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  • 21

    Ocean Beach

    97 reviews

    Ocean Beach just South of the Cliff House and is where I have emerged from Golden Gate Park after a few historic runs of the Bay to Breakers. You have to cross the Great Highway first and often deal with the fog. The beach is popular with surfers, dog walkers, and regular folks (like me) on a stroll. The water ...

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  • 22

    Twin Peaks

    85 reviews

    The long, winding road that leads up to Twin Peaks can get narrow and a little scary to drive up at night, but the view from the top is amazing. There's a free parking lot if you can snag a spot. You can see the entire city from up here. Beware though, it gets extremely cold up here at night ...

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  • 23

    De Young Museum

    86 reviews

    Housed in a gorgeous modern building (though some critics feel it looks like the superstructure of an aircraft carrier) in Golden Gate Park, it's a perfect stopoff during a ramble through the park. Collections of particular note are from Africa and Oceania, though their modern painting and Meso-American art collections have some strong pieces as well.

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  • 24

    Baker Beach

    82 reviews

    I would like to say that Baker Beach is known for its lack of crowds, that people speak of this place at the edge of San Francisco for its views of the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. I’d love to say that Baker Beach is known for the great hiking trails that surround it. I’d love to say ...

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  • 25

    Ghirardelli Square

    98 reviews

    Definitely a tourist trap, but fun all the same, even if they only reason you go is to take a picture of that beautiful old sign! Since it's by Fisherman's Wharf, you're not losing any time by walking to the place, and if you spend an hour there, you won't be sad you did. You can learn some great history, ...

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  • 26

    Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

    76 reviews

    The peaches were really sweet. And the strawberries looked wonderful. They have a huge selection of fresh produce that I recommend getting

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  • 27

    Lands End Trail

    68 reviews

    I hiked the Land's End Trail on 4th of July. It was foggy and cool. There was plenty of parking at 11 am. I was surprised that there weren't tons of people. Even though the day was not clear, the views were beautiful. There were families and dogs on the trail. Some areas are not for smaller kids due to ...

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  • 28

    San Francisco Zoo

    78 reviews

    The SF Zoo is great - really nice layout, and its location near the beach means there is often a bit of fog that gives it a bit of a mysterious air. An amazing activity with kids. When we were there there were a couple of baby gorillas which was awesome.

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  • 29

    Crissy Field

    62 reviews

    Located on the Bay, Crissy Field is a locals favorite for jogging, power walking, and just kicking back in a place with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands. End to end, it's about a two-mile-long promenade. There also is a small cafe that sells drinks/treats and a set of bathrooms along the way.

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  • 30


    72 reviews

    Just one mile west of Union Square, Japantown is truly a whole different world. It's a shopping, dining, entertainment district that really feels like a bit of Japan transported to California. You can shop for kimonos, housewares (rice cooker!), stationery, and eat at a full range of Japanese restaurants.

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  • 31

    California Palace of the Legion of Honor

    59 reviews

    The Legion of Honor sits on top of a hill and is a stunning museum. The collections range from classical through impressionist. I suggest going on a weekday because it's not as busy. I love going to see their Monet's.

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  • 32

    Alamo Square Park

    62 reviews

    the hardest part is finding legal parking... it's tough. once you've found your parking space, stick around and enjoy the view. i always saw the painted ladies on the beginning credits of full house and in the movie sweet november, so i really wanted to visit this place for such a long time and was so happy when i finally ...

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  • 33

    City Hall

    67 reviews

    San Francisco's City Hall is the centerpiece of the Civic Center, an ensemble out of the City Beautiful movement and the Beaux Arts. It is based on the Church of the Invalides in Paris that holds Napoleons tomb, which in turn goes back to unbuilt sketches by Leonardo da Vinci. The interior central rooms and public spaces are beautiful and ...

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  • 34

    San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

    70 reviews

    Oakland Bay Bridge is our less pretty grand bridge in the Bay. Connecting Oakland with San Francisco, the double-decker bridge is as intimidating as it is awe-inspiring. An eyeful of gray is what you’ll get when you see it up close. Compared to the vibrant Golden Gate Bridge, it certainly seems less appealing. However, this bridge serves its purpose well, ...

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  • 35

    Bourbon and Branch

    62 reviews

    This is a fun speakeasy for strong cocktails. Reservations are required, and this is a great place to take a date, or small group of friends.

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  • 36

    Angel Island State Park

    47 reviews

    A beautiful little island just off the coast of Tiburon in Marin County. The ferry from San Francisco takes 30 mins to an hour. A great place for a day trip, you can also apply for camping spots. Know though that these are hard to come by!

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  • 37

    North Beach

    52 reviews

    A nice quaint "Little Italy" area of San Francisco. This is the place to find decent Italian food. The biggest thing to be aware of is that this place is also were a lot of tourists go. The shop owners know this and tend both cater to the tourists and also have a higher cost of items as well. The ...

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  • 38


    47 reviews

    Redford just turned one year old! Their anniversary party was great - it even had an open bar for an hour or two! I like the layout with the big bar downstairs and the smaller bar upstairs - which is a little more intimate. Try the pizza! It's really good! Washes down a great Moscow Mule really well! Great for ...

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  • 39

    Westfield San Francisco Centre

    55 reviews

    I feel like this mall is always crowded. Doesn't matter what time of day it is. It's a mall, so it's got the same features as most malls. It's more expensive than other malls and I prefer the movie theater across the street at the Metreon. However, I will say that the mall has a pretty good food court and ...

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  • 40

    Yerba Buena Gardens

    46 reviews

    Love eating and people watching on the green lawn with a waterfall in a background. I find this to be an effective way to unwind. Taking a walk around, especially on a more grey day, is another good way to enjoy this oasis.

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