sand, listen to the Pacific, and bask under the glow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fantastic view and excellent swimming

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  • 18

    Pier 39

    4
    238 reviews

    I'm one of the few locals in the city still in love with Pier 39. Maybe it's because of my memories of being here as a child, or the fact that I (aside from my time spent here) grew up in Hawaii where tourists were an everyday occurrence. Regardless, Pier 39 still holds great fascination for me. The shops seem ...

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  • 19

    Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point

    4.5
    26 reviews

    Walk across the Golden Gate next time your in San Francisco. It's a little under 2 miles one way but it has gorgeous views of the city and sealife (I saw dolphins and sea lions playing under the bridge).

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  • 20

    Fort Funston

    4.5
    26 reviews

    Ah, Fort Funston. Fort Funston is a short hop off off skyline drive and a nice stop along the 49 mile scenic route around San Francisco. At For Funston you can expect fantastic views of the Pacific and the faces of cliffs, dogs running wild, and guys on hang gliders and speed parachutes.

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