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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

  • Asian Art Museum

    3. Asian Art Museum

    Civic Center | 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, and welcoming...Read More

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  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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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  • Castro Theatre

    7. Castro Theatre

    Castro | Arts/Performance Venue

    Here's a classic way to join in a beloved Castro tradition: grab some popcorn and catch a flick at this 1,500-seat art-deco theater; built in...Read More

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  • City Lights Bookstore

    8. City Lights Bookstore

    North Beach | 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 art banners...Read More

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  • Dolores Park

    9. Dolores Park

    Mission District | 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 pampered...Read More

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  • Exploratorium

    10. 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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  • Ferry Building

    11. Ferry Building

    Embarcadero | 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,...Read More

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  • Golden Gate Bridge

    12. Golden Gate Bridge

    Presidio | 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 withstand...Read More

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  • Hyde Street Pier

    13. 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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  • Ina Coolbrith Park

    14. Ina Coolbrith Park

    Russian Hill | 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 from...Read More

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  • Kabuki Springs & Spa

    15. Kabuki Springs & Spa

    Japantown | Spa–Sight

    This serene spa is one Japantown destination that draws locals from all over town, from hipster to grandma, Japanese American or not. Balinese...Read More

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  • Lincoln Park

    16. Lincoln Park

    Richmond | Park/Playground

    Although many of the city's green spaces are gentle and welcoming, Lincoln Park is a wild, 275-acre park in the Outer Richmond with windswept...Read More

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  • 17. Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

    Civic Center | Arts/Performance Venue

    Fascinating and futuristic-looking, this 2,739-seat hall is the home of the San Francisco Symphony. The glass wraparound lobby and pop-out balcony...Read More

  • Macondray Lane

    18. Macondray Lane

    Russian Hill | Neighborhood/Street

    San Francisco has no shortage of impressive, grand homes, but Macondray Lane is the quintessential hidden garden. Enter under a lovely wooden...Read More

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  • Musée Mécanique

    19. 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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  • Palace of Fine Arts

    20. Palace of Fine Arts

    Marina | Building/Architectural Site

    At first glance this stunning, rosy rococo palace seems to be from another world, and indeed, it's the sole survivor of the many tinted-plaster...Read More

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