Things to do in San Francisco

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  • 1

    Golden Gate Bridge

    842 reviews

    One of the most beautiful and internationally recognized landmark attractions in the world. Walk or bike across for fun, or drive across out of necessity.

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  • 2

    Alcatraz Island

    389 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

    Riding a Cable Car

    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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  • 4

    Pier 39

    233 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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  • 5

    Lombard Street

    208 reviews

    It's a street! Ok it's a super crooked street and maybe the world's crookedest street (still not verified I don't think) but it's still a street. Hint: If you want a good picture of this street without all the people in it, wait till the sun goes down and everybody will leave.

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  • 6

    Union Square

    208 reviews

    Still on my bucket list to ice skate in Union Square but nonetheless it is a great spot for walking, shopping & sightseeing year long. Close to the ferry building and fisherman's wharf, it's a notable/iconic location in San Francisco with views of the water. Perks: great for people watching!

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  • 7

    Palace of Fine Arts

    145 reviews

    This neo-classical masterpiece makes for a lovely stroll. There are swans in the pond & atmosphere is quite idyllic.

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  • 8

    Japanese Tea Garden

    118 reviews

    Small but enchanting garden - an easy add on after a visit to the de Young or the Cal Academy. The koi pond is stunning.

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  • 9

    Coit Tower

    121 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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  • 10

    SF MoMA

    100 reviews

    There are some phenomenal pieces on display from unknown, new artists. If you are going expecting to see a lot of the modern "classics" or more established, big name artists, you'll be disappointed in the SFMOMA. If you want to gain exposure to new and exciting artists, this is the place to do it. The layout of this museum is ...

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  • 11


    115 reviews

    The haight has a charm that ive seen nowhere in the country not even new york. Its always packed full of people on the streets. The boutiques and shops along haight street are one of a kind especially

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  • 12

    De Young Museum

    85 reviews

    Dede's toy. You'd think with all the $$$ she's given the deYoung and all the fundraisers they hold that admission would be minimal. I had no particular affinity for the previous building but the current one's exterior looks more like a warehouse with a guard tower than a home for priceless art. If you browse an exhibit, keep an eye ...

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  • 13

    Ghirardelli Square

    96 reviews

    If you like chocolate, Ghirardelli is another acronym for chocolate heaven! If you're looking for the chocolate factory, this is the place for you! One part chocolate shop and one part ice cream shop, Ghirardelli will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth one way or another. Lots of chocolate varieties to choose from and numerous ice cream choices from the menu. ...

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  • 14

    California Palace of the Legion of Honor

    56 reviews

    My favorite of SF museums, the Legion of Honor is perched prominently on a hill overlooking the bay and Golden Gate Bridge, and only a short walk from a mini-forest of eucalyptus trees. The regal outside of the building is adored with Greek-like columns, and inside is impressive too, hosting a huge Rodin collection and lots of rotating works from ...

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  • 15

    Yerba Buena Gardens

    46 reviews

    I have come here many of times to just sit and relax between classes. The cool breeze comes through this park and it is a great place to people watch, eat your lunch or like many others do, take a nap.

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  • 16

    Asian Art Museum

    35 reviews

    SF's premiere Asian art museum, and one of the top Asian art museums in the world, it's easily reached from the UN/Civic Center BART stop. Their South- and South-East Asian sculpture collection is fantastic, as is their Himalayan art collection. The surrounding Tenderloin neighborhood can be a bit dodgy, so if you're squeamish, consider BARTing it rather than walking up ...

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  • 17

    Fort Point National Historic Site

    28 reviews

    One of the most historical landmarks of SF, Fort Point is a must visit for both tourists and locals alike. I remember taking field trips here as a child. and was always fascinated by its history. Head here for some of the most incredible and picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  • 18

    The Walt Disney Family Museum

    24 reviews

    Located in the Presidio, this is a must see for anyone who loves Disney. You learn about Walt Disney's life, plus get a look at his work on several films, many of which have become classics. One of my favorite parts of the museum is a mini replica of the Disneyland park. There are also quarterly art installments that can ...

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  • 19

    Sundance Kabuki Cinema

    24 reviews

    get seats ahead of time, and drink while you watch the movie. WHY hasn't every theater in america taken on this model?

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  • 20

    Market Street

    28 reviews

    Not sure this merits its own entry, but Market Street is well worth doing on a street car. Bisects the city on a diagonal. Touristy and a bit theatrical, but with a certain kind of charm.

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