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This article is a collection of suggestions from locals on what to see beyond the normal tourist attractions 

If first time and repeat visitors have time, most locals would suggest they take time to explore the neighborhoods and spend time with the locals, people watching, exploring, eating, hiking or just walking around.

Self Guided tours are the best way to explore the neighborhoods. A list of the areas with a brief description can be found here



Want a guided walk in parts of the city for free ?  http://sfcityguides.org/

Here is a random collection of things to do and see in no particular order:


  • - Strolling the mansions of Pacific Heights, approximately around Broadway and Lyon.
  • - Walking the streets... Chestnut (between Scott and Fillmore). Union (between Steiner and Gough --> terminating at the Octagon House), Fillmore (between Clay and Sutter), Clement (between Arguello and 11th), Irving (between 6th and 24th). The last two Clement and Irving, are sort of mini Chinatowns, but with less tourists and history, but more of a local feel, cheap eats and nick nacks.
  • Fort Funston. Definitely need a car, but fun to watch the hang gliders and a nice trail to Battery Davis.
  • - Check out the Mission District- get breakfast at Tartine, take the mural tour, visit Dolores Park, have some Mexican taqueria food, etc. Plenty of really great restaurants in the area for dinner as well.
  •  - Lands End
  • - Ocean Beach
  • The Dutch Windmills and Buffalo Paddock and arboretum as well as Stow lake  in Golden Gate Park
  •  Grace Cathedral
  •  Angel Island Immigration Station Museum(known as the "Ellis Island of the West")
  •  Fort Point
  •  Baker Beach
  • The world's 2nd largest sundial in Ingleside Terrace 
  • Mt. Davidson
  • The top of Bernal Hill 
  • Walking around the Castro and Noe valley
  • The Wave Organ
  •  The SF jazz center in Hayes valley
  • The SF Opera 
  • The San Francsico Symphony
  • Lafayette Park
  • The steps in San Francsico . Most know about the Filbert steps but there are more.  MisterSF has a lot of info here. http://www.mistersf.com/high/index.ht...  
  • The Castro Theatre.  Want to sing along. http://www.castrotheatre.com/singalon... The Wurlitzer there is amazing 
  • Check out a neighborhood on a Sunday at a Sunday streets event.  Details will be posted here  http://www.sundaystreetssf.com/event-...
  • Plenty of maritime history from the USS pampanito at Fishermans Wharf which is a submarine  and the SF maritime museum. http://www.nps.gov/safr/index.htm
  •  Walking around the village-like commercial districts in most San Francisco neighborhoods can be interesting, too. Most have good places to eat and their own distinct cast of characters. Perhaps walk around and grab something to eat for an hour or two. Some good candidate streets are Clement street, union street, chestnut Street, Haight street, Castro, Valencia, mission, Fillmore, 9th & Irving, 24th & Noe, Polk.
  •  Fillmore StreetHayes ValleyUpper Grant Avenue (yes, it's in North Beach, but while Columbus is a roaring river of tourists, Grant is a quiet trickle). And those are just the ones in easy reach of 90% of visitors!
  • The weekly night-time events at the various museums... Nightlife at the Academy, Friday Night at the deYoung, etc.
  • Outside of Chinatown, plenty of other areas to shop, and explore about the Asian influence on SF. Here. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...
  • Find SF food trucks.  At SOMA street food park or at offthegridsf   Check their website for details  
  • Find SF flea Markets. Treasure island and Alemany on certain days in a month
  • Slide down a concrete slide in Noe Valley and Golden Gate Park.  They're not just for kids!
  • Have a unique SF brunch experience at Sunday's a Drag brunch at the Sir Francis Drake hotel. Features drag queens and transgender performers.
  •  Find the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial hidden behind the waterfalls at Yerba Buena Gardens.
  • Explore the hidden green spaces and gardens in San Francisco. 
  • Pay homage to the 26" lifesize statue of Yoda outside LucasFilms in the Presidio.