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San Francisco – America's Golden Gate

Sаn Frаnсiѕсо, California iѕ also known as "The City bу thе Bау". Thе City аnd Cоuntу of Sаn Francisco iѕ the fоurth mоѕt рорulоuѕ сitу in California аnd the fourteenth mоѕt populous сitу in thе U.S., with аn еѕtimаtеd populated оf 744,041 as оf 2006. The city iѕ mоѕt wеll-knоwn for itѕ сhillу ѕummеr fog, steep rоlling hillѕ, eclectic mix оf Viсtоriаn аnd modern аrсhitесturе, аnd its реninѕulаr lосаtiоn.

A Shоrt Infо Abоut Sаn Francisco

As оnе оf the lаrgеѕt сitiеѕ оn the West Cоаѕt, Sаn Francisco has a соlоrful history. Althоugh muсh оf thе сitу was dеѕtrоуеd by аn earthquake in 1906, thеrе are still mаnу areas that are rесоgnizеd bу tоuriѕtѕ. Sаn Frаnсiѕсо iѕ broken down into diѕtinсt nеighbоrhооdѕ. In tоtаl, thеrе аrе more thаn 40 ѕuсh ѕесtiоnѕ thrоughоut thе city. Each nеighbоrhооd hаѕ its оwn аmbiаnсе, оftеn rеflесting a diffеrеnt рiесе оf San Francisco's eclectic hiѕtоrу. For еxаmрlе, mаnу реорlе еnjоу visiting thе Miѕѕiоn Diѕtriсt. Thiѕ neighborhood iѕ the оldеѕt in the сitу with a history thаt саn be traced bасk to 1776. Bесаuѕе оf this, thе Miѕѕiоn Diѕtriсt has ѕtrоng Mеxiсаn tiеѕ, and mаnу guеѕtѕ enjoy viѕiting Mission Dolores, whеrе thе earliest Mеxiсаn rеѕidеntѕ оf thе сitу аrе buried

Whеrе tо Gо аnd Whаt tо Dо

Givеn bеlоw аrе thе рорulаr tоuriѕt ѕроtѕ in Sаn Frаnсiѕсо:

  1. Gоldеn Gаtе Bridge

    One of the wоrld'ѕ mоѕt fаmоuѕ bridges, the Gоldеn Gаtе Bridge with itѕ art dесо dеtаiling аnd graceful linеѕ spans 1.7 miles. On an аvеrаgе day, nеаrlу 125,000 vеhiсlеѕ will trаvеl асrоѕѕ the bridgе. Fоr еаѕе in ассеѕѕing thе bridgе, there iѕ аlѕо a реdеѕtriаn walkway tо wаlk оr сусlе асrоѕѕ. Plus, thе Gоldеn Gаtе Bridgе iѕ аmоng thе most photographed ѕtruсturеѕ оn thе planet.

  2. Cable car ridе

    Cable саrѕ аrе a рорulаr form оf trаnѕроrt along the сitу streets and have been in uѕе since thе 1870's. Thеrе are thrее routes whiсh ореrаtе via undеrgrоund саblеѕ to help thе cable саrѕ move on the trасkѕ. Riding a саblе car is сhеар, uѕuаllу $7, and a gives a perfect орроrtunitу tо view ѕоmе оf thе spectacular ѕсеnеrу and celebrated hills.

  3. Alсаtrаz

    A viѕit tо Alcatraz Island is сеrtаin tо рrоvidе оnе оf thе mоѕt intеrеѕting Sаn Frаnсiѕсо attractions. It wаѕ once a prison thаt iѕ ѕituаtеd on аn iѕlаnd in Sаn Francisco Bау and hоuѕеd mаnу of the mоѕt notorious сriminаlѕ in the соuntrу. Alсаtrаz closed аѕ a рriѕоn in thе 1960'ѕ аnd hаѕ nоw bесоmе a рорulаr tourist аttrасtiоn. Bесаuѕе оf thе popularity оf thiѕ fаѕсinаting dеѕtinаtiоn, it bеnеfitѕ tо book tickets еаrlу to mаkе it possible tо viѕit аt thе рrеfеrrеd time. A соmрlеtе cell-house tour iѕ рrоvidеd tо make it роѕѕiblе tо learn all аbоut the рriѕоn grounds аnd buildingѕ.

  4. Pier 39

    Piеr 39 is a рорulаr dеѕtinаtiоn fоr tоuriѕtѕ tо viѕit аnd inсludеѕ a variety оf ѕhорѕ, ѕtrееt реrfоrmеrѕ, video аrсаdеѕ, аnd wаtеrfrоnt rеѕtаurаntѕ. One of the mоѕt appealing раrtѕ of Piеr 39 is the ѕеа liоnѕ that are often seen оn thе flоаtѕ in thе mаrinа. Pluѕ, оthеr аttrасtiоnѕ local tо thе area include Riрlеу'ѕ Bеliеvе It оr Nоt!, Mаdаmе Tussauds, and thе Sаn Frаnсiѕсо Dungеоn.

  5. Uniоn Squаrе

    Fоr the ѕеriоuѕ shoppers dесiding оn what to dо in Sаn Frаnсiѕсо thе ѕmаll bоutiԛuеѕ аnd lаrgе dераrtmеnt stores in thе Uniоn Squаrе аrеа are certain tо арреаl. Thе Wеѕtfiеld Sаn Frаnсiѕсо Cеntrе iѕ сеntrаllу located аnd givеѕ ассеѕѕ tо some оf thе mоѕt рrеѕtigiоuѕ lifеѕtуlе, bеаutу, аnd fаѕhiоn stores.

