San Francisco Sights

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Union Square and Chinatown 20

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Chinatown 13

Union Square 7

SoMa and Civic Center 19

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Civic Center 7

Hayes Valley 1

SoMa 10

Tenderloin 1

On the Waterfront 19

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Embarcadero 5

Financial District 4

Fisherman's Wharf 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 14

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Castro 6

Haight 5

Noe Valley 3

North Beach 13

Mission District 12

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Dogpatch 1

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Cow Hollow 3

Marina 3

Presidio 5

Golden Gate Park 10

Western Shoreline 6

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Sunset District 1

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826 Valencia mural

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

Fans of graphic novelist Chris Ware will want to take a good look at the facade of 826 Valencia, the nonprofit organization established...

Alcatraz

  • Jail

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

Alta Plaza Park

  • Park/Playground

Golden Gate Park's longtime superintendent, John McLaren, designed Alta Plaza in 1910, modeling its terracing on that of the Grand Casino...

American Conservatory Theater

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Celebrated local architects Bliss and Faville, also responsible for the nearby St. Francis Hotel, designed the neoclassical home of San...

Angel Island

  • Island

For an outdoorsy adventure and some fascinating history, consider a day at this island northwest of Alcatraz. Discovered by Spaniards...

Asian Art Museum

  • 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,...

Atherton House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

The mildly daffy design of this Victorian-era house incorporates Queen Anne, Stick-Eastlake, and other architectural elements. Many claim...

Axford House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

This mauve house was built in 1877 by William Axford, a Scottish immigrant and metalsmith whose Mission Iron Works made cannonballs for...

Balmy Alley murals

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

Mission District artists have transformed the walls of their neighborhood with paintings, and Balmy Alley is one of the best-executed...

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...

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