San Francisco Sights

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Union Square and Chinatown 20


Chinatown 13

Union Square 7

SoMa and Civic Center 18


Civic Center 6

Hayes Valley 1

SoMa 10

Tenderloin 1

On the Waterfront 18


Embarcadero 5

Financial District 4

Fisherman's Wharf 9

Nob Hill and Russian Hill 15


Nob Hill 8

Polk Gulch 1

Russian Hill 6

Pacific Heights and Japantown 14


Japantown 4

Pacific Heights 10

The Haight, the Castro, and Noe Valley 14


Castro 6

Haight 5

Noe Valley 3

North Beach 13

Mission District 12


Dogpatch 1

The Marina and the Presidio 11


Cow Hollow 3

Marina 3

Presidio 5

Golden Gate Park 10

Western Shoreline 6


Sunset District 1

The Richmond 5

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Arts/ Performance Venue 11

Beach–Sight 1

Bridge/ Tunnel 1

Building/ Architectural Site 16

Educational Institution 1

Fountain 1

Garden/ Arboretum 4

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Historic District/ Site 1

Hotel–Sight 5

House/ Mansion/ Villa 12

Industrial Site/ Mill/ Factory 1

Information Center 2

Island 1

Jail 1

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Market/ Bazaar 1

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 3

Military Site 2

Museum/ Gallery 25

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 2

Neighborhood/ Street 7

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 2

Park/ Playground 9

Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 6

Public Art (Mural/ Sculpture/ Statue) 9

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Restaurant–Sight 4

Spa–Sight 1

Store/ Shop/ Mall 9

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 2

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Windmill 1

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War Memorial Opera House

  • Arts/Performance Venue

During San Francisco's Barbary Coast days, operagoers smoked cigars, didn't check their revolvers, and expressed their appreciation with...

Washington Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Once the daytime social heart of Little Italy, this grassy patch has changed character numerous times over the years. The Beats hung...

Wave Organ

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

Conceived by environmental artist Peter Richards and fashioned by master stonecutter George Gonzales, this unusual wave-activated acoustic...

Wedding Houses

  • House/Mansion/Villa

These identical white double-peak homes (joined in the middle) were erected in the late 1870s or early 1880s by dairy rancher James Cudworth...

Wells Fargo Bank History Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

There were no formal banks in San Francisco during the early years of the gold rush, and miners often entrusted their gold dust to saloonkeepers...

Westin St. Francis Hotel

  • Hotel–Sight

Built in 1904 and barely established as the most sumptuous hotel in town before it was ravaged by fire following the 1906 earthquake,...

Whittier Mansion

  • House/Mansion/Villa

With a Spanish-tile roof and scrolled bay windows on all four sides, this is one of the most elegant 19th-century houses in the state.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

  • Arts/Performance Venue

You never know what's going to be on display at this facility in Yerba Buena Gardens, but whether it's an exhibit of Mexican street art...

Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

There's not much south of Market Street that encourages lingering outdoors—or indeed walking at all—with this notable exception.

de Young Museum

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It seems that everyone in town has a strong opinion about the de Young Museum: Some adore its striking copper facade, while others just...