San Francisco Attractions



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  • AT&T Park
  • Convention center
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • SFO Airport
  • Transamerica Pyramid
  • Union Square
  • Boredom doesn't exist in San Francisco. Endless activities indoors, outdoors, and across both bridges can make it overwhelming when trying to choose the best things to do. While the weather in Northern California is mild compared to most of the country, summers are foggy and cool here in the city, so no matter what you decide to do, always bring an extra layer. You've been warned!

    A trip to San Francisco wouldn't be complete without such outdoor adventures as walking or cycling the Golden Gate Bridge or dabbling in the many attractions of Golden Gate Park. The park is home to beautiful gardens like those hosted at the Strybing Arboretum or the Conservatory of Flowers. Take a stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden before heading indoors and viewing the incredible art on display at the de Young Museum or California Academy of Sciences. Sports fans will not want to miss a Giants game at AT&T Park, one of the best ballparks in the country.

    If you're traveling with kids or just the young at heart, you will not want to miss the hands-on science experiments at the incomparable Exploratorium located by the Presidio and Fisherman's Wharf. It's worth the ferry trip over to Alcatraz; the self-guided audio tour will interest any cynic, the place is absolutely creepy! Shoppers will love the chintzy treasures stocked in the bright and colorful Chinatown shops. Those with big pocketbooks or a love of window shopping will enjoy high-end shopping in Union Square, just a few blocks away.

    San Francisco is home to numerous world-class museums. The MOMA, de Young, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Academy of Sciences are all stellar and demanding of an afternoon. For a different take, visit the museums during the one night they stay open late. Some actually turn into mild parties with live music and booze.

    The sweeping views from Coit Tower are sublime, take the Filbert Street steps for a possible glimpse of the famous parrots of Telegraph Hill. On the opposite side of town, Baker Beach is the prettiest city beach with a stunning view of the Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge, and massive cargo ships entering and exiting the Bay. Dolphin-sightings possible. A stroll in the mural-filled, foodie-haven Mission district is a must to really experience the raw and true San Francisco.

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    Golden Gate Bridge

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    Lincoln Blvd & Hwy 1
    Hwy. 101 N

    An architectural icon capping off the San Francisco Bay... read more

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    Golden Gate Park

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    Stanyan & Fulton Sts
    (Great Highway at Fulton St)

    1,000+ acres of green retreat in the heart of the city... read more

    Alcatraz Island

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    Embarcadero and Powell St
    (Pier 39)

    Legendarily inescapable prison worth the tourist crowds... read more

    de Young Museum

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    50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
    (Golden Gate Park)

    Cultural Destination... read more

    Mission District

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    Mission Street

    Interesting Neighborhood... read more

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    Chinatown

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    Bush St. and Kearny St.

    North America's oldest... read more

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    AT&T Park - Home of the Giants

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    24 Willie Mays Plaza

    Home of the Giants... read more

    Baker Beach

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    Lincoln Blvd.
    At Lincoln Boulevard

    Presidio beach with views of the Golden Gate Bridge... read more

    Coit Tower

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    1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard
    Telegraph Hill

    Towering view on top of Telegraph Hill... read more

    California Academy of Sciences

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    55 Music Concourse Drive
    Golden Gate Park

    Wonders of the natural world in an architectural marvel... read more

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    Ocean Beach

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    Great Highway

    San Francisco's largest... read more

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    Vesuvio

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    255 Columbus Ave
    At Jack Kerouac Alley

    Where the Beats Meet... read more

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    California Palace of the Legion of Honor

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    Lincoln Park
    34th Avenue & Clement Street

    Beautiful museum, grand location... read more

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    Ferry Building Marketplace & Farmer's Market

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    Ferry Building Marketplace
    One Ferry Building

    Waterfront Allure, foodie delight, transportation hub... read more

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    The Exploratorium

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    3601 Lyon Street
    In the Palace of Fine Arts (at Marina Blvd.)

    Amazing Science museum, fun for kids ages 4 to 84...
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    City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

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    261 Columbus Ave.
    At Broadway

    Beat-era reading... read more

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    San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design

    550 Sutter St

    The object of Craft + Design is Art... read more

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    Beach Chalet

    1000 Great Highway@Ocean Beach

    Golden Gate Park icon... read more

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    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    701 Mission Street
    At 3rd Street

    Features new and established artists... read more

    Lombard Street

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    Between Hyde & Leavenworth streets
    Above Ghirardelli Square

    World's crookedest street!... read more
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