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.
If you've ever visited San Francisco's Pier 39 on Fisherman's Wharf, you've heard the loud bark of the sea lions. Spread out over several floating docks on the bay, the sea lions have been posing for tourist photos for years. The brand new Sea Lion Center now reveals the fascinating history of these charismatic creatures. Read more »All New & Notable San Francisco Attractions »
If you catch some Vegas fever while in the Bay Area, you don't have to fly to Nevada for the cure. Graton Casino, California's latest casino, is just off Highway 101 in Rohnert Park, less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco. If you have an appetite for gambling - and for fine dining at one of their signature restaurants - head to Graton for big-time, super-sized, Las Vegas-style fun. Read more »All New & Notable San Francisco Attractions »
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