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San Francisco City Bike Rental
"Rent a bike at the nearest bicycle rental shops to the Golden Gate Bridge. For only 3 miles bike ride on a scenic beach bike trail you will reach Palace of Fine Arts Crissy Field Fort Point and the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Bike across the bridge and ride downhill to Sausalito a beautiful waterfront town on the other side of the bridge where you can dine in many great local restaurants while enjoying the water views. To make your trip even more exciting
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San Francisco Urban Bike Tour
"Your grand bike tour of San Francisco begins at Fisherman's Wharf where you'll be outfitted with a bike as well as all safety equipment. Your guide takes you on an easy ride over flat surfaces in this city known for its hills and your route is customized with off-the-beaten track nooks that only a local would know. But if you'd prefer to pedal less upgrade to the electric bike option. Be prepared for weather changes as you follow your guide all over San Francisco. You'll stop up to 10 times during the tour for photo ops and to hear facts and anecdotes about the city's history and sights. In addition you can take a break to purchase lunch and a beverage from a gathering of local food trucks and later enjoy coffee and refreshments at a cool coffee bar (food and drinks are your own expense).Cruise through the back alleys of North Beach
From $75.00
 
San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Feel free to hop on and off the double-decker bus as much as you like during your whirl around San Francisco. The loop takes about two hours to complete from start to finish if you stay on the vehicle. With your 48-hour ticket you’ll have plenty of time to explore the sights at your leisure. Simply re-board the bus when you’re ready to go to your next destination. All of the buses have enclosed areas where you can keep warm in the winter.""""Take in the highlights of San Francisco with a hop-on hop-off tour an easy convenient way to see the city. Enjoy informative commentary and great views as you travel by double-decker bus to all the major attractions. See Golden Gate Park Fisherman's Wharf
From $45.00

Architecture Tips (26)

Not recycling after all......

I've done a bit of research since I first wrote this tip and managed to answer my own question. :-)On my wanderings I noticed a couple...just a couple...of brick buildings which had a sort of...
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leics
Nov 09, 2015

Old St Mary's Cathedral

This church, on the edge of Chinatown really is quite 'old' for the USA, although it has its name because a 'new' St Mary's Cathedral now exists.First dedicated in 1854, the church was set up to serve...
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leics
Aug 18, 2013

Go 'Victorian'-spotting.

'Victorians' is a term used for a specific type of house, dating from Victorian and Edwardian times (roughly mid-1800s to 1915-ish), constructed largely of wood and with lots of architectural 'frills...
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leics
Aug 16, 2013

Look closely....

As I wandered downtown SF (the Union Square area) I was pleased to find far more older buildings than I thought I'd find. I was particularly pleased by the small architectural details from the 1920s...
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leics
Aug 16, 2013

450 Sutter Street

This building caught my eye on my first early-morning walk around SF...it was just a block from my hotel.It was the sub-Mayan stone decoration I noticed first. I thought it was interesting, but then i...
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leics
Aug 16, 2013

Alamo Square

For those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s, the television show Full House was a cultural icon. Sure it seems like a stupid show today, but who doesn't remember the corny jokes and the 80s hair?...
Ewingjr98
Apr 04, 2011

The Palace Hotel FREE tour

SF City Guides has been offering walking tours to the public for over 30 years. Nowadays, more than 20 thousand people participate in it annually. It is run by locals, who have to pass an exam in...
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sunshine9689
Feb 28, 2008

155 Sansome Street--Other Architectural Details

The Pacific Stock Exchange Building of which 155 Sansome is simply a side door entrance, has a wonderful art deco lobby right inside the brass framed glass doors. The elevator doors are beautifully...
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atufft
Jul 28, 2007

Visit one of the octagon houses in SF

If you're going to shop on Union Street in Pacific Heights, consider starting your stroll at Gough and Union for a bit of architectual and San Francisco history. On the southwest corner, at 2645...
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emilesc
Oct 11, 2006

The Transamerica Building

Every trip to San Francisco should include seeing the Transamerica Building. It's pretty unusual looking but seems to blend in to San Francisco just fine! Should you want to take pictures, the best...
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IslandGirl10
Aug 22, 2006

The Castro

The Castro is a colorful part of the city most often associated with San Francisco’s sizable gay community. It makes for a dramatic entrance when you approach from the south via the Mission area that...
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richiecdisc
Nov 15, 2005

Furniture hanging out of windows

South of Market street, on the corner of 6th and Howard, there is this strange building which has been decorated with furniture hanging out from the windows.Here is the story behind this building:"On...
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Jeannette1
Jul 11, 2005
 
 
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Fort Mason

Many people pass by the low water landscaped west side of the Fort Mason grounds, where there is also a wonderful expanse of lawn and great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Here there are two (at...
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Crissy Field

The land known today as Crissy Field has undergone many changes. Once a rich salt marsh and homeland of Ohlone people, it was later a landing site for Spanish and Russian explorers, a venue for the...
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Ripley's Believe it or Not!

I was skeptical. Not much of an indoor explorer. But, I truly wanted to say that I had been to Ripley's in San Fran so we got the ticket and went for an adventure. I was not disappointed. It is one...
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Barbary Coast Trail

The Barbary Coast Trail is a walking 3.8 mile trail using 170 bronze medallions and arrows embedded into the sidewalks connecting 20 historic sites. The southern end of the Barbary Coast Trail begins...
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Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course

The Fort Point Mine Depot was created to defend the West Coast’s greatest harbor from enemy attack. Here, U.S. Army personnel assembled mines, loaded them on ships and planted them in minefields...
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49 Mile Drive

In 1938, The San Francisco Downtown Association created the 49 Mile Scenic Drive to highlight the city's beauty and to promote it as a business and tourist destination, so the route began at City...
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