• Angel Island 1

    Angel Island

    Best Known For...

    • The best urban hiking on the West Coast.
    • Immigration Station makes this the Ellis Island of the West Coast.
    • Overnight camping spots allows visitors plenty of time to really explore Angel Island.
    • Some of the best secret beaches the Bay area has to offer.
    • Fantastic kayaking around island.

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    Bernal Heights

    Visitors seeking true local flavor in San Francisco will find an excursion to bohemian Bernal Heights worthwhile. A commercial strip of small markets, barber shops, fruit stands, cafes, bars and restaurants on Cortland Avenue punctuates Bernal's mainly residential streets. The historic Alemany Farmers Market is the oldest existing farmers market in the United States and has operated in the same spot...  Read more »

     
  • Chinatown 3

    Chinatown

    Best Known For...

    • Tea and Dimsum
    • Knick knack shopping
    • Exotic spices
    • Views
    • Chinese New Year Parade

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  • Civic Center 4

    Civic Center

    Anchored at Market Street's end by the beautifully restored Ferry Building, this area encompass a lot of the city's finest shopping, hotels, and arts and culture centers, and borders other neighborhoods of interest such as Chinatown and SoMA.

    Starting on the water's edge, check out views of the Bay Bridge and indulge in the city's culinary powerhouse--the Ferry Building Marketplace (open daily) and...  Read more »

     
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    Downtown

    A mere block from campus, downtown Berkeley has been trying for years to shake off the brown-brick fustiness of a college-town mercantile district. Its retail clout has been outstripped by the far hipper Fourth Street Shopping Area. The city's cultural and civic nerve center, and home to the Berkeley Repertory Theater, downtown Berkeley seems to be finding its stride again as an entertainment and dining...  Read more »

     
  • Embarcadero 6

    Embarcadero

    Best Known For...

    • Bay views
    • Ferry Building shopping
    • Bay Bridge Lights
    • Bay dining
    • People watching

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  • Financial District 7

    Financial District

    Best Known For...

    • Cable Car on California Street
    • Shopping at Embarcadero Center
    • Barbary Coast Trail
    • Transamerica Pyramid Building

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  • Fisherman's Wharf 8

    Fisherman's Wharf

    Best Known For...

    • Seafood restaurants
    • Ferries to Alcatraz, Sausalito and Tiburon and Bay Cruises
    • Wax Museum
    • Tourist shopping
    • Local chocolate

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  • Golden Gate Park 9

    Golden Gate Park

    Cut from a sandy expanse once known as "Outside Lands," Golden Gate Park offers over 1,000 acres of outdoor fun within the city. Whether strolling around the Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens or the exotic Japanese Tea Garden, or renting a bicycle and riding past rhododendron dells, scenic Stow Lake, a Dutch Windmill, and a bison paddock (for real!), out to Ocean Beach, the park holds endless...  Read more »

     
  • Haight-Ashbury 10

    Haight-Ashbury

    Best Known For...

    • Hippies! Panhandlers.
    • Tie Dye T-shirts
    • Raves, Gentrification
    • Panhandle of Golden Gate Park
    • 60's culture

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  • Hayes Valley 11

    Hayes Valley

    Thanks to the movies, San Francisco's treats are well known. Fisherman's Wharf. Ghirardelli Square. Chinatown. Lombard Street. Plus, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world - The Golden Gate Bridge. Tour Alcatraz. Take a day trip to Muir Woods, home of the Giant Redwoods. Sample theme parks, attractions, museums and clubs. Citywide public transportation includes cable cars, buses, trolley...  Read more »

     
  • Japantown 12

    Japantown

    Thanks to the movies, San Francisco's treats are well known. Fisherman's Wharf. Ghirardelli Square. Chinatown. Lombard Street. Plus, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world - The Golden Gate Bridge. Tour Alcatraz. Take a day trip to Muir Woods, home of the Giant Redwoods. Sample theme parks, attractions, museums and clubs. Citywide public transportation includes cable cars, buses, trolley...  Read more »

     
  • Marin County 13

    Marin County

    Located north of San Francisco by way of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County is a natural jewel. Not only is it home to Muir Woods' majestic redwoods, Marin Headlands' rugged cliffs, and Mt. Tamalpais's breathtaking trails and views, but it also boasts some of California's most beautiful shoreline. Brave the hairpin turns of Highway 1 for unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean and spend the day exploring...  Read more »

     
  • Mission District 14

    Mission District

    Best Known For...

