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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

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    4. 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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    5. 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

    Ina Coolbrith Park
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    6. 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

    Lincoln Park
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    7. 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

    Musée Mécanique
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    8. 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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  • 9. Twin Peaks

    Noe Valley | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Windswept and desolate Twin Peaks yields sweeping vistas of San Francisco and the neighboring East and North Bay counties. You can get a real...Read More

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  • 10. Vallejo Steps

    Russian Hill | Building/Architectural Site

    Several Russian Hill buildings survived the 1906 earthquake and fire and remain standing. Patriotic firefighters saved what's become known as...Read More

  • 11. 826 Valencia mural

    Mission District | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Fans of graphic novelist Chris Ware will want to take a good look at the facade of 826 Valencia, the nonprofit organization established by writer...Read More

  • 12. Balmy Alley murals

    Mission District | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Mission District artists have transformed the walls of their neighborhood with paintings, and Balmy Alley is one of the best-executed examples...Read More

  • 13. Beach Chalet

    Golden Gate Park | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Hugging the park's western border, this 1925 Willis Polk–designed structure houses gorgeous Depression-era murals of familiar San Francisco...Read More

  • 14. Buena Vista Park

    Haight | Park/Playground

    If you can manage the steep climb, this eucalyptus-filled park has great city views. Dog walkers and homeless folks make good use of the park...Read More

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  • 15. 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

  • 16. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

    Western Addition | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Residing at the prominent intersection of two busy thoroughfares (Geary Boulevard and Gough Street), there's no missing this striking cathedral...Read More

  • 17. City Hall

    Civic Center | Government Building

    This imposing 1915 structure with its massive gold-leaf dome—higher than the U.S. Capitol's—is about as close to a palace as you're going to...Read More

  • 18. Clarion Alley murals

    Mission District | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Inspired by the work in Balmy Alley, a new generation of muralists began creating a fresh alley-cum-gallery here in 1992. The works by the loosely...Read More

  • 19. Cliff House

    Richmond | Restaurant–Sight

    Spectacular ocean views have been bringing diners to its several restaurants for more than a century—you can see 30 miles or more on a clear...Read More

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  • 20. Coit Tower

    North Beach | Building/Architectural Site

    Among San Francisco's most distinctive skyline sights, this 210-foot tower is often considered a tribute to firefighters because of the donor...Read More

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