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  • 1. Alamo Square Park

    Western Addition | City Park

    Whether you've seen them on postcards or on the old TV show Full House, the colorful "Painted Ladies" Victorian houses are some of San Francisco...Read More

  • 2. Alcatraz

    Embarcadero | Jail/Prison

    Thousands of visitors come every day to walk in the footsteps of Alcatraz's notorious criminals. The stories of life and death on "the Rock...Read More

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  • 3. Alta Plaza Park

    Pacific Heights | City Park

    Golden Gate Park's longtime superintendent, John McLaren, designed the nearly 12-acre park in the early 1900s, modeling its steep south-facing...Read More

  • 4. Asian Art Museum

    Civic Center | Museum/Gallery

    You don't have to be a connoisseur of Asian art to appreciate a visit to this museum whose monumental exterior conceals a light, open, and welcoming...Read More

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  • 5. Baker Beach

    Presidio | Beach

    West of the Golden Gate Bridge is a mile-long stretch of soft sand beneath steep cliffs, beloved for its spectacular views and laid-back vibe...Read More

  • 6. Buchanan Mall

    Japantown | Store/Mall

    The shops lining this open-air mall are geared more toward locals—travel agencies, electronics shops—but there are some fun Japanese-goods stores...Read More

  • 7. California Academy of Sciences

    Golden Gate Park | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 8. Castro Theatre

    Castro | Arts/Performance Venue

    Here's a classic way to join in a beloved Castro tradition: grab some popcorn and catch a flick at this 1,500-seat art-deco theater built in...Read More

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  • 9. Chase Center

    Sports Venue

    The National Basketball Association's Golden State Warriors moved across the bay from Oakland to this spectacular arena in 2019. They are the...Read More

  • 10. City Hall

    Civic Center | Government Building

    This imposing 1915 structure with its massive gold-leaf dome—higher than the U.S. Capitol's—is about as close to a palace as you're going to...Read More

  • 11. City Lights Bookstore

    North Beach | Store/Mall

    The exterior of this famous literary bookstore is iconic in itself, from the replica of a revolutionary mural destroyed in Chiapas, Mexico,...Read More

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  • 12. Dolores Park

    Mission District | City Park

    A two-square-block microcosm of life in the district, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco's liveliest green spaces: dog lovers and...Read More

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  • 13. Exploratorium

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

    Walking into this fascinating "museum of science, art, and human perception" is like visiting a mad-scientist's laboratory, but one in which...Read More

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  • 14. Ferry Building

    Embarcadero | Market/Bazaar

    The jewel of the Embarcadero, erected in 1896 and now home to an outstanding food marketplace, is topped by a 230-foot clock tower modeled after...Read More

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  • 15. Golden Gate Bridge

    Presidio | Bridge/Tunnel

    Instantly recognizable as an icon of San Francisco, the two reddish-orange towers of the majestic Golden Gate Bridge rise 750 feet over the...Read More

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  • 16. Grace Cathedral

    Nob Hill | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Not many churches can boast an altarpiece by Keith Haring and two labyrinths, but this one, the country's third-largest Episcopal cathedral...Read More

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  • 17. Hyde Street Pier

    Fisherman's Wharf | Museum/Gallery

    If you want to get to the heart of the Wharf, there's no better place to do it than at this pier. Don't pass up the centerpiece collection of...Read More

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  • 18. Ina Coolbrith Park

    Russian Hill | City Park

    If you make it all the way up here, you may have the place all to yourself, or at least feel like you do. The park's terraces are carved from...Read More

  • 19. Kabuki Springs & Spa

    Japantown | Spa–Sight

    The serene spa is one Japantown destination that draws locals from all over town, from hipsters to grandmas, Japanese American or not. Balinese...Read More

  • 20. Legion of Honor

    Richmond | Museum/Gallery

    Built to commemorate soldiers from California who died in World War I and set atop cliffs overlooking the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, and...Read More

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