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Cultural Activities

Cultural Activities
Cultural Activities

© Richard Winchell

With its reputation for cultural openness, San Francisco has attracted people the world over, establishing itself as one of the country's cultural centers. To explore the diversity this city has on offer, rent a car for the day and follow the 49-Mile Drive, weaving your way through many of the distinct neighborhoods. Or hop aboard a ferry to Angel Island, once dubbed the "Ellis Island of the West," and visit the Immigration Station museum. Once the main west-coast gateway from the Far East, San Francisco is your gateway to a diverse cultural experience.

San Francisco | Cultural Activities

49-Mile Drive
  • 49-Mile Drive
  • San Francisco's scenic 49-Mile Drive weaves its way through the city by the bay. Blue and white signs guide you from the great dome of City Hall to picturesque views of the iconic Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.
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Alamo Square
  • Alamo Square
  • You've seen images from Alamo Square and probably don't even know it: six Queen Anne Victorians framed by the Transamerica Pyramid building and, on a good day, the Bay Bridge – the sight is...
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Angel Island
  • Angel Island
  • Angel Island, the largest isle in San Francisco Bay, was christened with its angelic namesake by Juan de Ayala, the first European explorer to anchor in its natural harbor, Ayala Bay. He dubbed it "Isla de Los Angeles" after the closest feast day on the Catholic calendar, a Spanish tradition.
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Cable Car Museum
  • Cable Car Museum
  • "To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars," the serenade of Tony Bennett, aptly reflects the cable cars contribution to the city's ambiance, their bells echoing in the night as they clang their way up the steep hills.
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Chinatown
  • Chinatown
  • Tucked in the middle of North Beach, Nob Hill, and the Financial District sits one of San Francisco's most precious gems. San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest in North America and the largest outside Asia.
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Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • From Passover seder plates and shofars to Barbara Streisand and Bob Dylan, the Contemporary Jewish Museum juxtaposes old and new expressions of the Jewish experience.
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Fillmore Street
  • Fillmore Street
  • Shopping, dog walking, dining and browsing are all encouraged on Fillmore Street, in fact, they are practically mandatory. Effective for a romantic Friday night date, Sunday brunch with friends, or an economy-boosting Saturday extravaganza, Fillmore Street suits countless needs.
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Fisherman's Wharf
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Blubbery locals lounge on their salty docks, barking at tourists, the famed sea lions of the wharf. The silver spray-painted statue nearby shifts his weight slightly and before you can react,...
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Haight-Ashbury
  • Haight-Ashbury
  • Haight-Ashbury is the quintessential San Francisco neighborhood and tourist destination. Enshrined in history as ground zero for the Summer of Love, today "the Haight" (as it's locally known)...
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Lombard Street
  • Lombard Street
  • Lombard Street has achieved something beyond infamy for its precarious appearance. The most famous section, between Hyde Street and Leavenworth, with a 27 percent grade and eight acute switchback...
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Museum of African Diaspora
  • Museum of African Diaspora
  • With its home in the cultural hub of San Francisco, Yerba Buena Gardens, the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) is one of the brightest jewels in the crown of this dynamic area.
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Pier 39
  • Pier 39
  • Scintillating scents of hot popcorn, salt-water taffy, ice cream, and pretzels combine with the reek of pitch. An organ grinds mechanically in the background while seal performers bark.
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Telegraph Hill
  • Telegraph Hill
  • Located in the northwest of San Francisco, Telegraph Hill is best known for the iconic Coit Tower perched atop its crest. Named for a semaphore telegraph that once stood on its summit, Telegraph Hill has housed poor immigrants, aspiring artists, and wealthy investors.
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The Castro
  • The Castro
  • Just south of Haight-Ashbury and west of the Mission District lies one of San Francisco's most renowned neighborhoods.
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The Warfield
  • The Warfield
  • Since opening in 1922 as a Vaudeville theater and later serving as a movie house, The Warfield has stood the test of time as one of San Francisco's premier entertainment venues.
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