Off Beaten Path Attractions in San Francisco

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  • Not interested in joining the throngs of tourists down on Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf? Think the Golden Gate Bridge has been done to death? Well, you're in luck. There are some hidden gems in San Francisco still waiting to be discovered by the millions of visitors that flock to the city every year.

    Sam Spade fans know that many a mystery was set in San Francisco. Those with a taste for the dramatic can take the Dashiell Hammett walking tour and follow in the footsteps of the famous hard-boiled detective. Those with more artistic leanings can't miss a trip to the Mission District (where the burritos are a local staple), to see the beautiful cultural murals.

    If you want to take in some more of the scenery, walk along the California Coastal Trail, from the pedestrian path under the Golden Gate Bridge near Fort Point. Locals take their dogs to the dog park at Fort Funston, where you can enjoy the fresh sea air and a nice view of the ocean. Japantown isn't as famous as Chinatown but it's still filled with great restaurants and lovely shops. Music lovers will not want to miss services at the St. John Coltrane Church which is so off the beaten path that you might be able to impress your local friends!

    Fort Funston

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    Skyline Blvd.

    Clifftop vantage over the Pacific... read more

    Mission District

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    Mission Street

    Interesting Neighborhood... read more

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    Ocean Beach

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    Great Highway

    San Francisco's largest... read more


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    Webster and Post Streets

    The customs and culture of Japan in San Francisco...
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    Dashiell Hammett Walking Tour

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    100 Larkin Street

    Film Noir come to life... read more

    Saint John Coltrane Church

    1286 Fillmore Street

    Guiding Souls Back to God... read more

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    City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

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    261 Columbus Ave.
    At Broadway

    Beat-era reading... read more

    Fort Point National Historic Site

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    Fort Point NHS Long Avenue and Presidio of San Francisco

    Golden Gate stronghold... read more

    The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

    Historical tour with an emphasis on the LGBT community... read more

    Wave Organ

    1 Yacht Road

    Animated Musical Artwork... read more
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