San Francisco Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • rickh57
    Woodburn, OR367 contributions
    This was the location that my daughter and son-in-law selected for their wedding.

    The weather and venue were perfect.

    The grounds are beautiful, well worth a visit.
    Written September 12, 2022
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  • Les Giles
    6 contributions
    Was an excellent exhibit and very informative especially Walt's family photos and history. There was also a free bus going back into town.
    Written June 26, 2022
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  • Plains E
    3 contributions
    You won't need to read a review to determine if this spot is worth visiting. Just look at the pictures. If you plan to walk any distance, keep in mind that some of the hills are very steep and may be overwhelming if you are not in good physical shape. Do not bother parking in the Visitor Center lot if it looks crowded. There are plenty of other spaces on the street or across the street or futher up the street.
    Written September 28, 2022
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  • scott r
    Silver Spring, MD612 contributions
    Impressive structure with great views and convenient to Lands End. There's some interesting art here, interspersed with I'll call avant garde period clothing 'tnterpretations' of the rooms in which they are displayed (a seperate exhibit of this artist's work, but I did not pay extra $$ to see). An entire over the top period room set piece is something to see. It's all easily navigable in under two hours, with a good variety of art - the main de Young collection is better, but this is certainly interesting. Not crowded, restful and there is a cafe.
    Written October 2, 2022
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  • DiverM
    Jupiter, FL521 contributions
    I enjoyed a quick visit her for about 15 minutes. It’s free but the hours were only about 10-4. You can get a pass to ride cable cars all day for $13 which beats $8 per ride.
    Written September 23, 2022
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  • Colleen H.
    Vallejo, CA111 contributions
    What a great way to spend the day! Just a 12 minute ferry ride from Tiberon. We hiked Perimeter Road around the island, about 5 miles. It's paved and mostly flat with panoramic views of the entire San Francisco Bay. We brought our binoculars and took our time. We saw some deer, hawks, harbor seals, lots of birds, and a cayote. There are many benches and picnic tables, water taps, and some restrooms along this road. Pack a lunch, there are no concessions. At one point, my boyfriend hiked a trail up to the peak and we met back up at the Immigration Station. The island has a lot of history we didn't know about. We would like to go back and explore some of the places we didn't get to explore today.
    Written July 20, 2022
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  • Natalie W
    6 contributions
    Really pretty staircase. Slightly out of the way however is worth the visit. Each step is like a work of art - so much detail!
    Written July 18, 2022
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  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, AZ1,625 contributions
    We did the steps actually after the Coit Tower as we headed towards the water. These steps are great as you get to see old school houses and gardens, and there are even areas where you wouldn't believe you are in the middle of a city. These steps are not for everyone as you need to be able to take them in pretty rapid succession, although there are some areas to take breaks.
    Written August 25, 2022
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  • Vicky W
    Brewster, MA12 contributions
    Super fun tour! Well worth the $20, you get at least that in beer plus great insight on the beer making process and brewery history. Tour guide Sandy was very personable and articulate. Such a fun way to spend an afternoon!!
    Written October 2, 2022
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  • Balasubramanian R
    Chennai (Madras), India607 contributions
    Fort Point is situated on the southern side of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a masonry seacoast fortification.
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • Martyherbs
    Grimsby, UK59 contributions
    great little find, as soon as you go inside you will be amazed how the crew lived and operated all those years ago, the smells, things to touch, sounds and feelings as you crawl through hatches and tight areas really send your senses wild, it felt very close and oppressive but we loved it.
    Written April 3, 2022
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  • Ruhungrytientien
    San Francisco, CA25 contributions
    It’s by accident that I discovered this hidden garden and steps in the sunset section of San Francisco. It’s only 2 blocks away from the famous 16 ST tile steps by the Grand view Park. The path up is the narrow and about 160 steps to the top, I was amazed by the pattern, details of the tiles. And at the bottom left by the entrance , you have cute color bench which matched the overall steps pattern. It’s a amazing sights. With the gardens on both sides, I felt like a little kid wander in the Alice wonderland. You need to see this one for your self. It simply breath taking.

    You bus take Muni bus 28 and N train to get here. Remember look for Grand view park & 16th street tile steps. And hidden garden is just 2 blocks north.

    ruhungrytientien
    Written December 4, 2021
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  • Bidule05
    France1,398 contributions
    We walked in the famous Balmy alley in Mission district.
    We were amazed by the wonderful and colourful murals, which allow talented artists to express themselves regarding over human rights and political abuses in Central America.
    Balmy alley is the best place to spot the murals in Misssion district!!!
    Written May 11, 2021
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  • Erick Tseng
    San Francisco, CA502 contributions
    A wonderful way to get exercise and explore the beautiful coastline of Northern California. The California coastal Trail winds up and down the oceanside shore and takes you through some of the most stunning vistas in the country, perhaps the world. At times, you'll feel like you're on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, staring out at the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean.

    And now, especially during Covid, this is a fantastic way to get outside in a safe, socially distanced way.
    Written March 6, 2021
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  • David L
    1 contribution
    The current production “INDECENT” at the San Francisco Playhouse, is a brilliantly staged and acted, a moving and flawless, evening in world class theater. Not to be missed.
    Written October 2, 2022
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