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Top 50+ places to see in San Francisco

What is considered to be a geographically small city goes big on its activities. San Francisco is known to be the second-most densely-packed city in the U.S., which allows you to access its top tourist sites easily.

Its picturesque views, calm climate, welcoming surroundings, outdoor recreations, and amazing food are just a few of the characteristics both tourists and locals enjoy.

If you wish to spend a weekend in San Francisco, be sure to take a look at the colorful street art covering several districts of the city, telling its history through unique illustrations.

Moreover, visiting on a weekend will definitely land you a chance to explore one of its many street fairs that locals love to attend for the groovy music, artistic displays, and gourmet food stalls – what’s not to like!

While you’re walking around the city, do pay a visit to the Fisherman’s Wharf – the residence at PIER 39 – one of the city’s most popular marketplace and attraction. The docks of PIER 39 are inhabited by Californian sea horses and visitors take pleasure in observing their antics, while also enjoying the outdoor stalls selling fresh crab and shrimp cocktails.

Tired of walking around all-day? Relax at the Golden Gate Park, and enjoy its beautiful lakes, picnic areas, and plethora of events held there. Conclude your trip with a shopping spree at Union Square.

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Alcatraz Island Full review
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Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, Califor... [..]

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Golden Gate Bridge Full review
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The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the one-mile-wide ... [..]

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Point Bonita Lighthouse Full review
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Point Bonita Lighthouse is a lighthouse located at Point Bonita at the San Francisco Bay entrance... [..]

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Berkeley
(17km)

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Full review
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avatarpicture sandrotrip THE BEST REVIEW
A paradise for art lovers! : An interesting art exhibits from Asian artifacts housed in a beautiful modern building. It was a wonderful visit to the art museum, a small one but the visit was well worth our time. There's an amazing library section with fun furniture decor too. Visit to explore an exhibit of painting, sculpture, and video.
The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive are a combined art museum and repertory movie t... [..]

Guidebooks    Rate 5 stars
University of California, Berkeley Full review
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A prominent landmark in California: Tour of Berkeley started with the University of California campus. In the University Avenue itself, there were many things to see and do. This 178-acre of University has a massive campus and is about 150 years old. We enjoyed our stroll through wonderful walking paths to Downtown Berkeley.
The University of California, Berkeley, is a public research university located in Berkeley, Cal... [..]

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Berkeley Rose Garden Full review
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A nature lovers paradise! : Set in a lovely terraced amphitheater, this gorgeous rose garden displays over 250 varieties of rose bushes. This was indeed a huge garden and wonderful location amongst the fully bloomed colorful roses. A perfect place for nature lovers! A place everyone in our tour enjoyed. We clicked tons of pictures too, everything insta-worthy!
The Berkeley Rose Garden is a city-owned park in the North Berkeley area of Berkeley, California.... [..]

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San Francisco

Asian Art Museum Full review
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Our favorite museum in San Francisco: Beautiful museum! Probably our favorite one in San Francisco. Best departments are dedicated to India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Laos, and Vietnam artifacts. We enjoyed a lot our time there. Divine Bodies special exhibition is also very interesting. Don’t forget to download the free app and to have informative guided tours.
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco houses one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections ... [..]

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Presidio Full review
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A hidden gem in the city: This historic fort in San Diego surrounded by nature and equipped with the museum was one of our favorite hidden spot in California. Learn everything you need to know about the military interventions and battles from history. It was a beautiful setting on along the hillside. Definitely, recommend a visit.
The Presidio of San Francisco is a park and former U.S. Army military fort on the northern tip o... [..]

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Aquarium of the Bay Full review
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avatarpicture lilamosci THE BEST REVIEW
Pricey for a small aquarium, but was fun experience for kids: Our little ones enjoyed the aquarium. There were excellent exhibits of marine species. It would only take about 30 minutes to see the whole place. We were lucky to be there during feeding time. The only con was that the tickets were too pricey.
Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of ... [..]

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de Young Museum Full review
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An ideal destination for summers! : From hiking to star gazing, Shoshone in California had many interesting activities to do. Whale watching with my family was our favorite task while we were here. It was an experience of our lifetime. An ideal holiday destination during spring and summer. A must visit if you are exploring Southern California.
The de Young, a fine arts museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, is one of the Fine ... [..]

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Golden Gate Park Full review
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avatarpicture alveraward THE BEST REVIEW
In the centre of San Francisco, closer to nature: One of the best places to see in San Francisco. We strongly suggest you take time out and explore the Golden Gate Park. If you love nature then this is the place to be especially the Japanese Tea Garden. There are things to do at the Golden gate park too, like the Palace of Fine Arts, the art museum, the science museum.
Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, United States, is a large urban park cons... [..]

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Full review
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Amazing display of modern and contemporary art: It is a modern art museum with a great curation of international art exhibits. There were plenty of contemporary and modern paintings installed here. The museum is well maintained and a must visit for all art lovers. The staff was friendly and entry was about 25$ per person. Great ambiance, we spent an hour admiring some of the amazing work of art here on display.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a modern art museum located in San Francisco, Californ... [..]

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Legion of Honor Full review
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Definitely worth a visit.: This museum of fine arts located in San Francisco is an epitome of beautiful architecture with an interesting display of art collection. The guide was extremely knowledgable and patient, she was willing to take us through the art museum and explain every bit of it. An amazing museum surrounded by lush scenery.
The Holocaust Memorial at California Palace of the Legion of Honor is a Holocaust memorial in San... [..]

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Washington Square Park Full review
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A beautiful and relaxing park: A beautiful park away from the hustle and bustle of the New York city life. The park was filled with students. This was a free public park and had entertainer playing music and instruments to entertain the public too. The vibe was really nice and fun.
Washington Square is a park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, California, and is one ... [..]

