Best San Francisco, CA Attractions

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    10. AT&T Park

    Even if you're not a baseball fan, there's nothing that says San Francisco like taking in a Giants game. This modern park offers amazing bay views, and there's truly not a bad seat in the house. As far as food, you...

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    9. The Presidio Trust

    From the original Ohlone Indians to the Spanish, Mexican then finally American rule, the Presidio of San Francisco has been an integral part of the city's history. Situated in the northwest corner of the city, tucked...

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    8. Cable Cars

    In San Francisco, a cable car ride is a must! The city's signature mode of transport is perfectly equipped to tackle steep hills, and since their premiere in 1873, cars have run the same way -- by gripping huge loops...

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    7. Lands End Visitors Center

    This brand new visitor's center is worth the drive or bus fare to the end of Geary Boulevard. Besides framing unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean, the center offers great gifts and mementos, as well as a small...

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    6. Chinatown

    It's hard to imagine a trip to San Francisco without a Chinatown visit. Whether you make the grand entrance into Chinatown beneath the dramatic portal at Grant Avenue and Bush Street, or perhaps just happen upon the...

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    4. Alcatraz

    Once just an old prison, Alcatraz is enjoying a makeover as a native plant conservatory and historical "must-see." During Alcatraz's 34 years as a prison, most of its inmates were simply high-risk escapees and...

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    3. Golden Gate Park

    Considered the largest cultivated urban park in the country, this incredible haven boasts more than 1000 acres of gardens, meadows and woodlands. The park stretches three miles inland from the Bay, and within its...

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    2. Golden Gate Bridge

    One of the world's most famous bridges, the Golden Gate spans 6450 feet and links San Francisco to Marin County. Completed in 1937 at a cost of $35 million, the "Bridge That Could Not Be Built" is now a landmark...

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    1. The Ferry Building

    We're starting off this list with the Ferry Building because, whether by boat, car, bus, trolley or foot, all points lead from the San Francisco Ferry Building. Whether you want to hike the hills of North Beach, push...

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About San Francisco, CA Attractions

Geography alone ensures that San Francisco – nestled along the Bay and looking out towards the Marin Headlands – gets its due share of attention. However, the city’s manmade landmarks, especially the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, dress nature with vintage architecture, creating easily identifiable features. San Francisco’s hills also grant the city readymade character. Telegraph Hill, for example, is crowned by the Art Deco Coit Tower, which affords sweeping views and striking, WPA-commissioned murals. Russian Hill, with its steep grade, is the site of Lombard Street, whose switchbacks have earned it the nickname “world’s crookedest street.” This same rolling terrain inspired cable cars, which still ferry visitors along photo-popular routes in the city’s busiest neighborhoods. For a more sobering glimpse of San Francisco, take the short ride out to Alcatraz, whose crumbling remains offer a haunting look at the prison that once caged the nation’s most dangerous criminals. Back on the mainland, fascinating museums showcase art treasures from around the globe. The Asian Art Museum, in the Civic Center, is a wonderful repository of Eastern culture, and the de Young, in Golden Gate Park, now boasts a brand-new, copper-clad structure and a reconsidered layout – a glorious renewal years in the making.

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Senior editor Kelly Sigmon is Southern born and Ivy educated. During his tenure with the company, Kelly has prized being a mystery traveler and overseeing the printed 10Best Travel Guides for San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta.

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