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San Francisco Sights

The Bay Area is blessed with spectacular scenery and attractions, including the Bay, Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, redwood forests of Muir Woods, and the wine country of Napa and Sonoma Counties.  Within a few hours lies the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur, Yosemite National Park, and the Sierra Mountains.

SAN FRANCISCO LANDMARKS

embarcaderoArrowA few destinations stick out in everyone’s mind when they think of San Francisco, and for good reason, these attractions have been SF favorites for decades.

Fisherman’s Wharf: http://www.fishermanswharf.org/
Pier 39: http://www.pier39.com/index.cfm 
Union Street: http://www.unionstreetshop.com/
Ghiradelli Square: http://www.ghirardellisq.com/
Golden Gate Bridge: http://www.goldengatebridge.org/visitors/
Alcatraz: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/ 
Grace Cathedral: http://www.gracecathedral.org/welcome/overview/
Coit Tower: http://www.sftravel.com/coit-tower-san-francisco.html
Painted Ladies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painted_Ladies 

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, THEATERS, AND SCIENCE

CA-academyOfSciencesSan Francisco has a plethora of museums, galleries, theaters, and science attractions to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for exploring a roof-top garden or listening to singing winds along the coast, San Francisco has something for everyone.

California Academy of Sciences: http://www.calacademy.org/
Exploratorium: http://www.exploratorium.edu/
Palace of Fine Arts: http://www.palaceoffinearts.org/
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: http://www.ybca.org/
Aquarium of the Bay: http://www.aquariumofthebay.org/
deYoung Museum: http://deyoung.famsf.org/
Asian Art Museum: http://www.asianart.org/
Contemporary Jewish Museum: http://www.thecjm.org/
Orpheum Theatre: http://www.shnsf.com/
San Francisco Zoo: http://www.sfzoo.org/
Teatro Zinzanni: http://love.zinzanni.org/
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: http://www.sfmoma.org/
San Francisco Ballet: http://www.sfballet.org/
Wave Organ: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/places/waveorg.htm 

NATURE

GGParkEven in the middle of big city you can find lots of nature parks to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Golden Gate Park: http://www.sftravel.com/ggpark.html 
San Francisco Botanical Gardens: http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/
Stow Lake: http://www.yelp.com/biz/stow-lake-boat-and-bike-rentals-san-francisco
Buena Vista Park: http://www.sfnpc.org/buenavistaparkhistory
Twin Peaks: http://www.sftravel.com/twinpeakssanfrancisco.html
Japanese Tea Gardens: http://japaneseteagardensf.com/
Shakespeare Garden: http://www.yelp.com/biz/shakespeare-garden-san-francisco
Maritime National Park: http://www.nps.gov/safr/
Find out which parks are dog-friendly here: http://www.sfdogparks.com/ 

PACIFIC OCEAN AND SAN FRANCISCO BAY

San Francisco is surrounded by the gorgeous Pacific Ocean and the iconic San Francisco Bay. There are many interesting beaches and shore-side activities, from Alcatraz to windsurfing.

Ocean Beach: http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/ocean-beach.html
Baker Beach: http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/baker-beach.html
Alcatraz: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/ 
Sutro Baths: http://www.sutrobaths.com/
San Francisco Bay: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Bay_Area 

HIDDEN GEMS ONLY THE LOCALS KNOW ABOUT

Everyone loves the attractions and places that make San Francisco famous, but there are also hidden wonders known only by the locals. Here are some of our favorites.

Mosaic Steps: http://www.tiledsteps.org/
Cartoon Art Museum: http://cartoonart.org/
Dolores Park Movie Night: http://www.doloresparkmovie.org/
Filbert Steps: http://www.sisterbetty.org/stairways/filbertsteps.htm
Yerba Buena Gardens: http://www.yerbabuenagardens.com/
Stern Grove Festival: http://www.sterngrove.org/
Marin Headlands: http://www.nps.gov/goga/marin-headlands.htm
Seward Street Slides: http://sanfrancisco.going.com/event-184965;Seward_Street_Slides#
Musee Mecanique: http://www.museemechanique.org/

SAN FRANCISCO NEIGHBORHOODS

paintedLadiesSan Francisco is a city of diversity. There are so many different neighborhoods, with each one unique from the rest. As with all big cities, it helps to find your niche, and there are plenty of choices.

The Marina: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/marina/
Tenderloin: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/tenderloin/
SoMa: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/soma/
The Mission: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/mission/
Western Addition: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/westernaddition/
Union Square: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/unionsquare/
Pacific Heights: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/pacificheights/
Bernal Heights: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/bernalheights/ 
Cole Valley: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/colevalley/
Nob Hill: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/nobhill/
Noe Valley: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/noevalley/
Potrero Hill: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/potrerohill/
Fisherman’s Wharf: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/fishermanswharf/
Chinatown: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/chinatown/
The Haight: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/haight/
Hayes Valley: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/hayesvalley/
Castro: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/castro/
North Beach: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/northbeach/
Inner Richmond: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/innerrichmond/
Inner Sunset: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/innersunset/
Outer Richmond: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/outerrichmond/
Outer Sunset: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/outer

OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES

http://www.sanfrancisco.com/
http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/
http://www.sfweekly.com/
http://sfist.com/
http://www.7x7.com/
http://www.sanfranmag.com/
http://squidlist.com/events/
http://sf.eater.com/
http://www.thrillist.com/list/San+Francisco
http://www.dailycandy.com/san-francisco/
http://www.groupon.com/san-francisco/
http://www.plumdistrict.com/san_francisco/area/san_francisco