San Francisco

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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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  • 5. Broadway estates

    Pacific Heights | Building/Architectural Site

    Broadway uptown, unlike its garish North Beach stretch, has plenty of prestigious addresses. The three-story palace at 2222 Broadway, which...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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....Read More

  • 8. 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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  • 9. Golden fire hydrant

    Noe Valley | 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 Mission...Read More

  • 10. Haas-Lilienthal House

    Pacific Heights | 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...Read More

  • 11. Jackson Square Historic District


    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 the fire...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Lotta's Fountain

    Union Sq. | Fountain

    Saucy gold rush–era actress, singer, and dancer Lotta Crabtree so aroused the city's miners that they were known to shower her with gold nuggets...Read More

  • 14. Maiden Lane

    Union Sq. | 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 late...Read More

  • 15. Mission Dolores

    Mission District | 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'...Read More

  • 16. Octagon House

    Cow Hollow | House/Mansion/Villa

    This eight-sided home sits across the street from its original site on Gough Street; it's one of two remaining octagonal houses in the city...Read More

  • 17. Presidio Officers' Club

    Presidio | Museum/Gallery

    An excellent place to begin a historical tour of the Presidio, the Officers' Club offers a walk through time from the Presidio's earliest days...Read More

  • 18. Sutro Heights Park

    Richmond | Park/Playground

    Crows and other large birds battle the heady breezes at this cliff-top park on what were once the grounds of the home of Adolph Sutro, an eccentric...Read More

  • 19. Westin St. Francis Hotel

    Union Sq. | Hotel–Sight

    Built in 1904 and barely established as the most sumptuous hotel in town before it was ravaged by fire following the 1906 earthquake, this grande...Read More

  • 20. Whittier Mansion

    Pacific Heights | House/Mansion/Villa

    With a Spanish-tile roof and scrolled bay windows on all four sides, this is one of the most elegant 19th-century houses in the state. Unlike...Read More

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