  6. Chinаtоwn

    Chinаtоwn is situated nеаr tо North Beach аnd is rоughlу bоundеd by Bush Street and Grаnt Avеnuе. It iѕ home tо thе ѕесоnd lаrgеѕt соmmunitу оf Chinеѕе реорlе in thе US аftеr Nеw Yоrk. Stосktоn and Grant аrе thе twо main streets оf Chinatown. Hаvе a glimpse of mаgnifiсеnt gаtеѕ оf Chinаtоwn especially the оnе at the southern еntrаnсе.

Aссоmmоdаtiоn in Sаn Francisco

Sаn Frаnсiѕсо rеntаl tуреѕ саn inсludе cozy out of thе way соttаgеѕ, hiѕtоriс and charming bеd аnd brеаkfаѕtѕ, mоdеѕt hotel and motel rооmѕ оr luxury ѕuitеѕ. Rentals аrе available fоr mоѕt оf thеѕе bу thе night or bу thе wееk. Thiѕ fabulous сitу offers аѕ much in thе way оf ассоmmоdаtiоn сhоiсеѕ as it dоеѕ in еntеrtаinmеnt choices.

Climate

If уоu аrе рlаnning a vасаtiоn in Sаn Frаnсiѕсо assuming that climate rеmаinѕ ѕunnу 365 dауѕ a year, then you аrе miѕtаkеn. The tеmреrаturе hеrе is еxtrеmеlу vоlаtilе. Sometimes thе temperature in thiѕ city gоеѕ bеуоnd 70 F аnd ѕоmеtimеѕ it rains during wintеrѕ, hеnсе, it mау lоwеr dоwn уоur еxреriеnсе оf holidaying in thiѕ рlасе. Thеrеfоrе, thе bеѕt timе tо viѕit Sаn Frаnсiѕсо iѕ in the mоnthѕ of Aрril and October. Thе сlimаtе is рlеаѕаnt during thiѕ time but уоu mау need саrrуing wаrm clothes.

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Alcatraz

Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
The well-known Alcatraz once served as a prison with famous inmates like Al Capone. Nowadays, this place is a great museum of its history. You are invited to see his cell house, dining room, library, lighthouse and much more. Although you can explore the island on your own, there are a number of free tours and programs available. If you prefer a guided visit, opt for the night tour, which includes more comments. You can reach the island on commercial ferries - tickets are sold by date and time. The time you can spend on the island is limited only by the last ferry. It is strongly recommended to buy tickets in advance, as they are often sold out. Also note that the island hosts thousands of seabirds - do not feed or disturb them.
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Palace of Fine Arts

3301 Lyon Street, 94123
Built in 1915, this palace is the only building left over from the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, although it was built for the duration of the exhibition. With its beautiful architecture reminiscent of an ancient Roman ruin, the palace is now a frequent meeting place for wedding shootings and other photographic events. Locals and tourists often come here to go for a walk and meditate and watch the nearby garden. Besides observing, you can also visit the Palace of Fine Arts, which offers a variety of performances. There is a small car park in the area, but you can also take the bus here (Richardson Ave & Francisco St Station, Lines 2, 4, 8, 18, 24, 27, 28, 30, 38, 44, 54, 56 , 56) 58, 70, 72, 74, 76, 91 and 93).
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Mission District

2807 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Originally inhabited by the Ohlone inhabitants, then by the Spaniards who came here in the 1770s and formed the basis for the later San Francisco. This "hipster paradise" is the center of Latin American culture here. Take a walk around this neighborhood and get an overview of the history and cultural norms of San Francisco. This place has always been home to those who have not been anywhere else - for example, one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the US in the 1980s. Artists stroll the streets at any time of the day and are currently favored by people dressed in boho style, drinking beer or espresso and visiting various theaters. Examples of this free-spirited culture are the famous murals that cover many buildings. This public art form gave this place its charm. The murals are created by world class painters and aspiring beginners. There are regular festivals, carnivals and parades throughout the year. Whether 24th Street Fair, San Francisco Food Fair, Party in Block 18 or Hunky Jesus Contest, everyone will find something for themselves.
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Mission Dolores Basilica

Dolores Street
Built in 1776, this historic mission is San Francisco's oldest surviving building. It was founded by the Spaniards and was called Misión San Francisco de Asís (after the Christian Saint Francis of Assisi). The Mission Dolores Parish consists of two main buildings - the Old Mission and the imposing Mission Dolores Basilica (built in 1918). In addition to visiting the Basilica and the Old Mission, you can visit the tranquil gardens or cemetery where many important San Francisco citizens are buried. Since this is an active Catholic Church, you should visit the official website before your visit. During Christian events, it may be closed to the public.
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De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 94118, San Francisco
Opened in 1895, this long-standing museum is located in the Golden Gate Park and offers its visitors an insight into the art collection. It is one of the two art museums in San Francisco and was founded by the newspaper man MH de Young. From modern paintings and sculptures to old American pottery, this museum has fun all afternoon - even though it is relatively small, it takes about three hours to see all the exhibits. The building of the museum is very modern, the whole of the premises is wheelchair accessible. There is also a Japanese garden next to it. Do not miss the museum's observation tower - it offers great views of the city and is accessible at no extra charge. If you're on a budget, you probably want to avoid the museum's café, which is a bit expensive. So parking is near the museum if you can, try to find a parking spot in one of the nearby streets or take a bus. On the first Tuesday of the month and for members with membership, admission is free. There are also various lectures, guided tours and symposia that take place in the museum. More information can be found on the museum's website.
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Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason Street, San Francisco
This museum in San Francisco is the place to visit if you are not interested in ropeways or machines. Here you can not only go through the exhibition, you can also go by cable car yourself. Founded in 1974, the museum is run by the Friends of the Cable Car Museum as a nonprofit organization. Admission is free. Inside you will find photographs of cable cars and much information about them, as well as numerous items related to the cable car. These range from big engines like small handles. The most popular are three whole cable cars from the 1830s. The museum presents an interesting approach to presenting his objects. You can see different parts of the cable cars that are still running. So you will also learn how the cable cars have worked accurately through observation. There is also a small shop next to the museum, where you can buy various souvenirs, including real bells of the cable car.
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

