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Alamo Square

Alamo Square

The iconic view of Alamo Square is defined by a set of Queen Anne Victorian houses lining the south end of the park known as […]

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Tour Alcatraz in San Francisco bay

Alcatraz

Discovered by the Spanish and named Alcatraz, meaning “pelican,” for the abundance of the birds populating the island, Alcatraz has gone through many phases over […]

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Angel Island internment camp sign, San Francisco, California.

Angel Island

In the peak of the Chinese migration (after the 1850s Gold Rush), Angel Island was used as a processing site for new immigrants, mostly but […]

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Aquatic Park

Aquatic Park

The Aquatic Park Historic District was created in 1936 when a curved Municipal Pier was built to protect a specific cove of the San Francisco […]

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Asian Art Museum head, San Francisco, California.

Asian Art Museum

San Francisco includes a large Asian population, with the first Chinese immigrants arriving by sea in 1848, so it seems only fit that an art […]

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ATT Park Splash Hits

AT&T Park

Located on the Embarcadero just south of the Bay Bridge, AT&T Park was built for the Giants, a baseball team originally based in New York […]

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Bay Bridge White Cables

Bay Bridge

Designed as the first bridge spanning to San Francisco in 1933, mostly because of the popularity of the automobile, the Oakland Bay Bridge (usually just […]

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Billionaire's Row Pillar Mansion

Billionaire’s Row

That’s good news! It means fewer crowds, minimal tourists, and more time you can spend dodging people with guidebooks, so you can pursue your real […]

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Bison in Golden Gate Park

Bison Paddock

Bison (also less-technically known as buffalo) are a free-roaming mammal of the Great Plains in the United States. But in the late 1800s, because of […]

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Tour Buena Vista Park in Haight Ashbury

Buena Vista Park

Labeled as the oldest park in San Francisco, dating to 1867 and once called Hill Park, Buena Vista Park, on the eastern side of Haight-Ashbury […]

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Empty cable car at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Cable Cars

Sadly, the 7,000-kg cable cars aren’t as prominent as they once were. Andrew Hallidie, the man who came up with the cable car concept, originally […]

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California Academy of Sciences living roof, San Francisco.

California Academy of Science

Starting as a research group in 1853, the California Academy of Sciences moved to its present building in 2008 to perform research, broadly, on anything […]

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Castro

The Castro’s history hasn’t always been sunshine and happy-faces. Starting as a working-class immigrant neighborhood named Little Scandinavia, The Castro gradually morphed, through the 1960s […]

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Harvey Milk Plaque at Castro Camera

Castro Camera

Harvey Milk, a native of Long Island New York, moved to The Castro, San Francisco, in 1972 and started a camera business. Over time, his […]

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Castro Theatre at night

Castro Theatre

After all, you can’t miss the theatre when you visit the neighborhood. The large neon sign — representing both The Castro and the theatre itself — is […]

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Chinatown Decoration

Chinatown

Originally the poor section of San Francisco known as the Barbary Coast, the streets of Chinatown had their start as brothels and opium dens for […]

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SF City Hall in window of Civic Center Opera House.

City Hall

When tourists see City Hall, the first word that comes to their mind is “Wow.” The Beaux Arts design, created in 1915 (and repaired after […]

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City Lights Books storefront on Columbus Ave. in North Beach, San Francisco.

City Lights Books

City Lights Books is by far most famous for its connection to the Beat Generation. While sections of bookstores around the world are dedicated to […]

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Civic Center San Francisco

Civic Center

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Historic Victorian Cliff House

Cliff House

The Cliff House has gone through several phases in its lifetime. Originally, the restaurant was nothing more than old cargo ship wood, placed high on […]

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Portrait of Lilly Hitchcock Coit, San Francisco.

Coit Tower

The city of San Francisco erected Coit Tower after a generous bequest from Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a local resident of San Francisco’s early years. Referencing […]

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Inside Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers

The construction of the Conservatory of Flowers almost didn’t happen. Found among the possessions of carpenter and land baron James Lick after his death in […]

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Crissy Field pilots for San Francisco history.

Crissy Field

Part of the Presidio land reserve, Crissy Field started as a runway for the U.S. Army in 1919. Over time, though, as landmarks such as […]

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de Young Museum African Art, Golden Gate Park.

de Young Museum

The de Young Museum was created in 1894, approximately 120 years ago. Its collection, consisting of priceless artifacts from 1670 to the present, including everything […]

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Dutch Windmill

Dutch Windmill

Golden Gate Park was formerly sand dunes; it was the “outside” part of San Francisco that not many people bothered to visit. After all, why […]

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Old Embarcadero freeway before the 1989 earthquake.

Embarcadero

The Embarcadero beauty is a key San Francisco attraction today that almost didn’t happen. From 1950 to 1990, the Embarcadero (which is the neighborhood, but […]

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orange F-Line Car

F-Line

Newer than you think, the F-Line was created in 1995 to enhance the post-1989 earthquake ground-level roadway called The Embarcadero. The cars, though, date back […]

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Ferry Building

Ferry Building

To make up for the lack of traffic through the doors since 1930 (when the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges were constructed), a series of […]

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Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf was originally just that – the wharf for fishermen during San Francisco’s Gold Rush of the 1850s. Over time, as the population of […]

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Fort Point diagram, San Francisco, California.