    • Dolores Park

    • Mission Dolores

    • Murals

    • Mexican Food

    • Vibrant Nightlife

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  • Nob Hill 15

    Nob Hill

    Best Known For...

    • Swanky hotels
    • Ritzy restaurants
    • Undiscovered nightlife
    • Phenomenal views
    • Fancy shopping

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  • North Beach 16

    North Beach

    Best Known For...

    • Italian food and culture
    • Steep hills and beautiful views
    • Coit Tower
    • Beat Generation
    • Washington Square

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  • Pacific Heights 17

    Pacific Heights

    This residential neighborhood boasts some of the city's finest houses and loveliest views. Fortunately, the wealthy district survived the 1906 earthquake, and its Victorian and Edwardian homes along Union Street now house hip boutiques, antique shops and cafes. Here you'll find the city's second-largest concentration of upscale shopping. While you're sightseeing, check out Spreckels Mansion,...  Read more »

     
  • Richmond District 18

    Richmond District

    Thanks to the movies, San Francisco's treats are well known. Fisherman's Wharf. Ghirardelli Square. Chinatown. Lombard Street. Plus, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world - The Golden Gate Bridge. Tour Alcatraz. Take a day trip to Muir Woods, home of the Giant Redwoods. Sample theme parks, attractions, museums and clubs. Citywide public transportation includes cable cars, buses, trolley...  Read more »

     
  • Soma 19

    Soma

    The expansive neighborhood south of Market Street is distinguished by a few pockets of special interest. The area around the Moscone Convention Center and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts boasts a number of museums. The section northeast of this, lying below Howard and reaching to South Park, is your best bet for food and drink, and the area around Folsom and 11th offers a cluster of nightlife...  Read more »

     
  • Sunset District 20

    Sunset District

    Thanks to the movies, San Francisco's treats are well known. Fisherman's Wharf. Ghirardelli Square. Chinatown. Lombard Street. Plus, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world - The Golden Gate Bridge. Tour Alcatraz. Take a day trip to Muir Woods, home of the Giant Redwoods. Sample theme parks, attractions, museums and clubs. Citywide public transportation includes cable cars, buses, trolley...  Read more »

     
  • The Castro 21

    The Castro

    Although it began life as dairy farms and suburbs, this character-laden neighborhood is now an enclave for the gay and lesbian community. In the '60s and '70s, gay men purchased and renovated the area's large Victorian homes, and businesses catering to the owners began to spring up. Decades later, the Castro bustles with great bars and restaurants, not to mention fabulous specialty shops. Each year, it...  Read more »

     
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    The Presidio

    The northern swath of the city is arguably its most scenic, with rolling hills, beautiful homes, large parks, and the city's crown jewel: the Golden Gate Bridge. Hilltop mansions and expansive waterfront homes should clue you in on the Marina's and neighboring Pacific Heights' socioeconomic makeup, and while that means there are yuppies to spare, the neighborhoods still have plenty of charms for visitors...  Read more »

     
  • Union Square 23

    Union Square

    The Union Square neighborhood centers around Union Square, a great little urban park, which is itself surrounded by a host of upscale shopping venues. In fact, the district is generally acknowledged as the city's main shopping haven. In the vicinity are Macy's, Saks, Gumps and Gucci; they, along with other retail standards, keep shoppers busy for hours. Restaurants and theaters are also found here, as is...  Read more »

     
  • West Portal 24

    West Portal

    Best Known For...

    • Unlike the distinct nationalities of several San Francisco areas, West Portal is a true mix.
    • More of a local than a tourist attraction - which makes it a fascinating spot for tourists who want a taste of the real San Francisco.
    • Bookshop West Portal is one of the last locally owned and operated bookstores in San Francisco.

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