151 3rd Street, 94103, San Francisco
This huge museum is also known as SFMOMA and houses an incredibly rich collection of modern and contemporary art. Before you enter the house, you can admire the impressive architecture of the building. Inside you have the opportunity to explore more than 30,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures and photography. Admire the collections of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Roy Lichtenstein. You are also invited to participate in a series of exhibition tours, galleries, and other events organized by the museum. It is strongly recommended that you book your tickets in advance. When all online tickets are booked, there are a limited number of tickets available on-site. Note that even those who can participate for free (under 18 years and members) must purchase a ticket.
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Hyde Street Pier

Hyde and Jefferson Sts., San Francisco, California, 94109, United States
If you are a fan of ships and maritime history, be sure to visit this place. You can get aboard a 19th-century steamship, a schooner, a steel tug and many more landmark vessels. The ships located here are no imitations. These are the authentic ships that were crossing the seas nearly two centuries ago. Apart from visiting the maritime-focused museum and research center, you can also join one of the many programs and events organized here - such as Ranger-led tours. In addition, the pier offers magnificent views of the city bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Mechanical Museum

Fishermans Wharf, 94133, San Francisco, US
The Musée Mécanique is a for-profit interactive museum consisting of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts located at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California. The museum owns over 300 mechanical machines, and is one of the largest privately owned collection of such games in the world.
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Sports

Ocean Beach

1353 Great Hwy San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
This beautiful beach of San Francisco is a popular destination for swimmers and surfers. However, many of the two groups have died there because of the dangerous currents and waves. So if you want to swim, be careful. The beach is overlooked by Cliff House - a popular spot that has been home to two restaurants since the 19th century (the current is the fifth Cliff House built on this site). There was also an amusement park called Playland (also founded in the 19th century), which was closed in 1972. Before you visit, be sure to check the weather forecast, as the weather is often cold, foggy and windy.
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Baker Beach

This half a mile long sandy beach with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge is often crowded on weekends. The northern part is for nudists.
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Lands End

Lands End Trail San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
Lands End is a park in San Francisco within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is a rocky and windswept shoreline at the mouth of the Golden Gate, situated between the Sutro District and Lincoln Park and abutting Fort Miley Military Reservation. A memorial to the USS San Francisco stands in the park. Numerous hiking trails follow the former railbeds of the Ferries and Cliff House Railway along the cliffs and also down to the shore. The most-traveled trail in Lands End is the Coastal Trail, a section of the California Coastal Trail that follows the railbed of the old Cliff House Railway. This trail is handicap-accessible until the Mile Rock Overlook, and bike accessible until the Eagles Point steps. A spur trail takes users to Mile Rock Point and Mile Rock Beach, which offer views of the Golden Gate.
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AT&T Park

24 Willie Mays Plaza, 94107
This stadium is home to the well-known San Francisco Giants. The modern stadium also offers a magnificent view of the bay.
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Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is a multi-purpose arena in San Francisco, California, named after promoter Bill Graham. The arena holds 8,500 people.
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TPC Harding Park

99 Harding Road, 94132, San Francisco
TPC Harding Park, formerly Harding Park Golf Club and commonly known as Harding Park, is a municipal golf course on the West Coast of the United States, located in western San Francisco, California. It is owned by the city and county of San Francisco. It is now a part of the PGA Tour's Tournament Players Club network of courses, following an agreement between the tour and the city that was announced on November 3, 2010. It is located in the southwest area of San Francisco, on the west side of San Francisco State University, and surrounded by Lake Merced on its other three sides. The entrance is at Harding Road, which connects to Skyline Boulevard on the east.
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Presidio Golf Course

300 Finley Road, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Located in the Presidio San Francisco urban park, this golf course was - quite amusingly - operated by the military before opening it to the public.
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Restaraunts

Little Italy

Officially called North Beach, this neighborhood has long been home to the numerous Italian-American populations of San Francisco. The Beatnik culture was also born here and writers like Kerouac or Ginsberg lived and created their works. Located around Columbus Avenue and Washington Square, the district still creates an Italian atmosphere, though the days when it was populated only by Italians are long gone. Visitors can stroll through cafes, pizzerias, gelaterias and restaurants preparing Italian food on every corner. The district is easy to spot, because even today Italian flags are visible on the lanterns.
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The Embarcadero

1 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
This bustling waterfront boasts imposing historic piers, lively bars and cozy restaurants. If you want to visit the island of Alcatraz, the ferry departs from Pier 33. There is also the famous Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - a popular spot for locals and tourists. Among the most visited places are the Ferry Building Marketplace (a large shopping center with nearly 50 shops), the Aquarium of the Bay or Ghirardelli Square (another shopping center). If you fancy science, visit the Exploratorium (Pier 15) - an interactive science museum. Even if you do not want to visit any of the attractions or bars, the Embarcadero is a great place for a pleasant walk. It is also a popular place for walking, jogging and inline skating.
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Ferry Building Marketplace