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Coit Tower Full review
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Enjoy a panoramic view of the city: It is a 210-foot tall tower located in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. A visit to the top of this tower gave us a panoramic view of the city as well as the bay. It was about $7 for entry but was well worth all the photographs and the views we enjoyed.
Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, is a 210-foot tower in the Telegraph ... [..]

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Muir Woods National Monument Full review
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A scenic location amongst the woods: Muir Woods National Monument Scenic, forested park that is surrounded by lush greenery. The weather was great for the long hiking trails which were simply spectacular too. It was overall a calming experience. One travel tip is to book your parking in advance to avoid disappointments. The location is only about 30 minutes drive away from the city.
Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service on Mount Tamalpais near the P... [..]

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Cartoon Art Museum Full review
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Calling all comicon lovers!: If you are someone who loves collecting comics and cartoons, this art museum is THE best place to be. Although it is a tiny museum, they have an interesting curation of cartoon and comic book art. We really enjoyed the place and it was an absolute treat!
The Cartoon Art Museum is a California art museum that specializes in the art of comics and cart... [..]

Guidebooks    Rate 4 star
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers Full review
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A book lovers paradise! : This independent bookstore-publisher in San Francisco is a great place to visit for any literature lover. An iconic bookstore with an interesting display of books and art. They have an amazing collection of books in fact one of the best we have been to.
City Lights is an independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California, that ... [..]

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Stinson Beach Full review
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A day well spend by the beach: This exceptionally quiet beach was a great place to spend our day with the family. The beach was clean and was a great spot to see the whales too. We were blessed with great weather, we enjoyed the beach to the best. The public bathroom wasn't the best to use, which was one of the con to the location.
Stinson Beach is a census-designated place in Marin County, California, on the west coast of the ... [..]

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Maritime Museum Full review
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Learn everything about maritime history and models: We took our kids to the Maritime Museum and they loved it! There are some educational exhibits that take you back into the history of the Los Angeles Harbor. It's just $5 for entry. There are lots of ship models and gave us an insight into the fishing industry.

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Exploratorium Full review
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One of the coolest museums in San Francisco: A museum dedicated to science, art, and human perception with interactive displays that will wow both adults and children alike. The place is so well designed and advanced with so many exhibits. A fantastic museum which was a learning experience. Subjects like physics, engineering, and biology start looking easy.
The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental stru... [..]

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Natural History Museum Full review
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A wonderful museum experience! : It was a great museum to visit. Great display and amazing facility. The architecture of the building is also worth a mention. We took tons of pictures and enjoyed the walking tour too. The museum experience was educative and interactive. Don't miss out on the stuffed animals' section. Highly recommended.
The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that... [..]

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Muir Beach Full review
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A beautiful setting by the beach! : A perfect beach for a day out with breathtaking ocean views. We spend over 2 hours at this quiet little beach and had fun in the waves. There's also a small hike if you enjoy it. It might not be easy to access, however, the beach was gorgeous. Don't forget to book you parking in advance. There were some amazing photo opportunities too.
Muir Beach is a census designated place , unincorporated community, and beach that is located 16.... [..]

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San Francisco Fire Department Museum Full review
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A very cool museum! : This was a small museum which was packed with interesting fire fighting gear from the past. This place gave us great insight into the history of fire service in San Francisco. The fire station was right next to the museum too. The firemen were extremely friendly. The museum showcases how technology has changed over the years.

Guidebooks    Rate 4 star
Contemporary Jewish Museum Full review
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A Contemporary Jewish Museum: This is a non-collecting museum which gave us an insight about Jewish history, their culture, art and everything else. This modern museum was definitely one of our favorites from the others we visited. They also have a restaurant within the premises. Highly recommended if you are in trhe area.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum was founded in 1984 in San Francisco, California. Its current mis... [..]

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111 Minna Gallery Full review
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Calling all art lovers!: This was another great gallery that had an interesting curation of art exhibits from up-and-coming artists. It was indeed a nice gallery. We enjoyed our cup of coffee and walked around the gallery admiring the exhibits here. The ambiance was pretty peaceful and a great establishment in the art community.

Guidebooks    Rate 4 star
Nob Hill Full review
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An impressive trek up with the finest city views: This is one of the most upscale areas of San Francisco. There are two major landmarks here - The Fairmont Hotel and The Mark Hopkins. There are other lovely buildings and steep hills. We loved our stroll in and around Nob Hill. It was a great neighborhood. The climbs can be tiring, but a great locale.
Nob Hill is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California, centered on the intersection of Californ... [..]

Guidebooks    Rate 4 star
Steinhart Aquarium Full review
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A great idea for fun family day out! : A family fun day out at the Steinhart Aquarium at The CA Academy of Sciences. They have an amazing exhibit of marine species and informative displays that is educative too. The aquarium is well maintained and has plenty of unique species. It was a learning experience for the little ones.

Guidebooks    Rate 4 star
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Full review
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A peek into the maritime history : We loved everything about this historical place. This massive complex houses a museum, interactive and educative displays as well as ships that tell the story of sea travel from the past. This place is a must visit for every fan of Maritime history. If you're in San Francisco, we recommend you not to miss out on this place.
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located in San Francisco, California, Unit... [..]

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Cliff House Full review
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A perfect sunset and delicious food: A beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous view which was highly recommended by our guide. Overlooking seal rocks and the Pacific Ocean, the restaurant has a delicious menu too. The ambiance and the atmosphere was amazing with great customer service. The food was great too. Highly recommended for a food lover.
The Cliff House is a restaurant perched on the headland above the cliffs just north of Ocean Beac... [..]

Guidebooks    Rate 4 star


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