San Francisco Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in San Francisco - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Union Square and Chinatown 20

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Chinatown 13

Union Square 7

On the Waterfront 18

SoMa and Civic Center 17

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Civic Center 6

Hayes Valley 1

SoMa 10

Nob Hill and Russian Hill 15

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Nob Hill 8

Polk Gulch 1

Russian Hill 6

Pacific Heights and Japantown 14

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Japantown 4

Pacific Heights 10

The Haight, the Castro, and Noe Valley 13

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Castro 5

Haight 5

Noe Valley 3

Mission District 12

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Dogpatch 1

The Marina and the Presidio 11

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Cow Hollow 3

Marina 3

Presidio 5

North Beach 10

Golden Gate Park 10

Western Shoreline 6

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Outer Richmond 5

Sunset District 1

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Arts/ Performance Venue 11

Beach–Sight 1

Body Of Water/ Waterfall 1

Bridge/ Tunnel 1

Building/ Architectural Site 16

Educational Institution 1

Fountain 1

Garden/ Arboretum 4

Government Building 1

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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Marina/ Pier/ Dock 2

Market/ Bazaar 1

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 2

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

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 7

Restaurant–Sight 1

Spa–Sight 1

Store/ Shop/ Mall 9

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

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 1

Windmill 1

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Beach Chalet

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

Hugging the park's western border, this 1925 Willis Polk–designed structure houses gorgeous Depression-era murals of familiar San Francisco...

California Academy of Sciences

  • Museum/Gallery

With its native plant–covered living roof, retractable ceiling, three-story rain forest, gigantic planetarium, living coral reef, and...

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Garden/Arboretum

Whatever you do, be sure to at least drive by the Conservatory of Flowers—it's too darn pretty to miss. The gorgeous, white-framed...

Dutch Windmill

  • Windmill

It may not pump water anymore, but this carefully restored windmill, built in 1903 to irrigate Golden Gate Park, continues to enchant...

Koret Children's Quarter

  • Park/Playground

Founded in 1888, the country's first public children's playground has wave-shaped climbing walls, old-fashioned cement slides, and a...

National AIDS Memorial Grove

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

This lush, serene 7-acre grove was conceived as a living memorial to the disease's victims. Coast live oaks, Monterey pines, coast redwoods...

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum

  • Garden/Arboretum

One of the best picnic spots in a very picnic-friendly park, the 55-acre arboretum specializes in plants from areas with climates similar...

San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

As you amble through the manicured landscape, past Japanese sculptures and perfect miniature pagodas, and over ponds of carp, you may...

Stow Lake

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Russian seniors feed the pigeons, kids watch turtles sunning themselves, and joggers circle this placid body of water, Golden Gate Park's...

de Young Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

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

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