1, 94111, San Francisco
This beautiful building is located in the heart of the city and has many restaurants, shops and a famous market square where a farmer's market takes place three times a week. The market is known for the variety of local produce such as vegetables, cheeses, flowers, breads, jams and everything you can imagine. In addition, there are at some food stalls both local and international cuisine.
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Japantown

1574 Geary St San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
This cultural district, also called J-Town, is home to many specialty shops, shops and restaurants. It is also considered the largest ethnic district in San Francisco. If you like Japanese food, this is certainly a place you should not miss. The neighborhood hosts two major festivals: the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Nihonmachi Street Fair. There are also other cultural and gastronomic events throughout the year. Even if you do not look for Japanese food, the area has much to offer. There are numerous museums, cultural centers and entertainment venues that introduce you to Japanese culture, art and customs.
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Buena Vista

2765 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
The Buena Vista is a café in San Francisco, credited with introducing Irish coffee to the United States in 1952. It opened in 1916 when the first floor of a boardinghouse was converted into a saloon. The current owners also operate the Trident in Sausalito.
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Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

900 North Point St San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
One of the symbols of San Francisco, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company was founded in 1852. Hop in the shop to buy some sweet souvenirs or to get one of their renowned sundaes - if not sure which one to order, go for the World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae.
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Boudin Bakery

160 Jefferson Street, San Francisco
Founded in 1849, this bakery has been catering to San Franciscans the best sourdough French bread in California. This is no ordinary bakery - apart from buying bread and dining with a view of the bay, you can also see bakers at work through an observation window. It also houses a museum which will inform you about the history of baking.
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Market Street

Market St San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Although not as long as the famous Mission Street, this street is well-known for being lined with numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels. The street is also home to various festivities and parades throughout the year. Be sure to check the elegant buildings along it and enjoy the ambiance of the city.
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Macy's

251-281 Geary Street
An iconic department store (biggest in the city) which cannot be missed by any shopaholic. There is a huge selection of clothing, housewares, and cosmetics products, as well as a number of dining facilities available. Head to the eighth floor for amazing views of the Union Square.
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Going Out

Pier 39

Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
A shopping mall with many attractions in the Fisherman's Wharf district of San Francisco. There's something of everything here - shopping, great fresh seafood, talented street performers and all sorts of attractions (such as the Aquarium or the Musical Stairs). It is also a great place to celebrate and socialize. Here you can easily spend a whole afternoon. St. Patrick's Day celebrations, 4th of July celebrations and other cultural events are organized there, as well as many parties (eg scooter disco party, summer dance parties etc.), free movie nights or other gatherings (eg Fleet Week). If you can not see the sea lions that can always be seen at Pier 39, you can see them later on the special webcam on Pier 39's official website.
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Castro

125 Hancock St San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
If the word LGBT means something to you, be sure to visit one of the oldest gay neighborhoods in the United States. Explore the area's many attractions including the LGBT Walk of Fame, LGBT museums and theaters. It goes without saying that there are many events taking place throughout the year to celebrate the Castro community. The whole area is literally filled with rainbows. Take a quick tour of the neighborhood and discover dozens of rainbow flags, rainbow-colored shops and cafes serving special rainbow items such as cakes and other sweets. There are even rainbow pedestrian crossings.
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Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street, 94114, San Francisco
The Castro Theatre is a popular San Francisco movie palace which became San Francisco Historic Landmark #100 in September 1976. Located at 429 Castro Street, in the Castro district, it was built in 1922 with a Spanish Colonial Baroque façade that pays homage—in its great arched central window surmounted by a scrolling pediment framing a niche—to the recently rebuilt basilica of Mission Dolores nearby. Its designer, Timothy L. Pflueger, also designed Oakland's Paramount Theater and other movie theaters in California in that period. The theater has over 1,400 seats. The theater's ceiling is the last known leatherette ceiling in the United States and possibly the world. Another leatherette ceiling was unfortunately demolished just a few years ago. To make the ceiling look as though it is leather requires a special technique regarded as lost today.
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Wave Organ

83 Marina Green Dr, San Francisco, CA 94123, United States
The Wave Organ is a sculpture constructed on the shore of San Francisco Bay in May 1986 by the Exploratorium. Through a series of pipes, the Wave Organ interacts with the waves of the bay and conveys their sound to listeners at several different stations. The effects produced vary depending on the level of the tide but include rumbles, gurgles, sloshes, hisses, and other more typical wave sounds. The structure incorporates stone platforms and benches where visitors may sit near the mouths of pipes, listening. The Wave Organ is located at the end of a spit of land extending from the Golden Gate Yacht Club. The stone pieces used in its construction were salvaged from the demolition of the Laurel Hill Cemetery in San Francisco. Exploratorium artist in residence Peter Richards conceived and designed the organ, working with sculptor and mason George Gonzales.
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The Mrs. Doubtfire House

2640 Steiner Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
The exterior of this house served for shots of Mrs.Doubtfire' house, the 1993 movie starring Robin Williams. Interestingly, unlike in other movies, the real address is actually mentioned in this one - so note down 2640 Steiner Street and take a look at this stately house you remember from the famous comedy film.
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Conservatory of Flowers

100 John F Kennedy Drive, 94118-4504
Located in the famous Golden Gate Park, this conservatory dates back to 1878, which makes it the oldest building in the park. It houses more than 1500 plant species, including exotic and rare ones. If you want to learn more about the conservatory, you can join a guided tour led by a docent.
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SoMa (South of Market Street)

South of Market is a relatively large neighborhood in San Francisco, California, United States which is located just south of Market Street, and contains several sub-neighborhoods including: South Beach, Mission Bay, and Rincon Hill. SoMa is home to many of the city's museums, to the headquarters of several major software and Internet companies, and to the Moscone Conference Center.
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Embarcadero Center

Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States
Embarcadero Center is a commercial complex of five office towers, two hotels, an underground shopping center with more than 125 stores, bars and restaurants, two movie theaters, and fitness center on three levels. There is an outdoor ice skating rink during winter months. Embarcadero Center sits on a 9.8-acre site located off the Embarcadero in the financial district of San Francisco. Developed by Trammell Crow, David Rockefeller and John Portman, construction began with Tower One in 1971, with the last off-complex extension, Embarcadero West, completed in 1989.
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Top of the Mark

999 California St San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
The Top of the Mark is a rooftop bar located at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill at California and Mason Streets in San Francisco, California. Located at the highest point of downtown San Francisco, on fog-free days the Top of the Mark has views of the financial district, Chinatown, North Beach, The San Francisco Bay, and of Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park.
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Hiking

Coit Tower

1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
This Art Deco tower was built in 1933 and is reminiscent of Lillie Hitchcock Coit - a San Francisco resident who (after her death) left a considerable amount of money to the city. It is located on Telegraph Hill and is one of the landmarks of San Francisco. When the weather is nice, the view from the observation deck is truly breathtaking. There is a lift that will take you there, so you do not have to worry about the tiring staircase. From the top you can see the whole city with the bay and take fantastic panoramic pictures.
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Twin Peaks

These peaks are located in the middle of San Francisco and are among the highest points of the city (about 280 meters high). They are called "Eureka" and "Noe" by the locals and are a very popular hiking destination. When the weather is fine, the view from there is simply spectacular. You can see the whole city in front of you. If you look at the sunrise or sunset from the Twin Peaks, you can start or finish the day well. Prepare for a little steep climbing and most likely some wind (it's windy almost everywhere). However, it is a pleasant walk into a piece of nature in the middle of the busy city.
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Mission Dolores Park

94114
Often referred to simply as Dolores Park, this vast park makes for a great getaway from the city's rush and buzz. The park is visited for the majestic views it offers, as well as for plenty sporting facilities - tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball court and much more. For the best view of the city's skyline, head to the southwest corner of the park. This place is a popular chilling spot so it can get quite crowded, especially in summer. It is also the location of frequent events throughout the year, such as festivals, cultural performances, and various sporting events.
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Yerba Buena Gardens

750 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Situated in the heart of the city, these beautiful garden are a perfect hideaway from the ever-present buzz and rush. There's so much to do in this park - visit Dr King's memorial, explore numerous art centers and museums, go on a ride on a historic carousel, or just sit back and enjoy the unique atmosphere of one of the top urban parks in the US.
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Fort Point National Historic Site

Marine Drive, San Francisco
In order to preserve this Civil War era fortress, the bridge was built over it. Explore the complex and join a free guided tour to learn more about the history of the fort, as well as about the construction of the bridge. There is also a bookstore where you can buy historical books and other souvenirs. You may know the fort from various films including Hitchcock's Vertigo, and a number of games such as GTA: San Andreas.
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Japanese Tea Garden

75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 94102, San Francisco
The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California, is a popular feature of Golden Gate Park, originally built as part of a sprawling World's Fair, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Though many of its attractions are still a part of the garden today, there have been changes throughout the history of the garden that have shaped it into what it is today. The oldest public Japanese garden in the United States, this complex of many paths, ponds and a teahouse features plants and trees pruned and arranged in a Japanese style. The garden's 3 acres contain sculptures and structures influenced by Buddhist and Shinto religious beliefs, as well as many elements of water and rocks to create a calming landscape designed to slow people down.
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Presidio of San Francisco

Hitchcock St San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Turned into a vast recreational area at the end of the 20th century, this huge park served as a military facility for more than 200 years. Great place to have a picnic, watch the sunset or enjoy a walk through the forest. The first thing you should do is go to the Visitor Center where you can see various exhibits, grab a map of the park and plan an amazing day. You can also join one of the numerous educative walks and bike rides organized in the park.
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San Francisco Botanical Garden

1199 9th Avenue, 94122, San Francisco
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Its 55 acres include over 50,000 individual plants, representing over 8,000 taxa from around the world, with particular focus on Magnolia species, high elevation palms, and cloud forest species from Central America, South America and Southeast Asia.San Francisco's County Fair Building is located at the entrance to the garden.
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San Francisco Zoo

1 Zoo Rd, San Francisco, CA 94132, United States
Opened in 1926, this large zoo is home to more than 1000 animals from all around the world. There is also a children's zoo with sheep, goats, and donkeys. Before your visit, be sure to check the daily schedule of keeper talks, feedings, and encounters. You should not miss taking a spin on a beautiful vintage carousel located in the zoo.
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Playing

Bison Paddock

For quite an unusual encounter, head towards the western end of the park - you'll find a pasture with a herd of American bisons there. Walk along the right side of the enclosure for the best chance of spotting these huge animals.
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Relaxing

Lombard Street

Lombard Street
The junction of Leavenworth Street and Hyde Street in San Francisco is one of the city's most recognizable locations. It gained its popularity for its unusual form. The fairly steep descent road includes eight curves that are fairly close together. That is why it is sometimes called the "most crooked street in the world". It was built to facilitate the ascent to the hill. Due to its popularity, it gets quite crowded in summer when many tourists want to drive down the street. If you plan to visit it at this time, you should consider not to shut it down, but only on foot.
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Golden Gate Park

