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San Francisco Travel Guide

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Want to learn more about San Francisco? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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Creating Golden Gate Park

In the 1860s, San Francisco was booming. The California gold rush and the transcontinental railroad had swelled the city's population, and San...

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The Presidio with Kids

If you're in town with children (and you have a car), the sprawling, bayside Presidio offers enough kid-friendly diversions for one very full...

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Alcatraz as Native Land

In the 1960s Native Americans attempted to reclaim Alcatraz, citing an 1868 treaty that granted Native Americans any surplus federal land. Their...

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San Francisco's Hippie History

The eternal lure for twentysomethings, cheap rent, first helped spawn an indelible part of SF's history and public image. In the early 1960s...

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San Francisco Today

The quintessential boomtown, San Francisco has been alternately riding high and crashing since the gold rush. Those bearish during the heady...

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Top Reasons to Go to San Francisco

Foodie Heaven: Top restaurants, hip ethnic favorites, farmers markets, food trucks. Distinctive Neighborhoods: Buzzing, walkable streets...

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San Francisco in the Movies

With its spectacular cityscape, atmospheric fog, and a camera-ready iconic bridge, it's little wonder that San Francisco has been the setting...

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The Parrots of Telegraph Hill

While on Telegraph Hill, you might be startled by a chorus of piercing squawks and a rushing sound of wings. No, you're not about to have a...

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The Evolution of Gay San Francisco

San Francisco's gay community has been a part of the city since its earliest days. As a port city and a major hub during the 19th-century gold...

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Top Walking Tours of San Francisco

Top Walking Tours in San Francisco All About Chinatown. A delightful "behind-the-scenes" look at the neighborhood, owner Linda Lee and her...

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San Francisco with Kids

On the Move Cable Cars. This one's a no-brainer. But don't miss the Cable Car Terminus at Powell and Market streets, where conductors push...

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What the Locals Do in San Francisco

Local for a Day Want to get a slice of local life by just hanging out and skipping the sightseeing? These experiences will let you pretend...

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Free and Almost Free Things to Do in San Francisco

Free and Almost Free Despite—or perhaps because of—the astronomical cost of living here, San Francisco offers loads of free diversions. Here...

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A Waterfront Walking Tour of Fisherman's Wharf

FM Quint Deck One of the great pleasures of San Francisco is a stroll along the bay, with its briny scent, the cry of the gulls, and boats...

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A Secret Society: Chinatown Tongs

If you take it from Hollywood, Chinese tongs (secretive fraternal associations) rank right up there with the Italian Mafia and the Japanese...

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Unusual Attractions in San Francisco

Offbeat San Francisco Looking for an unusual San Francisco experience that'll give you bragging rights? Try one of these quirky choices—even...

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Top Attractions in San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco's signature International Orange entryway is the city's majestic background, and about 10 million people a...

Restaurants

Eating with Kids in San Francisco

Kids can be fussy eaters, and parents can be, too. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent options in the city that will satisfy both. ...

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San Francisco's Best Coffee Spots

Blue Bottle Coffee. North Beach may have the highest coffee profile, but fantastic brews can be found all over town. Tear yourself away from...

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San Francisco Sweets

Chinatown Chinatown's Eastern Bakery ( 720 Grant Ave., near Sacramento St. 415 /433–7973 ) is the best-known outpost for traditional...

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Best Bets in the Ferry Building

The Ferry Building Marketplace ( 1 Ferry Bldg., Embarcadero ) is located at the foot of Market Street on the Embarcadero, with a magnetic...

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Top 3 Espresso Spots in San Francisco's North Beach

Caffè Trieste. The Giotta family celebrates the art of a good espresso as well as a good tune at Caffè Trieste. Every Saturday from 2 pm to...

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San Franicsco's Dim Sum and Dumplings

The popular Cantonese midday custom of going out for dim sum—small dishes, both savory and sweet, hot and cold—can be explored in Chinatown...

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San Francisco's Best Sandwiches

There’s been a revival of the humble sandwich in the past couple of years. Chef Dennis Leary of Canteen, for example, who assembles a Russian...

Hotels

Lodging Alternatives in San Francisco

Vacation Rentals If you want an alternative to a hotel—one that gives a more authentically San Francisco experience (or at least a slightly...

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A Concierge's Top Tips

Concierges can be the Great Finessers of your trip: finding hard-to-get reservations or tickets, helping with business matters, and generally...

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Where to Stay in SF with Kids

With some luck and a little planning, the family trip to San Francisco will be something you and your kids will always remember... in a good...

Nightlife

Gay and Lesbian Nightlife in San Francisco

In the days before the gay liberation movement, bars were more than mere watering holes—they also served as community centers where members...

Shopping

Antique Shopping in San Francisco

Whether hunting for Japanese porcelain or American art-deco lamps, serious antiques hounds could spend days poking around San Francisco. But...

Shopping

San Francisco's Chocolate Shops

The Maya considered chocolate sacred, and it’s believed that they sometimes buried their dead with pots of the elixir to nourish them in the...

Sights

The Golden Gate Bridge

Spanning the Golden Gate—the mouth of the San Francisco Bay, after which the bridge was named—between San Francisco and pastoral Marin County...

Sports & Activities

Going to a San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

The size of AT&T Park hits you immediately—the field, McCovey Cove, and the Lefty O'Doul drawbridge all look like miniature models. At only...

Performing Arts

Arts and Culture Beyond Downtown San Francisco

Although most folks from outlying areas drive into San Francisco to enjoy the performing arts, there are plenty of reasons to head out of...

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