San Francisco Attractions

  • Golden Gate Bridge
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    This world famous marvel of architecture - the world's tallest and highest bridge when it was completed in 1937 - is now the most famous symbol of San Francisco. Read more...
  • Lombard Street
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    Billed as the world's most crooked street, this is one of San Francisco's most photographed sights. Many tourists drive down the Lombard Street to experience its succession of sharp turns. Read more...
  • Cable Cars
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    Built out of necessity since standard tramways couldn't cope with the steep hills in the city, the cable cars are now a symbol of San Francisco especially popular with tourists. Read more...
  • Coit Tower
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    The 210ft Coit tower on top of the Telegraph Hill is a monument dedicated to the San Francisco Firemen. It has an observation platform with a great 360° view. Read more...
  • Fisherman's Wharf
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    Once the commercial center of the city's fishing industry; today tourists flock to this waterfront area and the nearby Pier 39 attracted by the many restaurants and shops. Read more...
  • Chinatown
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    San Francisco is home to North America's largest chinatown, a 24 block neighbourhood adjacent to the Financial district. The area contains some nice oriental style houses and temples. Read more...
  • TransAmerica Pyramid
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    The exotic shape of this skyscraper made the Transamerica Pyramid one of San Francisco's iconic landmarks. The 260m tall tower (850+ft) was built in 1972 by William Pereira. Read more...
  • City Hall
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    San Francisco's City Hall, a magnificent beaux-arts building completed in 1915, was made seismic-proof after the 1989 earthquake damaged the historic structure. Read more...
  • Alamo Square
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    San Francisco's 19th century Alamo square is famous for the row of Victorian houses lining the square. The panoramic view over the city from Alamo Square is fabulous. Read more...
  • Golden Gate Park
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    San Francisco's largest park was developed in the late 19th century. The beautiful park - one of the best in the country - features several gardens, museums and other attractions. Read more...
  • Alcatraz
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    This island - dubbed 'The Rock' - is known as the site of a former heavily guarded federal prison whose inmates included notorious names such as Al Capone and “Birdman” Robert Stroud. Read more...
  • Mission Dolores
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    One of the few remnants of the city's Spanish colonial past, this 18th century missionary post is the oldest building in San Francisco. Read more...
  • Union Square
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    Union Square marks the center of the city's shopping district. Many of the hotels and theaters in San Francisco are located in the area around this historic square. Read more...
  • Nob Hill
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    After a cable car line was opened here affluent people started to build mansions on top of this hill. Today it is still an upper class area with several luxury hotels. Read more...
  • Pier 39
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    Originally a cargo pier but later renovated into some sort of picturesque fishing village with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, Pier 39 is one of the country's most visited tourist attractions. Read more...
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
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    This strikingly modern church was built in 1971 as San Francisco's Roman Catholic cathedral. The 190ft (58m) tall building is topped with a 55ft (17m) tall cross. Inside is a modern kinetic sculpture by Richard Lippold. Read more...
  • Bay Bridge
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    When the San Francisco - Oakland Bay bridge opened in 1936 it was the world's longest and most expensive bridge. The bridge consists of two separate sections, each 3 km / 10,000 ft long. Read more...
  • Japantown
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    Japantown is home to a large part of San Francisco's still sizeable Japanese community. Many Japanese restaurants and shops can be found here. Read more...
  • Japanese Tea Garden
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    This large Japanese garden, created in 1894 for the California Midwinter Fair, is one of the main attractions in San Francisco's expansive Golden Gate Park. Read more...
  • Hyde Street Pier
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    As part of the Maritime National Historic Park, several historic ships from around the turn of the 20th century can be visited at this pier near Fisherman's Wharf. Read more...
  • Haight-Ashbury
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    Since the late 1960s, when it became world-famous as the heart of the 'Summer of Love', this neighborhood has been associated with the Hippie culture. Read more...
  • Palace of Fine Arts
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    The only building that remains of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition is this magnificent neo-classical edifice, now home to a science museum. Read more...
  • USS Pampanito
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    Now docked at Pier 45, this historic submarine saw a lot of action in the Second World War. Visitors can get on board the ship and walk through its cramped spaces. Read more...
  • Ferry Building
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    Built in 1898 as a terminal for ferry passengers, the Ferry Building was a hub of activity until the construction of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges in the 1930s. Read more...
  • Octagon House
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    This small 19th century house is a nice example of a once popular building type. Its octagonal shape was said to lead the inhabitants to a longer, healthier life. Read more...
  • Haas-Lilienthal House
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    The Haas-Lilienthal House is a beautiful example of the magnificent Victorian houses that were common in San Francisco. The wooden villa was built in 1886 for William Haas, a German immigrant. Read more...
  • Embarcadero Center
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    The Embarcadero Center is a large mixed-use complex of five distinctive skyscrapers built between 1968 and 1983, later expanded with several more buildings. Read more...
  • Botanical Garden
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    Part of the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco's Botanical Garden features more than 7500 plants from regions around the world spread out over 55 acres / 22ha. Read more...
  • Civic Center
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    Plans for this governmental and cultural center of San Francisco were created shortly after the 1906 earthquake and fire had destroyed most of the city's buildings. Read more...
  • Washington Square
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    Washington Square is the green heart of San Francisco's North Beach district thanks to the park that occupies most of the square. It is overlooked by the Italianesque Sts Peter and Paul Church. Read more...
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
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    The construction of the Moscone Convention Center was the start of the Yerba Buena project, which lead to a revived area, known as Yerba Buena Gardens. Read more...
  • MoMA
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    The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in San Francisco was the first museum on the west coast dedicated to modern art. The museum's collection is housed in an iconic building at the Yerba Buena Gardens. Read more...
  • 555 California Street
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    The city's tallest building when it opened as the Bank of America World Headquarters in 1969, the skyscraper is still an imposing figure on the city skyline. Read more...
  • Sutro Heights
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    This beautiful bayside area is named after Adolf Sutro, a rich entrepreneur who built his estate on a hill overlooking the ocean. The estate was later converted into a public park. Read more...
  • Fort Mason
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    From this military base, about 1.6 million soldiers left for the Pacific during the Second World War. In 1972 it was converted into a center for arts, education and events. Read more...
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