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Weather you want to pick up lunch at a farmers' market, stroll a breathtaking beach, or visit a world-class museum, San Francisco has attractions for all. Check out these suggested itineraries and tours and not-to-miss places of interest.

Must See Attractions in San Francisco
From Golden Gate Park to Chinatown, these are the must-see attractions in San Francisco that should not be missed by visitors.

San Francisco Neighborhood Guide
San Francisco is a city of neighborhoods, each one with its own flavor, identity and even climate. This article introduces you to North Beach, Union Square, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, The Castro, Fisherman's Wharf, The Marina District, The Mission, Japantown and the Civic Center.

Art Museums in San Francisco
From the Museum of Modern Art to the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Asian Art Museum to the Contemporary Jewish Art Museum, San Francisco is an art lovers paradise. Check out our pick of the top art museums in San Francisco.

San Francisco Tours
There is so much to see in San Francisco it is often much wiser to take a guided tour of the city to cover as much ground as possible. From walking tours to bay cruises, culinary tours to trips to the redwoods, there are endless tour possibilities in and around the city of San Francisco.

Free Things to do in San Francisco
Free things to do in San Francisco

San Francisco Parks
San Francisco's favorite green spaces for hiking, strolling, picnicking, and more

San Francisco With Kids
With its green parks, innovative museums, and outdoor fun, San Francisco is a paradise for families. Here are the top picks for seeing San Francisco with children.

Best Things to See and do in San Francisco
Best Things to See and do in San Francisco

Insider San Francisco
San Francisco insider guide

The Best Shopping in San Francisco
Shopping in San Francisco

San Francisco Parks
A guide to San Francisco Parks

Stern Grove
Stern Grove in San Francisco

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2011
Schedule for Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

100 Things to do in San Francisco
100 Things to do in San Francisco

Things to do with Kids in Golden Gate Park
Things to do with Kids in Golden Gate Park

Major Attractions
Check out San Francisco's top attractions, from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known art museums, parks, and neighborhoods.

Tours and Itineraries
Get to know the city's diverse cultures, cuisines, and curiosities on one of these top tours and suggested itineraries.

Major Attractions in San Francisco
Things to do in San Francisco

Top Ten Things To Do in Fisherman's Wharf
Ultimate list of the top attractions and activities at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf including the museums, dining on the bay and where to see live music, magic shows and other street performers.

Renting a Bicycle in San Francisco
Renting a Bicycle and touring the waterfront is one of the most fun and active ways to explore San Francisco. Adventurous visitors can even cross the Golden Gate Bridge and return to the city by ferry from Marin County.

San Francisco Hidden Gem: Fort Mason Center
The About.com guide to Fort Mason San Francisco, home of the Mexican American Museum, the Italian American Museum, Green's Vegetarian Restaurant, The Magic Theater, The Fort Mason Green, a Sunday Farmer's Market and The Fisherman's Wharf Youth Hostel.

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf
Guide to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. What to do, where to eat, where to shop, activities for kids, how to get there, when to go and more.

The San Francisco Art Institute
The San Francisco Art Institute is a hidden gem, containing important works of art, impressive architecture and awesome views of San Francisco and the Bay. An on-site cafe serves breakfast and lunch during the week.

The Palace of Fine Arts - Ancient Greece in the heart of the city.
The Palace of Fine Arts is an Ancient Greek Temple located in the middle of modern day San Francisco. It is a frequent site for weddings, picnics and other ourtdoor activities and is also home to the Exploratorium, an interactive science museum that is fun for children of all ages.

The Palace of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts is an Ancient Greek Temple located in the middle of modern day San Francisco. It is a frequent site for weddings, picnics and other ourtdoor activities and is also home to the Exploratorium, an interactive science museum that is fun for children of all ages.

The Exploratorium
Endless hands on science exhibits designed to entertain as well as educate young and old alike make the Exploratorium one of San Francisco´s most popular family destinations.

The Marina District
San Francisco´s chic waterfront nieghborhood is not only home to major landmarks like the Palace of Fine Arts and Crissy Field but offers visitors a good selection of shopping, dining and nightlife options as well.

The Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood
San Francisco's hippie headquarters and bastion of elegant victorian mansions, the Haight-Ashbury is a great place to shop, people watch, do some off-the-beaten path neighborhood exploration and relax in, as it holds several large city parks.

The Cable Car: A San Francisco Icon
Find out how to ride San Francisco's famous cable cars, including their routes, fares and timetables. Also includes information on the Cable Car museum and the history of the Cable Cars themselves.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA
This modern marvel of art and architecture is San Francisco's showcase museum. Here is info on visiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, including hours of operation, exhibits and exhibitions, entrance information and special events.

Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill
Visitors guide to Coit Tower, the iconic landmark that towers over the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Also includes info on the garden lined Filbert Steps and the artwork inside the tower.

The Yerba Buena Gardens Complex
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, The Zeum Children's Museum, an Imax Theater, Free Summer Concerts, and Ice Skating Rink and more....All in the center of Downtown San Francisco.

The Civic Center of San Francisco
The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco´s City Hall, outdoor festivals and large public markets make San Francisco´s Civic Center an interesting place to explore.

The Castro District
San Francisco's Castro District is ground zero for the city's gay and lesbian scene. Bars, clubs, fashion shops and spas dot the area and diners will discover some of the Bay Area's best restaurants hidden away here.

