Your Destination Guide to San Francisco

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Free in San Francisco

Free in San Francisco
Free in San Francisco

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San Francisco might be one of the most expensive cities in the country, but a trip here doesn't have to break the bank. During summer months, neighborhoods come to life with free street fairs and festivals, and several museums offer a free-admission day each month of the year. Don't forget the cheapest activity of all: walking, is one of the best ways to take in San Francisco's many free sights.

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Balmy Alley Mural
  • Balmy Alley Mural
  • It's easy to miss this colorful and profound venture down Balmy Alley if you are not aware of its existence. Situated in a narrow alley in the Mission district, Balmy Alley is a massive accumulation of murals with themes ranging from Chicana/o pride to the gentrification of the Mission.
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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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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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Clarion Alley Murals
  • Clarion Alley Murals
  • Do you like your art raw and non-commercialized? As critique and struggle and bold dialogue? Alternatively beautiful and shocking? If so, then after you pay that handsome price for refined modern...
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Coit Tower Mural
  • Coit Tower Mural
  • Built in 1933, Coit Tower stands majestically atop San Francisco's Telegraph Hill. Named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who bequeathed one-third of her estate to the City of San Francisco, the tower was built to beautify her beloved city.
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Diego Rivera Murals
  • Diego Rivera Murals
  • Born Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodrígue, Mexican artist Diego Rivera's career is just as extensive and impressive as his given name.
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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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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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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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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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Musee Mecanique
  • Musee Mecanique
  • While walking past Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf some might think they are passing an insane asylum as a loud, eerie laugh pierces the darkness and leaves a sense of horror in the air.
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Museum of Performance and Design
  • Museum of Performance and Design
  • The Museum of Performance and Design is the first museum in the country dedicated to the preservation of historical artifacts from live performing arts and theatrical design.
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Octagon House
  • Octagon House
  • You may pass by everyday and never know that the eight-walled house on Gough Street was designed specifically to house happier people. The theory was that eight walls (proven to be more spatially efficient) would also make for more contented, healthy people.
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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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San Francisco Botanical Garden
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden
  • Enjoy strolling along paths through year-round mosaic of plants from around the world. There is no shortage of great things to see and do in Golden Gate Park, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most relaxing among them.
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Sentinel Building
  • Sentinel Building
  • The iconic Sentinel building, with its emerald hue, is the Jolly Green Giant of San Franciscan architecture. Standing tall and thin at the foot of the North Beach neighborhood, its "flatiron" style is of the 1900s American Architectural idiom.
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