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U.S. 101, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Drive up to hawk hill for some of the most spectacular views of the golden gate bridge and San Francisco.
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55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
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The California Academy of Sciences is an unfortunately stuffy name for an institution that is anything but staid. The country's largest natural-history museum includes an aquarium, a planetarium, an enormous rain-forest exhibit under a...

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555 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
I recently signed up for a drawing class with a few fellow AFARians, and I came to this art supply store—near Jackson Square in the Financial District—to stock up on materials. Sporting wall-to-wall color and two floors of pencils, paints,...
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Yone has a rare kind of time-capsule-charm. It's a tiny shop you can get lost in for hours—lost in San Franciscan history, lost in slow conversation, and, of course, lost in beads. Mr. Bee, now 90, opened Yone in the '60s and has amassed a...
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Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA
Near the Coppola and Transamerica buildings at the edge of North Beach and the financial district
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Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco is chalk full of history. From “Turn in, Tune in and Drop Out” to The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin and other iconic persons and phrases this tiny are of the city pulses with stories. One way to experience them is...
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Gough St & Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
After a $10 million renovation in 2013, this park has everything you could want in a picture-perfect picnic spot - views of the Bay, playgrounds, tennis courts, new public restrooms and an off-leash dog park.
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57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
It doesn't matter how well you think you know a place—there's always somewhere new worth exploring. San Francisco is packed with secret hideouts. One of my all-time favorites has to be the Mechanics Institute Library and Chess Room—and the rather...
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3801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA

All we could say for about an hour was WOW! We drove through the curvy roads of Mt. Tamalpais gawking at the beauty. And then we came across Steep Ravine Campground. It is situated literally on the cliffs overlooking the beach and ocean and it is...

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1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
Just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Muir Woods National Monument, a 554-acre park; old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest trees in the world, cover 295 of those acres. Peaceful and lush, the forest is ideal for simply communing with...
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1004 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
While hiking through the Lands End area of San Francisco I came across this gem. Built in the late 19th century as the world's largest indoor swimming pool complex, visitors could take a dip in one of the seven pools or take a stroll through a...
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75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA CA 94118, USA

While Japanese gardens have come to be an expected feature of many botanical parks around the world, the Japanese Tea Garden, which opened in 1894, was the first public tea garden in the United States. The original plot consisted of less than half...

