Your Destination Guide to San Francisco

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San Francisco, the City by the Bay, is one of the most popular international tourist destinations in the World. The city is known for its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture, and its many famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Grace Cathedral, cable cars, and Chinatown... to name a few.

San Francisco | Sightseeing

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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  • Alcatraz
  • Nothing says "San Francisco Bay" like a trip to Alcatraz prison. Starting at Pier 33 — a short walk from San Francisco's iconic Pier 39 — you can follow in the footsteps (or rather, wake) of Juan Manuel de Ayala, the first to land on the island of Alcatraces.
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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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City Hall
  • City Hall
  • San Francisco's love affair with domes goes far back in the history books. Its city hall, which opened in 1915, is topped by the fifth largest dome in the world.
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Coit Tower
  • Coit Tower
  • Called "vaguely phallic" by Tyne Daly's character in the Dirty Harry movie The Enforcer, Coit Tower has been a unique symbol of San Francisco since the 1930s.
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Fort Point
  • Fort Point
  • Dwarfed beneath the stunning Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point is San Francisco's most understated historical site. Best approached from Crissy Field on foot, the fort is an intimate attraction, which, on a clear day, offers views across the bay as far as Alcatraz and downtown.
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Golden Gate Bridge
Grace Cathedral
  • Grace Cathedral
  • From the top of Nob Hill, the Grace Cathedral's Ghiberti doors open to people of all beliefs. As a replica of the Florence Baptistry's "Gates of Paradise," the exterior gilded panels depict scenes from the Bible.
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Legion of Honor
  • Legion of Honor
  • The beautifully architected Legion of Honor is one of two fine art museums in San Francisco, with an ancient and European art collection spanning 4,000 years and a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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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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Palace of Fine Arts
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Nestled gracefully in the heart of San Francisco's Marina District, the Palace of Fine Arts, with its glassy lagoon and grandiose architecture, lends an air of tranquility to a decidedly vibrant and hectic city.
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Transamerica Pyramid
  • Transamerica Pyramid
  • San Francisco is packed with sights to see and places to visit, but the city's constant buzz, compact size, and characteristic hilly streets can induce sensory overload and make finding specific things a challenge. Locating this attraction, however, is simple—just look to the sky.
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