Fort Point

Although Fort Point never saw action during wartime, for security reasons, San Francisco officials decided to keep the fort for emergency purposes. Once it was […]

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Fortune Cookie Factory Sign

Fortune Cookie Factory

The Fortune Cookie Factory has served San Francisco locals and visitors for more than 50 years. Although not the typical “factory” you picture in your […]

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Solo Female Traveler on Cliff

GGNRA

Started in 1972, the GGNRA is protected land all around the bay area, not just in San Francisco. The 80,000 acres total include everything from […]

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Ghirardelli Sign

Ghirardelli Square

Italian chocolatier and entrepreneur Domingo Ghirardelli founded the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company during the San Francisco Gold Rush of the 1850s. A savvy businessman, he grew the […]

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Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands.

Golden Gate Bridge

As the second bridge built across the bay to San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge permanently etched its way into our hearts for two reasons. […]

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Golden Gate Park Sign

Golden Gate Park

In the 1860s, once the City of San Francisco sectioned off the land for Golden Gate Park for use as public green space, similar to […]

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Grant Avenue

Grant Avenue starts with the Chinatown Gate, a wooden-gate structure located on the corner of Bush Street and Grant Avenue. Walk underneath the gateway, and […]

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Tour the landmark Haight Ashbury sign in San Francisco, CA.

Haight Ashbury

The naming of Haight-Ashbury isn’t the most exciting story, but that won’t stop us from telling you. Henry Haight was a banker, and Munroe Ashbury […]

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Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley

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Jackson Sign

Jackson Square Historic District

Jackson Square Historic District — along with San Francisco — started with the Gold Rush of 1849, when the city grew from 800 to 25,000 […]

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Backpacker posing for photo at Lombard Street in San Francisco.

Lombard Street

Known as the “crookedest street in the world,” (some joke that it’s the second crookedest, after Wall Street), the 200-meter stretch of Lombard Street — […]

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1989 Earthquake in the Marina

Marina

The Marina originated after the 1906 Earthquake when several tons of debris were pushed into the San Francisco Bay marshland to be covered by the […]

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Mission Graffiti SFYT

Mission District

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View from Top of the Mark

Nob Hill

Named after the original magnates (nobs) who constructed their mansions at the top of the peak during the San Francisco boom days — some say […]

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Cafe Trieste

North Beach

First designated as part of Little Italy, North Beach is branded by a series of Italian flags painted on light posts in the streets. Typically […]

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Ocean Beach Surfer

Ocean Beach

In the past, Ocean Beach was known as “outside lands,” too far for most of the San Francisco general population to travel. Over time, as […]

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Old Saint Mary Church after 1906 Earthquake

Old St. Mary’s Cathedral

Constructed with a base of granite carried by ship from China, the structure of Old St. Mary’s Church has seen its fair share of history. […]

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Pacific Heights Solo Traveler

Pacific Heights

Started in the 1870s once residents could reach the area using the newly formed cable car, Pacific Heights turned into a posh neighborhood rather quickly. […]

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Seven Sisters

Painted Ladies

Well, we will. Best visited during the afternoon when the lighting is ideal, the Painted Ladies, or Seven Sisters, were constructed in the early 1900s […]

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Palace of Fine Arts Facade

Palace of Fine Arts

Built in 1915 for the San Francisco World Expo (called the Panama Pacific Exposition), the Palace of Fine Arts — along with 20+ other buildings […]

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Pier 39 crowds

Pier 39

Easily accessed by the F-line, San Francisco’s street-level answer to the cable car, Pier 39 has become the perfect family destination over the years. Everything […]

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American Flag flown in Portsmouth Square, San Francisco.

Portsmouth Square

Over time, as the people of San Francisco moved outward and over Nob Hill, Portsmouth Square turned from the hustle-and-bustle center of a new-growth city, […]

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Presidio canon in San Francisco, California

The Presidio

Sometimes called a second Golden Gate Park of San Francisco, the Presidio is a neighborhood and park with a militaristic-type theme. Since the fort’s closure, […]

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Peter and Paul Church North Beach

Saints Peter and Paul Church

Recognizable in photos, Saints Peter and Paul Church has been captured by millions of professionals and amateurs on camera. Even baseball great Joe DiMaggio, who […]

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San Francisco Bay View

San Francisco Bay

Consisting of mainly marshland, San Francisco Bay on average is around 10-15 feet deep, roughly the same depth as a deep swimming pool. On the […]

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Sea Lion looking at you

Sea Lions

To find the sea lions, you need to travel to the neighborhood of Fisherman’s Wharf, specifically Pier 39. They’re not ON the pier—that would be […]

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SOMA in San Francisco

SOMA

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Historic Sutro Baths of Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Sutro Baths

Adolph Sutro, a 19th-century millionaire and pioneer in the mining industry, was the man responsible for creating the Sutro Baths. After buying the land in […]

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Cannery Building landmark in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

The Cannery

Built in 1907 for the California Fruit Canners Association, the Cannery became home to one of the most famous fruit companies in the world, Del […]

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Homeless facts San Francisco

The Tenderloin

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Pyramid Skyscraper San Francisco

Transamerica Pyramid

Designed and debuted in 1972 on the historic Montgomery Block after 3 years of construction, the 853-foot structure became the world’s 8th tallest building upon […]

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Twin Peaks Observation Deck

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is the tallest hill in San Francisco, save one — Mt. Davidson. But comparing the views, the winner is no contest. Not only […]

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Union Square Flowers

Union Square

Nicknamed the heart of San Francisco because of its central location in the city (and next to the main thoroughfare of Market Street), Union Square […]

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Washington Square in North Beach.

Washington Square

Located in the Italian part of town, North Beach, Washington Square is the classic park of downtown San Francisco. And unlike the concrete Union Square, […]

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