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


Chinatown 13

Union Square 7

On the Waterfront 18

SoMa and Civic Center 17


Civic Center 6

Hayes Valley 1

SoMa 10

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 13


Castro 5

Haight 5

Noe Valley 3

Mission District 12


Dogpatch 1

The Marina and the Presidio 11


Cow Hollow 3

Marina 3

Presidio 5

North Beach 10

Golden Gate Park 10

Western Shoreline 6


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

Library/ Archive 2

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

Zoo/ Aquarium 1

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California Historical Society

  • Library/Archive

If you're not a history buff, the CHS might seem like an obvious skip—who wants to look at fading old photographs and musty artifacts?—but...

Cartoon Art Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Krazy Kat, Zippy the Pinhead, Batman, and other colorful cartoon icons greet you at the Cartoon Art Museum, established with an endowment...

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Daniel Liebeskind designed the postmodern CJM, whose impossible-to-ignore diagonal blue cube juts out of a painstakingly restored power...

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

  • Museum/Gallery

Dedicated to the influence that people of African descent have had all over the world, MoAD provokes discussion from the get-go with...

Palace Hotel

  • Hotel–Sight

The city's oldest hotel, a Sheraton property, has a storied past. It opened in 1875, but fire destroyed the original structure after...

Rincon Center

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

The only reason to visit what is basically a modern office building is the striking Works Project Administration mural by Anton Refregier...

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • Museum/Gallery

SFMOMA is currently closed for a massive expansion project and is scheduled to reopen on May 14, 2016. Until then, the museum will draw...

Sound Systems mural

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

On a sound wall along the Caltrain tracks is Brian Barneclo's behemoth Sound Systems (2011), exploring everything from the nervous...

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.