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  • 1. Alamo Square Park

    Western Addition | City Park

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

  • 2. Alcatraz

    Embarcadero | Jail/Prison

    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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  • 3. Alta Plaza Park

    Pacific Heights | City Park

    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

  • 4. Baker Beach

    Presidio | Beach

    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. Golden Gate Bridge

    Presidio | Bridge/Tunnel

    Instantly recognizable as an icon of San Francisco, the two reddish-orange towers of the majestic Golden Gate Bridge rise 750 feet over the...Read More

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  • 6. 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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  • 7. Legion of Honor

    Richmond | Museum/Gallery

    Built to commemorate soldiers from California who died in World War I and set atop cliffs overlooking the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, and...Read More

  • 8. Lincoln Park

    Richmond | City Park

    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

  • 9. Twin Peaks

    Noe Valley | Viewpoint

    Windswept and desolate Twin Peaks—aptly named after a pair of towering peaks overlooking the city—yields sweeping vistas of San Francisco and...Read More

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  • 10. Vallejo Steps

    Russian Hill | Viewpoint

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

  • 11. Angel Island State Park

    Fisherman's Wharf | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    For an outdoorsy adventure and some fascinating though sometimes disturbing history, consider a day at this island northwest of Alcatraz, the...Read More

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  • 12. Broadway estates

    Pacific Heights | Historic Home

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

  • 13. Buena Vista Park

    Haight | City Park

    The reward for the steep climb to get here is this eucalyptus-filled space with great city views. Dog walkers and homeless folks make good use...Read More

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  • 14. Fort Point National Historic Site

    Presidio | Museum/Gallery

    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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  • 15. InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel

    Nob Hill | Hotel

    Built on the ashes of railroad tycoon Mark Hopkins's grand estate (constructed at his wife's urging; Hopkins himself preferred to live frugally...Read More

  • 16. Lafayette Park

    Pacific Heights | City Park

    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

  • 17. Lyon Street Steps

    Presidio Heights | Viewpoint

    Get ready for a workout—and a spectacularly rewarding view at the top—when tackling the 332 steps at the eastern edge of the Presidio. There...Read More

  • 18. San Francisco Art Institute

    Russian Hill | Educational Institution

    The number-one reason for a visit to this art college is Mexican master Diego Rivera's The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City...Read More

  • 19. Sutro Heights Park

    Richmond | City Park

    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

  • 20. Wave Organ

    Marina | Public Art

    Conceived by environmental artist Peter Richards and fashioned by master stonecutter George Gonzales, this unusual wave-activated acoustic sculpture...Read More

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