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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Gay and Lesbian 3

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Asian Art Museum

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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,...

Beat Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Museum" might be a stretch for this tiny storefront that's half bookstore, half memorabilia collection. You can see the 1949 Hudson from...

Cable Car Museum

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One of the city's best free offerings, this museum is an absolute must for kids. You can even ride a cable car here—all three lines...

California Academy of Sciences

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

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

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

Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Learning Center

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The displays at this small, light-filled gallery document the Chinese-American experience—from 19th-century agriculture to 21st-century...

Contemporary Jewish Museum

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

Exploratorium

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

GLBT Historical Society Museum

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The small, two-gallery Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society Museum, the first of its kind in the United...

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