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  • 1. Alamo Square Park

    Western Addition | Park/Playground

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

  • 2. Alta Plaza Park

    Pacific Heights | Park/Playground

    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

  • 3. Baker Beach

    Presidio | Beach–Sight

    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

  • 4. Buchanan Mall

    Japantown | Store/Shop/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

  • 5. 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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    6. Exploratorium

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • Hyde Street Pier

    7. 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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  • Musée Mécanique

    8. Musée Mécanique

    Fisherman's Wharf | Museum/Gallery

    Once a staple at Playland-at-the-Beach, San Francisco's early 20th-century amusement park, the antique mechanical contrivances at this time...Read More

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  • Alcatraz

    9. Alcatraz

    Embarcadero | 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 Rock...Read More

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  • 10. Cable Car Museum

    Nob Hill | Museum/Gallery

    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 stop between...Read More

  • 11. Fort Point

    Presidio | Military Site

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

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  • 12. Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

    Chinatown | Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Follow your nose down Ross Alley to this tiny but fragrant cookie factory. Two workers sit at circular motorized griddles and wait for dollops...Read More

  • 13. Japan Center

    Japantown | Store/Shop/Mall

    Cool and curious trinkets, noodle houses and sushi joints, a destination bookstore, and a peek at Japanese culture high and low await at this...Read More

  • 14. Lafayette Park

    Pacific Heights | Park/Playground

    Clusters of trees dot this four-block-square oasis for sunbathers and dog-and-Frisbee teams. On the south side of the park, squat but elegant...Read More

  • 15. Letterman Digital Arts Center

    Presidio | Building/Architectural Site

    Bay Area filmmaker George Lucas's 23-acre Letterman Digital Arts Center, a digital studio "campus," along the eastern edge of the land, is...Read More

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    16. Pier 39

    Fisherman's Wharf | Marina/Pier/Dock

    The city's most popular waterfront attraction draws millions of visitors each year, who come to browse through its shops and concessions hawking...Read More

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  • 17. Randall Museum

    Castro | Museum/Gallery

    One of the best things about visiting this free nature museum for kids may be its tremendous views of San Francisco. Younger kids who are still...Read More

  • 18. San Francisco National Maritime Museum

    Fisherman's Wharf | Museum/Gallery

    You'll feel as if you're out to sea when you step aboard, er, inside this sturdy, ship-shape, streamline-moderne structure dubbed the Bathhouse...Read More

  • 19. San Francisco Railway Museum

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

    A labor of love brought to you by the same vintage-transit enthusiasts responsible for the F-line's revival, this one-room museum and store...Read More

  • 20. San Francisco Zoo

    Sunset | Zoo/Aquarium

    Occupying prime oceanfront property, the San Francisco Zoo touts itself as a wildlife-focused recreation center that inspires visitors to become...Read More

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