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Name Category Location
 
1360 Montgomery Street
In the 1947 film Dark Passage Humphrey Bogart...
Architectural Sites North Beach
 
Maestrapeace mural
The towering mural that seems to enclose the...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Mission District
 
Alta Plaza Park
Golden Gate Park's longtime superintendent, John...
Parks Pacific Heights
 
American Conservatory Theater
Celebrated local architects Bliss and Faville,...
Arts / Performance Venues Union Square
 
Angel Island
For an outdoorsy adventure, consider a day at...
Parks, Islands On the Waterfront
 
Axford House
This mauve house was built in 1877 by William...
Houses / Mansions Noe Valley
 
Beat Museum
This two-level museum is likely to see an...
Museums / Galleries North Beach
 
Broadway and Webster Street estates
Broadway uptown, unlike its garish North Beach...
Architectural Sites Pacific Heights
 
Buena Vista Park
If you can manage the steep climb, this...
Parks Haight
 
California Historical Society
If you're not a history buff, the CHS might seem...
Libraries SoMa
 
Cartoon Art Museum
Krazy Kat, Zippy the Pinhead, Batman, and other...
Museums / Galleries SoMa
 
Chinese Culture Center
Chiefly a place for the community to gather for...
Arts / Performance Venues Chinatown
 
Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Learning Center
The displays at this light-filled gallery...
Museums / Galleries Chinatown
 
Chinese Six Companies
Once the White House of Chinatown, this striking...
Architectural Sites Chinatown
 
City Hall
This imposing 1915 structure with its massive...
Government Buildings Civic Center
 
Clarke's Mansion
Built for attorney Alfred "Nobby" Clarke, this...
Houses / Mansions Castro
 
Cliff House
A meal at the Cliff House isn't just about the...
Restaurants Western Shoreline
 
Creativity Explored
Joyous, if chaotic, creativity pervades the...
Educational Institutions Mission District
 
Fairmont San Francisco
The hotel's dazzling opening was delayed a...
Hotels Nob Hill
 
Feusier House
Octagonal houses were once thought to make the...
Houses / Mansions Russian Hill
 
Fort Mason Center
Originally a depot for the shipment of...
Arts / Performance Venues Marina
 
Fort Point
Dwarfed today by the Golden Gate Bridge, this...
Military Sites Presidio
 
Franklin Street buildings
The three blocks south of the contain a few...
Architectural Sites Pacific Heights
 
Galería de la Raza
San Francisco's premier showcase for contemporary...
Museums / Galleries Mission District
 
Ghirardelli Square
Most of the redbrick buildings in this...
Stores / Malls On the Waterfront
 
GLBT Historical Society Museum
The one-room Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and...
Museums / Galleries Castro
 
Golden fire hydrant
When all the other fire hydrants went dry during...
Memorials / Monuments Noe Valley
 
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
Follow your nose down Ross Alley to this tiny but...
Industrial Sites, Stores / Malls Chinatown
 
Grant Avenue
Originally called Calle de la Fundación, Grant...
Neighborhoods / Streets North Beach
 
Grateful Dead House
On the outside, this is just one more well-kept...
Houses / Mansions Haight
 
Hallidie Building
Named for cable-car inventor Andrew S. Hallidie,...
Architectural Sites Union Square
 
Harvey Milk Plaza
An 18-foot-long rainbow flag, the symbol of gay...
Squares Castro
 
InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel
Built on the ashes of railroad tycoon Mark...
Hotels Nob Hill
 
Jackson Square Historic District
This was the heart of the Barbary Coast of the...
Squares On the Waterfront
 
Kong Chow Temple
This ornate temple sets a somber, spiritual tone...
Religious Sites Chinatown
 
Lafayette Park
Clusters of trees dot this four-block-square...
Parks Pacific Heights
 
Levi Strauss headquarters
The carefully landscaped complex appears so...
Architectural Sites North Beach
 
Lotta's Fountain
Saucy gold rush–era actress, singer, and dancer...
Fountains Union Square
 
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
Fascinating and futuristic-looking, this...
Arts / Performance Venues Civic Center
 
