10Best San Francisco, CA Attractions
If you want an unforgettable and defining San Francisco moment, take the tour of the Farallon Islands. It's just twenty miles offshore, but a whole world away.
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New & Notable San Francisco Attractions
Hot, new San Francisco attractions & notable things you should do this month.
Already spoiled with some of the best hiking trails in the country, the Bay Area just added one more: the Devil's Slide Trail. Part of the ambitious California Coastal Trail project, this trail is perched high off the Pacific Coast on the same stretch of Highway One that white-knuckled the bravest of commuters for years. Devil's Slide Trail is unique not only in its views but in its accessibility for the whole family. Read more »All New & Notable San Francisco Attractions »
San Francisco's most famous tower is refinished and ready for visitors. After years and years of patchwork renovations, SF Park and Rec spearheaded a major renovation to the iconic tower. One of the hallmark photo-ops if you approach San Francisco by ferry, Coit Tower also houses large, gorgeous frescos from the Works Era program of the late 1920's. Read more »All New & Notable San Francisco Attractions »
With winter still blanketing much of the country, now's the time to think of flowers. Read more at USA TODAY »
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 citys manmade landmarks, especially the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, dress nature with vintage architecture, creating easily identifiable features. San Franciscos 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 worlds crookedest street. This same rolling terrain inspired cable cars, which still ferry visitors along photo-popular routes in the citys 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 nations 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.
- San Francisco Expert Kelly Sigmon