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The Embarcadero

Embarcadero Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94111 (The Embarcadero)
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Ranked #57 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Description: Major street in the port area of San Francisco that has become a bustling area of shops, businesses and sightseeing attractions.
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West Chester, PA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Stopped here twice. Once enjoyed a light meal at the Ferry Terminal Marketplace. The other time walked a few miles while my companion ran along the water. Lots of attractive buildings, sculpture, interesting people watching, interesting shopping, and farmer's market several days a week.

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London, England
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145 reviews 145 reviews
57 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A great way to people watch while enjoying the Californian sun. There are also various bits of public art to enjoy

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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115 reviews 115 reviews
47 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My only real experience with the Embarcadero was driving it. Other reviewers have it right--take some time, wear some good walking shoes or have a bike and just explore. Driving it just didn't give us the opportunity to appreciate it as much. There are so many places to see and little things to check out. Give yourself half a day... More

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Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you are in the mood for t-shirt buying or fast food this is the place to go. More touristy stores and mass market food purveyors per square foot than most anyplace I've been. This is is either really good - maybe for families - or just a place to say "been there, done that". Entertainment is good. There was... More

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San Clemente, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I love San Francisco, particularly the Embarcadero and the Ferry Building that sits right in the middle of this waterfront promenade. Tons to do and particularly special on summer weekends when street vendors are out selling their wares at. Make a point to spend some time in the ferry building for some unique shopping and eating opportunities.

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
46 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Walking the Embarcadero is a nice time seeing the sites of the many piers and marinas. The highlight is the Ferry Building, Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. You can also take the old vintage streetcars to avoid walking and it is really cool to ride those old streetcars. Enjoy at least walking some of the Embarcadero but expect large crowsd... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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430 reviews 430 reviews
104 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We did a walk along the Embarcadero before and after hitting the Ferry Building market on a nice bright, sunny Saturday. We began going towards Fisherman’s Wharf (no, of COURSE we did not go that far!) and turned back at the marina at pier 35 to avoid the tourist hordes. Then we headed back, did the Ferry Building market, then... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This street holds tons of attractions, food and people. We walked the whole length and there is something to see or hear or eat everywhere!

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Shelbyville, KY
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The Embarcadero is a great place to visit, most easily accessible by the mass transit system. A word of caution, this place changes after dark. Myself and two other traveling companions, all of us women, traveled to the city for work. We found ourselves walking I to a much different world after dark. Some days the plaza across from the... More

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San Francisco, CA
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237 reviews 237 reviews
99 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Any stretch of this roadway, from the Giants Ballpark all the way to the train rails that are its end, is worth visiting. There are so many great sights, lots to look at, lots of places to stop and check out, and did I mention the plethora of food and drink places? You'll be spoiled for choice, as the Brits... More

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