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To really know San Francisco, explore its neighborhoods. Look for taquerias and techies in the Mission, rainbow flags above the Castro, earnest hippie vibes in the Haight, and beachy quietude in the Sunset. This walkable, welcoming city awaits.
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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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Pier 15 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Ask anyone you know who grew up in the Bay Area about the Exploratorium, and they’ll likely be able to share stories of class trips and seeing their hair stand on end at an installation about electricity or fun-house mirrors that...
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San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Alcatraz—the very name conjures dark images of impregnable prisons, infamous criminals, and daring escape attempts. But the island is not all murder and mayhem. “The Rock,” set a few kilometers offshore in the San Francisco...
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540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Crazy for Kerouac? Mad for Ginsberg? Head to the Beat Museum in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, where many of the writers, artists, and thinkers you’ll be learning about spent their time drinking and carousing in the 1950s...
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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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900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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When Domingo Ghirardelli immigrated to the United States in 1849, he planned to strike it rich in the California Gold Rush. Unsuccessful, he opened a store in Stockton selling supplies and some confections to other hopeful miners. Flash forward a...
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375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
If you're a book lover, you'll be intrigued and delighted by this rare space dedicated entirely to the appreciation and teaching of the art of traditional bookmaking. The first center of its kind on the West Coast, San Francisco Center for the...
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151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
It had been a long wait for modern art lovers, but after a three-year closure and a $305 million renovation and expansion, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) reopened in May 2016, and was it ever worth the wait. A new 10-story...
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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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San Francisco, CA, USA
With all the gadgets and high-tech gear aimed at entertaining kids these days, it's a welcome respite to climb aboard the jewel-encrusted dragons and ornate zoo animals of this historic carousel in Yerba Buena Gardens. It was built between...
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0-11, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
The '60s and '70s in San Francisco were synonymous with psychedelic "hobbies," but tripping in the new millennium on Pier 39 is something you can now enjoy, legally, with the entire family. This labyrinth of 77 mirrors and black lights...
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Spreckels Lake, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
Sailing on the windy waters of the San Francisco Bay is a beloved pastime, but if you can't get out there then head to Golden Gate Park, where you'll find an unassuming clubhouse on Spreckels Lake, both designed and dedicated to a niche hobby...
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Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Get a small-town experience just a short ferry ride or an easy drive from San Francisco in Sausalito. The town is known for its seaside charm, but there are a few not-to-miss things to do while you're there.
1. Grab lunch at one of the many...
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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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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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Presidio, San Francisco, CA, USA
You know summertime in San Francisco has arrived when the Presidio Picnic by Off the Grid and Presidio Trust returns. It's San Francisco’s largest community picnic and is held each Sunday from mid-March through October on the Main Parade...
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Presidio, San Francisco, CA, USA
For more than 200 years, the Presidio of San Francisco was one of the most important military posts on the West Coast. Now it's 1,491 acres of prime real estate, sporting amazing views and so much to do that you could easily spend a weekend and...
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500 Avenue N, San Francisco, CA 94130, USA
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Along with a great view of San Francisco, Treasure Island is home to a popular flea market, formerly Treasure Island Flea, and now called TreasureFest. Each month around 400 curated vendors set up and peddle their wares. Stalls offer antiques,...
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San Francisco, CA, USA
Even if you live here, exploring San Francisco's eclectic neighborhoods makes a fun day out, and with City Guides, it's also free. Founded in 1978, the nonprofit organization has more than 200 trained volunteers who lead history and...
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Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, USA
It's a street, it's a music venue, it's a district, and...it's a fun way to spend a day or weekend in San Francisco. Hemmed in on the east by Japantown, on the south by the Fillmore Jazz District, and on the north by swanky Pacific Heights with...
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926 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
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This refurbished airplane hangar on scenic Crissy Field calls itself an adrenaline park. Inside, kids and adults alike blow off steam in an 8,000-square-foot trampoline playground with padded walls. Skip after-work cocktails and instead drop in...
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740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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When you think of a chocolate factory, a hip and airy space in the heart of one of the city's hottest neighborhoods may not spring to mind. But therein lies the surprise that is Dandelion Chocolate: part factory, part café, part...
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San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
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Once a U.S. Army airfield, Crissy Field has undergone an amazing transformation over the past 20 years and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A popular spot for dog walkers, bikers, runners, and families, the 1.5-mile...
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1507 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
When Diane Campbell was 10, she sold gummy bears in plastic bags from her locker. Now she has a whole sweet shop to herself, just off Polk Street. You'll always find a smile on her face as she scoops out more than 300 kinds of candy, including...
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300 Finley Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
The stunning Presidio Golf Course, on the grounds of the former U.S. Army military fort, is one of the oldest courses on the West Coast, established in 1895, and it's renowned for its thousands of towering eucalyptus and pine trees and its...
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678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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One of San Francisco's (over-the-) top attractions has welcomed more than 6 million people from around the world to experience what began in 1974 as a small musical revue at the Savoy Tivoli. Beach Blanket Babylon is now the...
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Tiburon, CA 94920, USA
Hop aboard the ferry at Pier 41 in San Francisco, or from the town of Tiburon, and spend a day on the largest and most beautiful island in the bay—Angel Island State Park. You can bring your own bike, or rent one when you arrive, and ride...
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1705 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
For anyone who likes beer and appreciates how it's made, with a little local history on the side, the Anchor Brewing Company guided tour is a not-to-miss San Francisco experience. The tour starts out in the right place—in the taproom. Here...
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San Francisco, CA, USA
An evening at the theater takes a trippy twist when guests sit in total darkness and listen to "sound sculptures." The auditory event is more like meditation than performance, and sounds such as synthesized tones and bubbling stream sounds...
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560 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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Sake, a premium Japanese liquor, is often called a rice wine. In actuality, rice starch is converted to sugar, which is converted to alcohol by yeast, thus the sake brewing process is actually more closely related to beer. Whatever the science...
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Pier 45, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Musée Mécanique, at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf, is one of the largest privately held collections of vintage mechanical arcade machines in the world. Displaying some 200 pieces from the more than 300 acquired by Edward G....
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1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
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If walls could talk, you’d be stuck in conversation with the Fillmore for hours. The building was a dance hall when it opened in 1912 and a roller rink during the 1940s, and led its first concerts in 1952 with artists like James Brown and...
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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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2124 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The Cheese School of San Francisco is America’s only independent cheese school, so if you're a dairy-loving cheese wiz, you've come to the right place. The school offers a slew of classes on everything from making mozzarella and burrata to...
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315 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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Hailed by Slate as the Apple of coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee is largely responsible for starting the oft-cited “third wave” of coffee roasters, changing the face of commercial brewing that companies like Starbucks had for so long had a...