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

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

The Marina and the Presidio 11

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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

The Richmond 5

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Arts/ Performance Venue 12

Beach–Sight 1

Body Of Water/ Waterfall 1

Bridge/ Tunnel 1

Building/ Architectural Site 17

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

Local Interest–Sight 3

Marina/ Pier/ Dock 2

Market/ Bazaar 1

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 3

Military Site 4

Museum/ Gallery 29

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 4

Neighborhood/ Street 8

Observatory/ Planetarium 1

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 2

Park/ Playground 9

Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 5

Public Art (Mural/ Sculpture/ Statue) 9

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 8

Restaurant–Sight 4

Spa–Sight 1

Store/ Shop/ Mall 9

Tour–Sight 1

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 6

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 1

Windmill 1

Zoo/ Aquarium 2

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Family 15

Gay and Lesbian 3

Historical 15

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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,...

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...

Castro Theatre

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Here's a classic way to join in the Castro community: grab some popcorn and catch a flick at this 1,500-seat art-deco theater; opened...

City Lights Bookstore

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Take a look at the exterior of the store: the replica of a revolutionary mural destroyed in Chiapas, Mexico, by military forces; the...

Dolores Park

  • Park/Playground

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

Exploratorium

  • Museum/Gallery

Walking into this fascinating "museum of science, art, and human perception" is like visiting a mad-scientist's laboratory. Most of the...

Ferry Building

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

The jewel of the Embarcadero, erected in 1896, is topped by a 230-foot clock tower modeled after the campanile of the cathedral in Seville,...

Golden Gate Bridge

  • Bridge/Tunnel

With its simple but powerful Art Deco design, the 1.7-mile suspension span that connects San Francisco and Marin County was built to...

Hyde Street Pier

  • Museum/Gallery

Cotton candy and souvenirs are all well and good, but if you want to get to the heart of the Wharf—boats—there's no better place...

Ina Coolbrith Park

  • Park/Playground

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...

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