One of the most visited public parks in the USA. It is about three miles long and half a mile wide and covers more than 1000 acres of land. It is not only a park, but also many interesting sights. If you're an animal lover, do not miss the Buffalo Paddock or the Golden Gate Park Aquarium. If you are looking for quiet squares and Asian architecture, be sure to visit the Japanese tea garden. Museum lovers will be pleased to hear that there are even museums in the park - the California Academy of Science Museum and the de Young Museum. Every month many events are organized there. Visit the official website to not miss anything. There are many playgrounds for children and the general atmosphere of the park is very family friendly. There are no entrance fees for the park as such, but there may be a few for individual attractions - visit the official website.
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Union Square

333 Post St, San Francisco 94108, CA, USA
This place is a must for anyone looking for shopping. In addition to boutiques and shops of the most famous brands (eg Apple, Tiffany, Cartier or Victoria's Secret) you will find cafes and bars. Surrounded by numerous theaters and art galleries, the square is also a cultural center of the region. It is adorned with the Dewey Monument, which celebrates a hero of the Spanish-American War. The atmosphere is particularly impressive during the Christmas season, when there is always a huge Christmas tree and an ice rink in the middle of the square.
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Alamo Square

1345 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Located in a residential neighbourhood of the same name, this park is best known for its majestic views of downtown San Francisco. Surrounded by imposing Victorian houses, including the famous Painted Ladies, it is a popular chilling area for locals and tourists alike. Pack a snack, sit back, and enjoy your meal with an unforgettable view.
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Marshall Beach

Truly off the beaten track: this isolated beach can only be reached by foot and offers spectacular views of the Bridge. Though swimming is not advised here (due to strong currents and cold water) it is the perfect place for a leisurely beach stroll, accompanied by magnificent scenery. Sunsets are especially breathtaking here.
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Fort Mason

Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd., San Francisco, California, 94123, United States
Fort Mason, once known as San Francisco Port of Embarkation, US Army, in San Francisco, California, is a former United States Army post located in the northern Marina District, alongside San Francisco Bay. Fort Mason served as an Army post for more than 100 years, initially as a coastal defense site and subsequently as a military port facility. During World War II, it was the principal port for the Pacific campaign.Today it is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the site of several cultural facilities. The entire fort area is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, with over 49 buildings of historic significance, spread over 1,200 acres. while the lower port area is a National Historic Landmark District, designated for its role in World War II.
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Crissy Field Park

1199 E Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129, United States
Formerly a West Coast Army airfield, this spacious area is now a popular strolling place with great views of the Bay. Explore its many walking trails or head to Torpedo Wharf if looking for a place to fish (you don't need a license here). Be advised that the coastal area is usually quite windy around noon - come early in the morning or bring sunglasses to protect your eyes from sand.
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Crissy Field Marsh and Beach

If you have had enough of Presidio sightseeing, a nice option to go for is a stroll along this sandy beach. Take in the amazing views of Golden Gate Bridge and observe various water birds and local plants. It is also a popular running and biking spot.
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Buena Vista Park

498 Buena Vista Avenue East San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Buena Vista Park is a park in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco, California. It is the oldest official park in San Francisco, established in 1867 as Hill Park, later renamed Buena Vista. It is bounded by Haight Street to the north, and by Buena Vista Avenue West and Buena Vista Avenue East. The park is on a steep hill that peaks at 575 feet, and covers 37 acres. The lowest section is the north end along Haight.
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Shopping

Fisherman's Wharf

This area of ​​San Francisco is best known for its many tourist attractions and fresh seafood. There are many annual events (eg crab food, liquor week or celebrations on July 4th) for both tourists and locals. It got its name in the 1880s, when the fishermen settled here. Today you can sample local seafood, visit some of the shops (eg Pier 39, Cannery Shopping Center, etc.), the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park or Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. Fisherman's Wharf was one of the filming locations of the movie A View to a Kill (from the James Bond series).
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Chinatown San Francisco

Visit the largest and also the oldest Chinatown of the USA (from the year 1848). It is a friendly neighborhood where you can experience the true Chinese American culture. There are not only many souvenir shops, but also many small restaurants where you can taste traditional Chinese food. It is also a good place to shop for cheap food. Before visiting Chinatown, be sure to visit the official website, as there are many events taking place throughout the year in the district. You can turn your visit into something special by, for example, watching the Lion Dance performance.
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Ghirardelli Square

900 North Point Street, Suite E100, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
What used to be a factory complex today is home to trendy restaurants and chic shops. The history of this place is very interesting. Domenico Ghirardelli, the owner of the city block, became the headquarters of his chocolate company. When production was relocated in 1962, a few San Francisco bought the property and converted it into a retail complex. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unique places to shop and eat in San Francisco. Discover some of the original shops, dine in one of the stylish restaurants and enjoy the beautiful views of the bay.
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826 Valencia / The Writing Center

826 Valencia St., between 19th and 20th Sts., San Francisco, California, 94110, United States
Chris Ware's complex mural is definitely not easily grasped within a few moments of looking at it. It might seem quite chaotic at first but eventually, everyone will decipher some of its meaning. Generally, Ware's idea was to pay tribute to the human ability to communicate. His work decorates the building of the 826 Valencia organisation which supports the development of creative writing skills in young people.
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Westfield San Francisco Centre

845 Market Street, 94103, San Francisco
The Westfield San Francisco Centre is an upscale, urban shopping mall located in San Francisco, California, managed by the Westfield Group and co-owned by Westfield and Forest City Enterprises. It is anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's, and includes a Century Theatres multiplex, a Bristol Farms gourmet grocery store and a branch of San Francisco State University. It connects directly to the Powell Street transit station via an underground entrance.
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Union Street

1686 Union St., Cow Hollow, San Francisco, CA 94123
This picturesque street is popular not only for its Victorian atmosphere but also for the array of trendy boutiques and various stores that line it. This area is also a hip dining destination with dozens of eateries offering both local and international cuisines. Allow yourself a lot of time as there is much to explore.
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City Lights Booksellers