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50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The de Young Museum, with its perforated copper facade and spiraling tower in the center of Golden Gate Park, is as dramatic outside as it is inside. Follow the widening crack in the sidewalk into the atrium. It's an Andy Goldsworthy–created...
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300 Finley Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
The Presidio is a great park 5 minutes from the hustle of downtown San Francisco.
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Gibson Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Every once in a while, the sun shines bright in San Francisco and every city residents flocks to the nearest park or beach to soak up the sun and day drink. Baker Beach, in the confines of SF, seems worlds away from city life. The view of the...
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This is a very nice local spot where you can find new&used records from all over the world. From Reggae to Rock music. Come here not only to buy, but also sell and trade. Small jukebox and console inside. Nice just only to have a look around.
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One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
When San Francisco is in good mood (it happens, even during the summer), the quality of light is unmatched in the known Universe. The blue dissolved in the sky goes along so well with the blue resplendent in the water, that the combination...
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Long Ave & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
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Winter storm surges and daily tides bring surfers out into the chilly waters of the San Francisco Bay. Awesome spots to watch the sun rise or set nearby and the mouth of one of the aquatic wonders of the world.
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2200 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
This movie theater was just sitting there on the corner gathering dust.
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San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
A vital civic and cultural space within Golden Gate Park, the Bandshell, known as the Spreckles Temple of Music, hosts free concerts on Sundays during the summer and serves as a picnic spot year-round for visitors to the nearby cultural facilities...
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948, Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Gets you the best view of San Francisco and its famous bridge
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55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
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The academy of arts and science museum in golden gate park offers a whole day of fun and learning. A planetarium, an aquarium and a rainforest is such a diverse experience under one roof which is designed with the environment in mind. The roof is...
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2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Every Christmas season San Franciscans head to the elegant Palace Hotel's Garden Court to enjoy holiday brunch or tea. This historic Beaux Arts hotel also offers inventive holiday cocktails in their Pied Piper Bar. An annual gingerbread...
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824 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Stepping into Paxton Gate is like entering a wonderland. What began as a small store in an alley off Market Street in 1992 has since grown into their location on Valencia Street, a mecca for those interested in the oddities of the natural world....
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1414 Grant Avenue., 513 green st, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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A repository of the musical past. Find used instruments, record players, CDs, vinyl records, memorabilia, and barely recalled memories of a misspent youth in the this semi-organized emporium. The records are down stairs. Be aware that items are...
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San Francisco, CA, USA
at the end of the road at fort point, you'll find wonky wave coming in from the mouth of the bay, under the bridge and jacking up right in front of you in San Francisco ~
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1690 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
In Golden Gate Park, right off Ocean Beach, you'll find two historic Murphy windmills that have just been restored to their former working glory. The surrounding tulips and a picnic area make it a perfect pit-stop on your way to, or from, the...
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We definitely left our hearts in San Francisco with this view!
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3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Standing out in San Francisco's Marina District, this historic landmark is a leftover from the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Expo and was designed by Bernard R. Maybeck, a student of the École des Beaux-Arts. His vision was to...
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150 Stockton St, Level Four, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
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For a chic stop on a San Francisco tour, take the Neiman Marcus elevator to the fourth floor and dine at The Rotunda. The lunch menu is varied and contains "light" options for the ladies who lunch. Travelers can revel in a quiet respite just off...
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4035 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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An artist and an architect curate a cool mix of practical things here. You’ll find books on furniture and design, and interesting items like wooden radios and pencil sets. Lots of it is handmade. The store also sells chairs and tables that Luke...
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100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The Victorian-era glass and wood structure, which looks like a sugar-coated castle atop a grassy slope, is Golden Gate Park's oldest building. It's also one of San Francisco's most splendid historic sites. Wander through five different galleries...
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Dolores St & 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Mission Dolores Park, aka Delores Park, is one of the most popular parks in San Francisco, especially when the sun is out and the mercury is up. On a sunny weekend, you'll be hard pressed to find a patch of green to plant yourself on, but that's...
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Long Ave & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
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The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most photographed site in California, but this vantage point never gets old. Explore the hollowed out fort, learn some history, and marvel at the view from the top floor.
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505 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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The cheeky moniker of its city namesake, San Franpsycho, is a quintessentially local shop. On top of the variety of merchandise, the store holds events, which seems like a great way to meet locals. They sell locally created tanks, toques, sweaters...
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220 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
For a dose of culture, head to Park Life in the Inner Richmond. The goal of this gallery-cum-retail space is to feature today’s most engaging contemporary art. Located in a 1,400-square-foot former furniture store, Park Life showcases 10 exhibits...
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449 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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Miette describes themselves as San Francisco’s most charming pastry shop, and it would be hard to disagree. Bright, colorful, and cheerful, these American takes on classic pastries are some of the best you’ll find in the city. Miette (which means...
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Alamo Square, San Francisco, CA, USA
Alamo Square is home of the "Painted Ladies," eclectic musicians, and some of the most incredible views of San Fransisco. The trolleys won't take you all the way there, but cabs are easy to catch. We couldn't have chosen a better way to burn the...
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601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Caffe Trieste is hardly a "hidden gem" some may even say it's a tourist trap, but considering the amount of locals that came in, and I'm not talking about young hipsters only, it's worth ambling in. Moody, atmospheric, original. Sit upfront by the...
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1665 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Peach signs, anarchist books, and art installations surround a quiet cafe area. The menu is typical coffee house, but the walls and vibe echo the 'Summer of Love' and are pure Haight Ashbury.
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North Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA
This secret garden off Union St. in Russian Hill is a perfect spot to enjoy an early morning cup of coffee and the view, while the fog washes you awake.
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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
Not crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco would be like skipping the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s a rite of passage every visitor should experience. The best way to traverse this iconic symbol of the city is either on foot or two wheels....
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899 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
You can not go to San Francisco and skip on the trolleys.
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600 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
What the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Transamerica building at the end of Columbus Avenue defines the San Francisco Skyline. North Beach lies at its feet.