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Ranked #1 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
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Category: Bridges; Landmarks

The Golden Gate Bridge is not the oldest suspension bridge nor the newest.  It is no longer the tallest or the highest.  Yet it remains the most visited and photographed bridge in... more »

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Ranked #2 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
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Category: Historic Sites; Islands; Lighthouses; Natural History Museums; National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Cultural

Alcatraz Island, located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, is a must-see attraction for any visitor to the area.  One of the most infamous prisons in the country for housing... more »

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Ranked #3 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Theaters & Stadiums

  ATT Park opened as the home of the San Francisco Giants in 2000.  It has sweeping views of the city and of the Bay.   more »

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Ranked #4 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: Offers hiking and biking along its shores, paddling and sailing on top of its surface, and bird-watching and exploring among... more » Owner description: Offers hiking and biking along its shores, paddling and sailing on top of its surface, and bird-watching and exploring among its wetlands. « less
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Ranked #5 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Art Museums; Museums
An outstanding collection of European art in a gorgeous hilltop museum setting.
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Ranked #6 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: National Parks; Parks; State Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in an urban area, encompasses nearly 81,000 acres.... more » Owner description: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in an urban area, encompasses nearly 81,000 acres. Spanning Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, Golden Gate National Recreation Area also includes areas such as Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, Presidio of San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands. « less
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Ranked #7 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Disney; Museums

The Walt Disney History Museum is a wonderful museum dedicated to the life and times of Walt and his family, business associates, friends, etc.   The family has put on display... more »

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Ranked #8 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
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Category: Parks; Outdoors

The Golden Gate Park is a large urban park configured in a rectangular shape, much like the famous Central Park of New York City.  The park contains gardens, museums and ample... more »

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Ranked #9 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Children's Museums; Science Museums; Museums
Owner description: Experience the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception that's dedicated to the excitement of... more » Owner description: Experience the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception that's dedicated to the excitement of experimentation, the pleasure of discovery, and the power of play. Indulge your curiosity in over 600 exhibits-indoors and out-and explore eye-opening ways to understand the world around you. Don't miss the iconic Tactile Dome, where you can take an interactive excursion in total darkness using your sense of touch as your only guide (be sure to make a reservation in advance). There's also a unique museum store plus two delicious places to eat: the SeaGlass restaurant, which has a stunning Bay view, and the Seismic Joint cafe. Located at Pier 15 along San Francisco's Embarcadero between Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, the Exploratorium is easy to get to by public transportation (the F-Market & Wharves Historic Streetcar stops out front and it's a ten-minute walk from BART or MUNI) plus there's parking nearby. Tickets are available online (recommended) or at the door. « less
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Ranked #10 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Art Museums; Landmarks

The Palace of Fine Arts was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo, which San Francisco hosted.  It was built to have the feel of an overgrown Roman ruin, and they... more »

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Ranked #11 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Art Museums; Museums

The Asian Art Museum is one of the best Asian art museums in the world so plan on spending several hours. The best introduction to the museum is to take one of the many free... more »

