Your Destination Guide to San Francisco

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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

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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Amoeba Music
  • Amoeba Music
  • Located beside Golden Gate Park in the hip Haight-Ashbury district, Amoeba Music is a vast sanctum for audiophiles of all genres. Occupying a former bowling alley, it houses a staggeringly diverse collection of over 100,000 CDs, cassette tapes – even ever-fashionable and sought-after vinyl.
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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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AT&T Park
  • AT&T Park
  • In the heart of the bustling Embarcadero with an up-close view of the bay, AT&T Park is the home of the San Francisco Giants and their fans.
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Bay Bridge
  • Bay Bridge
  • The Bay Bridge is such an integral part of life in the San Francisco Bay Area that it’s difficult to imagine a time when construction was considered an engineering and financial impossibility.
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Boudin at the Wharf
  • Boudin at the Wharf
  • Nobody can resist the smell of fresh, warm bread baking in the oven, and at Boudin at the Wharf, that is exactly what you'll find. At Boudin Bakery's flagship location, bakers have been crafting delicious sourdough bread with Boudin's signature recipe since 1849.
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Cable Cars
  • Cable Cars
  • There is no better way to experience San Francisco than by cable car. San Francisco is now the last city in the world to preserve this unique method of transport, which was founded in 1873. Hop on and grab hold of the bars as the underground cables beneath the tracks whisk you across town.
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Ferry Building
  • Ferry Building
  • San Francisco's Ferry Building is not only a transportation focal point; it is one of the city's most distinguished and multi-faceted landmarks to date.
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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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Ghirardelli Square
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square embraces the spirit of adventure and entrepreneurism inherent in the settlement of the America's West Coast.
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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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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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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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