San Francisco Things to Do

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  • 1. Lombard Street

    4 out of 5 stars

    There are at least two jokes in Portugal about the size of things in the USA: One says that in the USA everything is so big that even the small things are big. The other says that the streets are...

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  • 2. Golden Gate Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    No trip to San Francisco is complete with checking out the Golden Gate Bridge, for a tourist that is, and we loved it so much, we crossed over it twice. Well we had to get back of course. It was...

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  • 3. Chinatown

    4 out of 5 stars

    Who saw one Chinatown in America has seen them all. I saw many, but this one was my favorite. Small, clean, nice smell (well... not so bad!), some beautiful buidings, and as expected, chinese goods...

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  • 4. Fisherman's Wharf

    4 out of 5 stars

    "Historic Fisherman's Wharf" is the classic San Francisco experience where you will find a range of hotels, specialty restaurants, famous attractions, unique shops, breathtaking scenery and...

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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. 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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  • 7. Pier 39

    4 out of 5 stars

    Thousands of people in Portugal discuss the best way to promote tourism in our country. Well, sometimes it just a question of luck, as in San Francisco. The sea lions decided to invade pier 39, and...

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  • 8. 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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  • 9. 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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  • 10. Union Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Never book a convertible Ford Mustang with ALAMO in California, they don't have requested cars. I have booked an PREPAID a Ford Mustang from alamo for 10 days from SFO (Union Square) to LAX. Despite...

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  • 11. 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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  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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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  • 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. 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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  • 17. 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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  • 18. 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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  • 19. 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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  • 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. 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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  • 22. 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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  • 23. 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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  • 24. Grace Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! A Gothic church in USA! Am I dreaming? Of course not. It's just one more sight of American complex for the lack of history, using their wealth and technology to reproduce the signs of European...

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  • 25. California Academy Of Science

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Just a year after the reopening of the fantastic DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences also reopened, indicating clearly that San Francisco is flush with money of...

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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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