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Ranked #12 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Educational Sites; Natural History Museums; Science Museums; Observatories/ Planetariums; Aquariums; Museums
Owner description: The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and... more » Owner description: The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise beneath your feet, and feel the spray of the California coast. Fly to Mars (and beyond the Milky Way!) from the safety of your planetarium seat, take a virtual safari in African Hall, or climb into the canopy of a living rainforest. Face your fears—and an albino alligator—inside the Swamp, and meet scientists as they return from research expeditions around the world. From the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the outer reaches of the Universe, it's all inside the California Academy of Sciences. « less
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Ranked #13 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Neighborhoods; Mountains; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Lookouts; Outdoors
A twenty-minute ride from downtown, this is the best place to catch a San Francisco sunrise.
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Ranked #14 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Parks; Outdoors
A popular park for jogging, picnics, biking, and sightseeing.
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Ranked #15 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: ; Specialty Museums; Museums
This superb collection of mechanical games and toys will entice people of all ages.
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Ranked #16 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Historic Sites; Islands; Military Bases/ Facilities; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Parks; State Parks; Hiking Trails; Outdoors
Owner description: The largest island in San Francisco Bay features magnificent views of Marin County and San Francisco, while offering a wide... more » Owner description: The largest island in San Francisco Bay features magnificent views of Marin County and San Francisco, while offering a wide variety of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts. « less
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Ranked #17 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Historic Sites; Military Bases/ Facilities; National Parks; Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: A military installation from 1776 until 1994, the Presidio saw duty for Spain, Mexico and the U.S.; it is now a national park... more » Owner description: A military installation from 1776 until 1994, the Presidio saw duty for Spain, Mexico and the U.S.; it is now a national park with almost 1,500 acres of hiking and biking trails, beautiful beaches and stunning views. « less
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Ranked #18 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
A museum to San Francisco's beloved cable cars, with a subterranean walkway that lets you see the moving cable.
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Ranked #20 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Historic Sites; Lighthouses; Military Bases/ Facilities; Cultural
Owner description: From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate... more » Owner description: From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period. « less
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Ranked #21 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Movie Theaters; Landmarks

The Castro Movie Theater was built in 1922 by the Nasser borthers, entrepreneurs who started a nickelodeon in 1908 in the  neighborhood. One of the more interesting places to see... more »

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Ranked #22 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Golf Courses; Parks; Outdoors
This park in northwest San Francisco overlooks the Marin Headlands and contains scenic hiking trails.
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Ranked #23 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Owner description: Mile-long Baker Beach lies at the foot of rugged serpentine cliffs west of the Golden Gate. Large waves, undertow and rip... more » Owner description: Mile-long Baker Beach lies at the foot of rugged serpentine cliffs west of the Golden Gate. Large waves, undertow and rip currents make the beach unsafe for swimming, but it provides panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and Lands End. You can fish or check out the shorelife along the beach and rocky shoreline. Restrooms and picnic tables are nearby. « less
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Ranked #24 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
This church is known for its pastor, Cecil Williams, whose sermons never fail to thrill.
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Ranked #25 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Grace Cathedral is home to a community where the best of Episcopal tradition courageously embraces innovation and open-minded... more » Owner description: Grace Cathedral is home to a community where the best of Episcopal tradition courageously embraces innovation and open-minded conversation, where inclusion is expected and people of all faiths are welcomed, where beliefs are put into action and where people are encouraged to seek God and progress on their own spiritual journeys. The cathedral itself, a renowned San Francisco landmark, serves as a magnet, where diverse people gather to worship, celebrate, seek solace, converse and learn.Famed as a destination for visitors from all over the world, the cathedral is known for its striking architecture, stained glass, singular collection of art, and Interfaith AIDS Memorial Chapel. « less
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Ranked #26 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Art Museums; Museums

The DeYoung museum has been a San Francisco institution since it opened in Golden Gate Park in 1895.  The new building, designed by Herzog & de Mueron, opened in 2005.  The... more »

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Ranked #27 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Beaches; Parks; Cultural
Scenic section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a favorite for hikers, bikers and beach-goers.
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Ranked #28 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Educational Sites; National Parks; Specialty Museums; Outdoors
Owner description: Visitors can take a workshop on boatbuilding, board a vessel docked at the Hyde Street Pier or tour the fine collections of... more » Owner description: Visitors can take a workshop on boatbuilding, board a vessel docked at the Hyde Street Pier or tour the fine collections of maritime lore. « less
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Ranked #29 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Known as the "crookedest" street in the world, the steep hills and sharp curves of this one-way road pass by grand Victorian... more » Owner description: Known as the "crookedest" street in the world, the steep hills and sharp curves of this one-way road pass by grand Victorian mansions and attract millions of tourists each year. « less
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Ranked #30 of 317 attractions in San Francisco
Category: Historic Sites; Ships; Specialty Museums; Museums
Historic World War II ship docked at Pier 45.
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