Market Street buildings
The street, which bisects the city at an angle,...
Architectural Sites On the Waterfront
 
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
Dedicated to the influence that people of African...
Museums / Galleries SoMa
 
New People
The kids' counterpart to the Japan Center, this...
Museums / Galleries, Arts / Performance Venues, Stores / Malls Japantown
 
Nob Hill Masonic Center
Erected by Freemasons in 1957, the hall is...
Arts / Performance Venues Nob Hill
 
Ocean Beach
Stretching 3 miles along the western side of the...
Beaches Western Shoreline
 
Octagon House
This eight-sided home sits across the street from...
Houses / Mansions Pacific Heights
 
Old Chinese Telephone Exchange
After the 1906 earthquake, many Chinatown...
Architectural Sites Chinatown
 
Old St. Mary's Cathedral
Dedicated in 1854, this served as the city's...
Religious Sites Chinatown
 
Pacific Union Club
The former home of silver baron James Flood...
Architectural Sites Nob Hill
 
Palace Hotel
The city's oldest hotel, a Sheraton property,...
Hotels SoMa
 
Portsmouth Square
Chinatown's living room buzzes with activity. The...
Squares Chinatown
 
Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center
The muralists of this nonprofit arts organization...
Arts / Performance Venues, Information Centers Mission District
 
Randall Museum
The best thing about visiting this free nature...
Museums / Galleries Castro
 
Red Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn and Peace Center
By even the most generous accounts, the Summer of...
Architectural Sites Haight
 
Rincon Center
The only reason to visit what is basically a...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) SoMa
 
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Camera-toting visitors focus their lenses on the...
Religious Sites North Beach
 
San Francisco National Maritime Museum
You'll feel as if you're out to sea when you step...
Museums / Galleries On the Waterfront
 
San Francisco Public Library
Topped with a swirl like an art-deco nautilus,...
Libraries Civic Center
 
San Francisco Railway Museum
A labor of love brought to you by the same...
Museums / Galleries On the Waterfront
 
San Francisco Visitor Information Center
Head downstairs from the cable-car terminus to...
Information Centers Union Square
 
San Francisco Zoo
Occupying prime oceanfront property, the zoo is...
Zoos / Aquariums Western Shoreline
 
Sentinel Building
A striking triangular shape and a gorgeous green...
Architectural Sites North Beach
 
Spreckels Mansion
Not to be confused with the Spreckels Mansion of...
Houses / Mansions Haight
 
Spreckels Mansion
Shrouded behind tall juniper hedges at the...
Houses / Mansions Pacific Heights
 
The Stanford Court Hotel
In 1876 trendsetter Leland Stanford, a California...
Hotels Nob Hill
 
Sutro Heights Park
Crows and other large birds battle the heady...
Parks Western Shoreline
 
Transamerica Pyramid
It's neither owned by Transamerica nor is it a...
Architectural Sites On the Waterfront
 
Twin Peaks
Windswept and desolate Twin Peaks yields sweeping...
Viewpoints Noe Valley
 
United Nations Plaza
Locals know this plaza for two things: the...
Squares Civic Center
 
Vallejo Steps area
Several Russian Hill buildings survived the 1906...
Architectural Sites Russian Hill
 
Vedanta Society Old Temple
A pastiche of colonial, Queen Anne, Moorish, and...
Religious Sites Pacific Heights
 
Vermont Street
With a similar series of switchbacks, this...
Neighborhoods / Streets Mission District
 
Walt Disney Family Museum
This beautifully refurbished brick barracks...
Museums / Galleries Presidio
 
War Memorial Opera House
During San Francisco's Barbary Coast days,...
Arts / Performance Venues Civic Center
 
Washington Square
Once the daytime social heart of Little Italy,...
Squares North Beach
 
Wedding Houses
These identical white double-peak homes...
Houses / Mansions Pacific Heights
 
Wells Fargo Bank History Museum
There were no formal banks in San Francisco...
Museums / Galleries On the Waterfront
 
Westin St. Francis Hotel
Architects Walter Danforth Bliss and William...
Hotels Union Square
 
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
You never know what's going to be on display at...
Arts / Performance Venues SoMa

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