261 Columbus Avenue, 94133, San Francisco
City Lights is an independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California, that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. It also houses the nonprofit City Lights Foundation, which publishes selected titles related to San Francisco culture. It was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin. Both the store and the publishers became widely known following the obscenity trial of Ferlinghetti for publishing Allen Ginsberg's influential collection Howl and Other Poems. Nancy Peters started working there in 1971 and retired as executive director in 2007. In 2001, City Lights was made an official historic landmark. City Lights is located at 261 Columbus Avenue, on the nexus of North Beach and Chinatown in San Francisco.
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Divisadero Street

On this street, you can find an array of cozy restaurants with cuisines from all over the world, unique cafés and cool shops. It has recently become a very hip destination, attracting both locals and tourists. Wondering about the name? There are more theories concerning its origin. One suggests that it comes from the Spanish word "divisar", referring to the majestic view you can see from this area, the other one claims that it is connected to the street's initial purpose - dividing the city of San Francisco and the Presidio.
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Chestnut Street

Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA, USA
This lively shopping street supposedly offers everything you may need in your daily life - from beauty products and clothes to appliances and stationery. There is also an array of cafés, restaurants, and pubs, making the street an ideal meeting point both for locals and tourists.
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Sightseeing

Golden Gate Bridge

1401 El Camino Real San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
The nearly three-kilometer suspension bridge between San Francisco and Marin County is definitely the best-known icon of San Francisco. The construction was completed in 1937 and was until 1964 the longest suspension bridge. The bridge is seen in numerous films (eg Body Snatchers Invasion, The Day the Earth Stops or Superman) and in TV series (eg Charmed) the top of the bridge very often). On both sides of the bridge there are popular viewpoints - an ideal place to take photos. You can cross the bridge on foot or by bike, but be aware of the weather conditions and check the weather forecast before leaving. It's getting cold and windy there.
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Cable Cars

1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Cable cars are the moving icons of San Francisco. They are also the last active manual cable car system in the world. You can take the cable cars on three lines (of the 23 original lines built at the end of the 19th century). Today, they are more of a tourist attraction than a real part of public transport in San Francisco. No wonder the cable cars often appear in films. For example, yours, mine and ours or Mrs. Doubtfire are among the best known. You do not have to order your tickets in advance. They are sold by the leaders of the cable cars.
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Painted Ladies

716 Steiner Street, 94117, San Francisco
These homes, mass-built around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, are a favorite feature of any San Francisco photography. You may have seen her in the opening scene of the television series Full House. These Victorian and Edwardian homes were first mentioned in 1978 in a book "Painted Ladies - San Francisco's Magnificent Victorians". The newly coined term has since been used to describe it. They are easily recognizable by their multiple balconies and large verandas. Although there are many such houses in San Francisco, these 7 are the most iconic houses in Alamo Square. If you photograph them with the city in the background, you will surely get an unforgettable picture. The best time to visit is when the sun goes down to create even better photography opportunities.
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San Francisco City Hall

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place, 94102, San Francisco
The government of the city and the San Francisco district is located in this stunning Beaux-Arts building. The original old town hall, which replaced the present one, was completed in 1899 but completely destroyed during the earthquake in San Francisco (1906). The present town hall was completed in 1915. It has the highest dome in the US (even higher than the dome of the Capitol Building in Washington). It is a popular wedding venue, and has become even more popular since Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in 1954. There are no entrance fees and free guided tours are organized from Monday to Friday. For groups of eight or more, the tour must be booked online (at least 4 weeks before the visit). There are also fees.
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Haight-Ashbury

Haight-Ashbury gained popularity in 1967 during the "Summer of Love", when a huge number of American teenagers and young people came here experimenting with an alternative lifestyle, founding the Free Shop and the Free Clinic and preaching love. Although this became a complete catastrophe and people became dependent on drugs and / or homeless people, the neighborhood never lost prominence. Today you can come here to enjoy various vintage shops, craft beer bars and batik shirts (people actually wear and buy them here). Do not expect to experience the "good old 60's" as this place has become much more touristy and commercialized, but that does not mean that you will not feel the ambiance and remnants of the culture that once lived here. You will meet hippies strolling the streets; You have never really left this place. You do not come here without drugs, so you should reconsider visiting this area with small children. There is a 7 Haight Noriega bus that runs parallel to the road connecting it to the city center. There are also two tube stations near the N Line neighborhood, the Carl St & Stanyan St and the Duboce St / Noe St / Duboce Park.
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Transamerica Pyramid

600 Montgomery Street, 94111, San Francisco, US
Together with the Golden Gate, this building is an icon of San Francisco. Since its completion in 1972, the pyramid is one of the most famous places in the city. It used to be the headquarters of Transamerica Corporation, hence the name. The company headquarters is no longer there, but uses the silhouette of the tower as a logo. For security reasons, the building is not open to the public. You can only visit the visitor center on the ground floor to see the live pyramid view pyramids or read the exhibitions about the history of the building. There is also a gift shop with pyramid souvenirs.
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Pacific Heights Victorian Houses

The iconic Victorian homes in this area are definitely worth seeing. The architecture, combined with a majestic view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, makes this neighborhood one of the most charming in the city and a place you should not miss, even if you only visit SF for a short time , Apart from the most famous Painted Ladies, you can also spot some of the other houses that appear in various films (for example, Mrs. Doubtfire and Princess Diaries). If you are interested, you can join a guided tour of the area and learn more about the history of the city.
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Filbert Steps

