San Francisco Things to Do

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  • 1. Lombard Street

    4 out of 5 stars

    We walked from our accommodation on Sutter Street, near the city Centre, to Lombard Street, which is called “The Crookedest Street in the World”. Wow, those hills sure can be steep! Lombard Street...

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  • 2. Alcatraz

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    It's a must do, in San Francisco - the visit to Alcatraz. For those acquainted to its history, the audio tour hits the purpose of, more than describing the place, to create a vivid sense of the old...

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  • 3. Golden Gate Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Everybody knows this bridge, but for a Portuguese is... "I think I've seen it before". And that's because the bridge has a twin in Lisbon. I know, that this one is a little bigger and older, and the...

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  • 4. Fisherman's Wharf

    4 out of 5 stars

    Fisherman’s Wharf is famous for its Italian seafood restaurants, and along Jefferson Street, vendors sell crabs, and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls which is a signature dish of San Francisco....

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  • 5. Coit Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Assuming you survived the Filbert Stairs... OK, so you have to fork over some $ to go to the top of this thing but it's free for fine views of the city from the ground or a look at the murals inside:...

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  • 6. Chinatown

    4 out of 5 stars

    get off the path & streets and walk into the alleys If you want to know more about it.. ask an expert... not me.. I just wander around blindly like a tourist, listening to the sounds, peeking...

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  • 7. Golden Gate Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If "our" August was not so cold, and if Fernanda was not so indisposed, we would have appreciated more this paradisiacal park. It must be nice for locals to have such a relaxing area (in hot...

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  • 8. Pier 39

    4 out of 5 stars

    The best part of Pier 39 is watching the sea lions lounging on the floating docks that have been set aside for them. Normally, despite ample dock space, the barking seals will prefer to crowd...

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  • 9. Alamo Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Though you may have never been here before, you've seen Alamo Square a million times. A favorite postcard view - pictured on such TV shows as "Full House" and that horrible show with Brooke Shields...

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  • 10. Union Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    To many The Union Square perhaps is simply the centre of San Francisco but there's more into it than just being a centre plaza. The monument on the middle is in memory of The Battle of Manila Bay that...

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  • 11. Muir Woods

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    No, I'm not a midget. No, I have no inferiority complex. No. The truth is that the tree is really very big. They say it's redwood, the only tree higher than giant sequoia. Having been there, a few...

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  • 12. Mission District

    4 out of 5 stars

    If you have wee folk along on your mural walk (see previous tips), this is a great place to let them out of the stroller and run wild for a bit. This little gem of a playground has been an oasis for...

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  • 13. Castro District

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    So after my walk in the Mission, it was time to trot over to the Castro; only a few blocks away but a 180-degree shift in local culture. As the Haight was the infamous center of '60's Flower Power, so...

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  • 14. Palace of Fine Arts

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When you're in this area of San Francisco it's hard not to notice this standout piece of architecture. However, the most extraordinary thing about it is that, like the Eiffel Tower, it wasn't meant to...

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  • 15. Twin Peaks

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Top of the peaks of the Twin Peaks provide a more magnificent view of the Bay Area! That is if you can climb the 200 step foot path reinforced with wood going to both of the peaks of the twin...

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  • 16. Sausalito

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Riding over the bridge, the views are expansive over the harbour (pic 4) and when you reach the other side you can look back and see the bridge from a different angle (pic 5). So, as you descend the...

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  • 17. Haight District

    4 out of 5 stars

    We really did it. We went to Ashbury-Heights, and, despite all the musical warnings that we listened to in Portugal, we forgot to wear a flower in our heads. Sorry! And we did feel bad, because, the...

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  • 18. Japanese Tea Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We arrived here looking for a little serenity and emerged needing valium. The garden has been a fixture since 1894 and described as having "peaceful waters" over which one can have a "meditative cup...

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  • 19. Transamerica Pyramid Center

    4 out of 5 stars

    This building is very easy to identify. It is somewhat of a symbol of San Francisco and resides in the modern downtown district. I had a little bit of fun getting my camera and walking to where the...

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  • 20. Cable Cars

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Ever since 1873 ... the iconic Cable Cars have been moving locals, travelers, and tourist up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco ..... if you have never been on one ... you must do it ......

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  • 21. Ghirardelli Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    We visited Ghiraldelli square just because we wanted to taste the famous Chocolate store. The square took its name of Domingo Ghirardelli that took the square in 1893 and made here the base for the...

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  • 22. Japantown

    4 out of 5 stars

    Japantown is a neighbourhood located on the western side of the city. San Francisco's Japanese community dates back to the 1860's, and the area is jam packed with Japanese restaurants and sushi bars,...

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  • 23. North Beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    Beach Blanket Babylon Musical Revue Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon was recommended to us by two friends independently. one currently living in San Francisco and the other had just returned from...

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  • 24. Cliff House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    On my very first trip to San Francisco in the mid -80's I made it out to Cliff House for a Saturday afternoon lunch. Earlier in the week I had my first taste of calamari as an appetizer and I thought...

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  • 25. San Francisco Zoo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Love the zoo but what a disappointment from the food!! Every year the food deteriorates it seems like. Its gotten so bad that for now on i will pack my own lunch for the family, I strongly recommend...

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Most first time visitors benefit by simply walking the knot of hills, filling in with the readily available transit--cable car, trolley, muni train, or electric bus.  San Francisco has...

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