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    Alcatraz Island

    Golden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Mason, B201 San Francisco, CA 94123
    Ranked #2 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4.5
    373 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...

    Popular withHistoryLocalFamilies
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    Golden Gate Bridge

    Lincoln Boulevard & Doyle Drive, San Francisco, California 94129, United States
    Ranked #1 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4.5
    820 reviews

    When I was six, my mom and I left Hawaii for San Francisco to be stationed in the Presidio (at the time, an active Army base). I remember that I...

    Popular withOutdoorLocalHistory
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    Sutro Baths

    Ranked #43 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4.5
    36 reviews

    Lovely views, interesting history and just a fun place to explore. Head through the cave for stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Popular withHistoryOutdoorLocal
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    Musee Mecanique

    Taylor Street and Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
    Ranked #47 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4.5
    36 reviews

    I was pleasantly surprised. It is a museum of curious mechanical vending machines. The kids were enthralled.

    Popular withHistoryFamiliesBudget
  • 5

    Coit Tower

    1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United States
    Ranked #16 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4
    110 reviews

    From the bottom to the top, Coit Tower is a historically beautiful sight with a magnificent view of the San Francisco Bay. Best way to experience it is to walk...

    Popular withHistoryFamiliesLocal
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    Palace of Fine Arts

    3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
    Ranked #11 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4.5
    137 reviews

    I didn't appreciate the Palace of Fine Arts when I was a kid. Much like I expected the Golden Gate Bridge to be made of solid gold (why wouldn't it...

    Popular withFamiliesHistoryLocal
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    Chinatown

    Grant Avenue at Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
    Ranked #13 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4
    164 reviews

    Over the years, I have had many different and enjoyable Chinatown experiences. The first one was as a teenager when my Iowa family visited San Francisco on vacation. I specifically...

    Popular withLocalHistoryFoodies
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    Fort Point National Historic Site

    Long Avenue and Marine Drive, San Francisco, CA 94129
    Ranked #59 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4.5
    27 reviews

    Fort Point is located at the southern side of the Golden Gate. This fort was completed just before the American Civil War, to defend San Francisco Bay against hostile warships....

    Popular withHistoryFamiliesLocal
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    Asian Art Museum

    200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
    Ranked #44 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4.5
    33 reviews

    For a long time, Asian art really didn't interest me. It wasn't until I came here alone on my birthday once—my daytime gift to myself—for the Shanghai exhibit did I...

    Popular withHistoryDesignLocal
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    Cable Car Museum

    1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
    Ranked #80 overall in San Francisco things to do
    4.5
    18 reviews

    Be an urban explorer and hike up through Chinatown up Nob Hill to this FREE museum. I think seeing the inner workings of the cable car system is fascinating, but...

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