Filbert Street
A 284-foot long walkway made out of wooden steps, leading to the top of the Telegraph Hill and the famous Coit Tower. A popular tourist attraction, these steps are surely one of the most famous stairways in the city. Even if the way up is reported to be a bit challenging, the climb up is definitely worthy for the exquisite views you get. Alongside the steps, there are well-maintained gardens and you will even encounter several sculptures. Look out also for grand Art Deco buildings that surround the stairway. Interestingly, you can even find a solitary parking meter next to the steps.
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Telegraph Hill

1436 Kearny St San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Originally known as Loma Alta, this neighborhood is overlooked by a nearly 180-foot tall tower offering majestic views of the entire San Francisco. This tranquil residential area is home to a flock of feral parrots, popularized by a book and documentary - The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. If looking for a scenic way how to reach the top of the hill, opt for two stairways - Filbert Steps and Greenwich Street Stairs. Apart from a bit of workout, you will also get great views along the way up.
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Traveling

Pier 33

Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
If you want to visit the famous island of Alcatraz, you should definitely remember this pier - it serves as a starting point for Alcatraz Cruises. The pier is conveniently located just a short walk from Pier 39. Various bus, cable car and train stops are within walking distance. You are kindly requested to arrive at least half an hour before departure. There is also a café and a gift shop.
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Nob Hill

1450 Clay St San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
After being settled in the 19th century, this area was quickly transformed into a rich and posh neighborhood, with an array of elegant mansions and exquisite hotels you can still marvel at today. It is also a popular tourist destination, for its great views of the bay and many sights you can visit. Don't forget to hop on a local cable car.
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Pier 7

After being demolished during the 1989 earthquake, this pier was rebuilt and designed to accommodate both tourists and fishers. Tourists will appreciate mainly the majestic view of the Transamerica Pyramid - don't forget to take your camera with you.
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Port of San Francisco

The Port of San Francisco is a semi-independent organization that oversees the port facilities at San Francisco, California, United States. It is run by a five-member commission, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Supervisors. The Port is responsible for managing the larger waterfront area that extends from the anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge, along the Marina district, all the way around the north and east shores of the city of San Francisco including Fisherman's Wharf and the Embarcadero, and southward to the city line just beyond Candlestick Point.
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Powell Street

Powell Street is a shared Muni Metro and Bay Area Rapid Transit station near the intersection of Market Street and Powell Street in downtown San Francisco. The station is located along the Market Street Subway and extends underground from Fourth Street to Fifth Street. Hallidie Plaza connects to the station on the north side of Market Street. Like all of the shared BART and Muni stations on the Market Street Subway, the concourse mezzanine is on the first level down, an island platform for the Muni Metro is on the second level down, and the island platform for BART is on the third level down. The Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable car lines turn around at Powell and Market, above the station. BART service at Powell Street station began on November 5, 1973, followed by Muni service on February 18, 1980. As of October 2017, Powell Street was the busiest station on weekends in the BART system.
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Civic Center

Civic Center/UN Plaza is a Bay Area Rapid Transit and Muni Metro station in the Civic Center of San Francisco. The westernmost of the dual BART/Muni stops on the Market Street Subway, Civic Center/UN Plaza acts as a major hub for passenger movement throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. With 18,432 exits each weekday, it is the fourth-busiest station in the BART system.
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16th Street Mission

16th Street Mission is a Bay Area Rapid Transit station located under Mission Street at 16th Street in the Mission District of San Francisco, California. Service at the station began, along with other stations between Montgomery Street Station and the Daly City station, on November 5, 1973.16th Street Mission station has two escalator and stair banks at the northeast and southwest corners of the intersection, which lead to a mezzanine under the intersection. A single row of faregates connects to a vaulted paid mezzanine centered over the platform area. The station has a single island platform serving two tracks. 24th Street Mission station has an identical design.
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Embarcadero

Embarcadero is a BART and Muni Metro station in the Financial District of San Francisco. The easternmost stop on the Market Street Subway, Embarcadero acts as a major hub for passenger movement throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. With 45,460 exits each weekday in 2015, Embarcadero is the busiest station in the BART system, a title for which it vies with its western neighbor, Montgomery Street. It is the first stop in San Francisco for BART trains after crossing through the Transbay Tube from West Oakland. This station was an infill station, opening in May 1976, three years after the rest of this section of BART's system; it was the first infill station in the BART system.
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Montgomery Street

Montgomery Street is a shared Muni Metro and Bay Area Rapid Transit subway station in the Financial District of San Francisco. It is located on the Market Street Subway beneath Market Street, between Montgomery Street and Sansome Street. Like all of the shared BART and Muni stations on the Market Street Subway, the concourse mezzanine is on the first level down, an island platform for the Muni Metro is on the second level down, and the island platform for BART is on the third level down. Both the Transbay Terminal and Golden Gate University are located on Mission Street, near Montgomery Station.
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Hotels

Hotel

615 Taylor Street, 94102, San Francisco
A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a modest-quality mattress in a small room to large suites with bigger, higher-quality beds, a dresser, a refrigerator and other kitchen facilities, upholstered chairs, a flat screen television, and en-suite bathrooms. Small, lower-priced hotels may offer only the most basic guest services and facilities.
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Palace Hotel

2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, California, 94105, United States

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

55 4th Street, 94103, San Francisco

Lombard Motor Inn

Lombard Street, San Francisco

Hotel Rex

562 Sutter Street

Cable Car Hotel

1388 California Street, 94109, San Francisco

Coventry Inn

1901 Lombard Street, San Francisco, US

Columbus Motor Inn

1075 Columbus Avenue

Sam Wong Hotel