Take a (virtual) tour of San Francisco

by Lydia Schrandt for USA TODAY 10Best

Crissy Field, a former military airfield, is now one of the city’s most beloved green spaces. The grassy park and promenade enjoys some of the best views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

When it comes to iconic neighborhoods, none is quite so famous as Haight-Ashbury. The city’s 1960s flower power movement was born at this intersection.

San Francisco is home to North America’s first and largest Chinatown. The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum chronicles the history of the local Chinese community.

For a living lesson in San Francisco’s civil rights history, take a walk through The Castro, perhaps the most famous LGBTQ+ neighborhood in the world.

On the last weekend of June each year, the entire city of San Francisco celebrates Pride, the largest LGBTQ+ event in the nation. The two-day event features a parade, music and parties all over town.

Point Cloud, a favorite nighttime photo op, is a permanent art installation by Leo Villareal inside the pedestrian bridge over Howard Street. The work was made with 858 steel rods and 28,288 LED bulbs.

Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Travel Association

City Hall has witnessed plenty of history in its more than 100 years, including red scare demonstrations, the assassination of Harvey Milk and the legal marriage of 4,037 same-sex couples in 2004.

Some of San Francisco’s most popular residents – a colony of sea lions – make their home at Fisherman’s Wharf.

One building dominates the San Francisco skyline, the Transamerica Pyramid in the financial district. At 853 feet, it’s one of the tallest points in the city.

Did you know you can visit a living rainforest without leaving the city? The California Academy of Sciences is home to a four-story indoor rainforest, housed within a glass dome.

Photo courtesy of Visit California/Hub

Old and new collide in Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling metropolis and capital city that spreads out in seemingly endless sprawl. Take a look at some of the city’s cultural icons and hidden gems.

You’ll find no shortage of places to get outdoors in San Francisco. Lands End, one of the area’s most popular hiking trails, winds along the rocky coastal terrain of the city’s northwestern corner.

Former mayor Adolph Sutro constructed a series of pools along an ocean cliff in the western part of the city. Today, the ruins of the Sutro Baths attract photographers and sunset gazers.

The Twin Peaks sit in the geographical center of San Francisco, offering spectacular panoramic views from the 925-foot summit.

No trip to San Francisco would be complete without taking a moment to admire the Golden Gate Bridge. One of the best spots to see this engineering marvel is from Baker Beach in the Presidio.

Lombard Street, also known as the "crookedest street in the world," attracts millions of visitors each year to its eight hairpin turns and Russian Hill mansions.

Alamo Square might just be the most photographed area in San Francisco, thanks to its row of pastel-hued Victorian houses known as the Painted Ladies.

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