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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Hot, new San Francisco attractions & notable things you should do this month.
After a long, successful run at the Palace of the Fine Arts, the Exploratorium, San Francisco's signature museum for kids of all ages, has moved to Pier Fifteen on the Embarcadero. Featuring free outdoor exhibits that exploit the immediate beauty of the San Francisco Bay, the Exploratorium is a must-see (and feel, hear, taste and touch!) for visitors with curious minds and playful hearts. Read more »All New & Notable San Francisco Attractions »
Often called the "Galapagos of California," there's simply no place on Earth like the Farallon Islands. Recently made infamous by Susan Casey's riveting book, The Devil's Teeth, these mysterious, rocky islands are off-limits to everyone but a small staff of biologists. No problem - the cold, deep waters all around the island are where all the action is. Read more »All New & Notable San Francisco Attractions »
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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