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

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

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Local Interest–Sight 3

Marina/ Pier/ Dock 2

Market/ Bazaar 1

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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

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Caffè Trieste

  • Restaurant–Sight

The Giotta family celebrates the art of a good espresso as well as a good tune at Caffè Trieste. Every Saturday from 2 to 4, the family...

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...

F-line

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

The city's system of vintage electric trolleys, the F-line, gives the cable cars a run for their money as a beloved mode of transportation.

Fort Point

  • Military Site

Dwarfed today by the Golden Gate Bridge, this brick fortress constructed between 1853 and 1861 was designed to protect San Francisco...

Golden fire hydrant

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

When all the other fire hydrants went dry during the fire that followed the 1906 earthquake, this one kept pumping. Noe Valley and the...

Haas-Lilienthal House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

A small display of photographs on the bottom floor of this elaborate, gray 1886 Queen Anne house makes clear that despite its lofty stature...

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...

Jackson Square Historic District

  • Neighborhood/Street

This was the heart of the Barbary Coast of the Gay '90s—the 1890s, that is. Although most of the red-light district was destroyed in...

Maiden Lane

  • Building/Architectural Site

Known as Morton Street in the raffish Barbary Coast era, this former red-light district reported at least one murder a week during the...

Mission Dolores

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Two churches stand side by side here, including the small adobe Mission San Francisco de Asís, which, along with the Presidio's Officers'...

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