Visiting Sausalito
The picturesque town of Sausalito lies just across the bay from San Francisco, and is one of the most popular day trips from the city. Take the ferry to Sausalito for lunch, rent a bike and cross the Golden Gate Bridge to get there or simply drive on over.

The San Francisco Zoo
Have Lunch with the Lemurs, Tour the African Savanna, Discover the Insect Zoo and spot Stephen Colbert Jr. at Eagle Island.

San Francisco's Pier 39
Bayfront restuarants, shops, and attractions galore, Pier 39 is family fun taken to the extreme. This is the place to let those kids - who may have been bored with all the museums and sightseeing - loose and wild. From rocketboat rides to giant video arcades, magic shows to the Aquarium by the Bay, Pier 39 has enough full-on fun to keep the...

Twin Peaks: San Francisco's Best View
Panoramic views of San Francisco, the bay and both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridge make Twin Peaks the best spot in San Francisco for those who want a vista to die for.

San Francisco in the Summer
Things to do in San Francisco in the Summer

The Palace of the Legion of Honor
Artifacts from ancient civilizations, masterpieces of European art and rotating exhibits of top modren artists come together at this architectural marvel, which was modeled on a Parisian Palace. The dramatic clifftop location of the Legion of Honor, one of the city's most important museums, means that sweeping city views are icing on the cake.

Land's End: The Wildest Place in the City
The rugged and wild northwestern corner of San Francisco is where the waves of the mighty Pacific crash up against craggy cliffs. The Land's End Trail runs for miles along the protected and natural coastline, and is a favorite destination for local and visiting nature lovers.

The de Young Museum
One of Golden Gate Park's main attractions, the de Young Museum is a space-age architectural masterpiece that houses American fine art as well as craftwork from around the world. From it's tower, Golden Gate Park and the city of San Francisco are spread out before you.

The Asian Art Museum
Guide to San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, home to one of the largest collections of Asia art in the western world. A San Francisco Landmark and on of its top art institutions, the museum is located in the Civic Center, close enough to walk to from Union Square.

San Francisco Victorian Architecture
Victorian architecture is the synonymous with San Francisco in many peoples minds. This guide will tell you where to see Victorians, what they are, why they are so ornamental and how they were built.

Grace Cathedral: San Francisco's Notre Dame
A French Gothic Church sitting on the very top of San Francisco's Nob Hill, Grace Cathedral is one of the architectual landmarks of the city. Check out the bronze doors, the Keith Haring AIDS memorial and the walkable labyrinths.

From Coit Tower to Grace Cathedral, the fanciful Victorians to the starkly...
From Coit Tower to Grace Cathedral, the fanciful Victorians to the starkly futuristic Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco is an architecture buff's dream come true.

Nob Hill: Living the High LIfe
Guide to Nob Hill, downtown San Francisco's landmark studded posh neighborhood. Visit Grace Cathedral, marvel at the views and visit some swanky hotels.

The Richmond District
From the best Asian eateries in the city to golden sand nude beaches, the Richmond district is one of San Francisco's most dynamic neighborhoods. Check out the Legion of Honor museum, shop for Russian pastries or drown your sorrows in stout and good cheer at one of the neighborhood's many Irish pubs.

The Historic Streetcar: Riding the F Market Street Line
Authentic streetcars from all over the world cruise up and down Market Street, San Francisco's main downtown artery. Visitos can use these elegant artifacts from a byegone era to get to Fisherman's Wharf, explore downtown, or take a trip up to the Castro District.

The Japanese Tea Gardens
Step into old world Japan and sip high quality green tea overlooking a Koi pond in the crown jewel of Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Gardens.

Stowe Lake: The Heart of Golden Gate Park
Slip away from the city completely as you rent a boat and row or pedal your way around swan and duck studded Stowe Lake.

Mission Dolores: The Oldest Building in the City
Visit the oldest building in San Francisco, now a museum and architectural landmark in the heart of the Mission District. Make sure to check out the ancient cemetery and the towering basilica located right next door.

The California Academy of Sciences
Learn about cosmic evolution in the Planetarium, meet the arctic penguins in the Aquarium and experience a simulated earthquake in the California Earthquake Experience.

The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
The oldest existing plant conservatory in the Western hemisphere, San Francisco's conservatory of flowers is both an architectural and a natural delight. Immerse yourself in a Victorian era garden of blooming exotic flowers, including a collection from the tropical rainforests of the world.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden
From an Andean cloud forest to a towering grove of redwoods, the Asian moon viewing garden to the South African flower garden, San Francisco's botanical gardens hold more biodiversity than most continents.

Angel Island State Park
The largest island in the San Francisco bay is completely preserved as a State Park and is ready for nature buffs and outdoor enthusiasts to to enjoy its many charms. Getting there is half the fun, as the ferry ride across the San Francisco Bay provides views in all directions.

The Beat Museum
Want to know the full story of the Beatniks, the countercultural movement that launched the hippies and the social revolution of the 1960s and 1970s? Then come to North Beach and check out the Beat Museum, where photos, art work, books and other displays chronicling this fascinating but often overlooked period in American history await.

The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi
Built in 1859, this Norman Gothic church is not only a historical landmark but was designated as the National Shrine of San Francisco's namesake, Saint Francisco of Assisi, by the Franciscan Order in 1999. In 2008 a replica of the Porziuncola that Saint Francis himself restored was built adjacent to the church, and has become a site of...

Glide Memorial Church
Visit is San Francisco's legendary progressive spiritual powerhouse, Glide Memorial Church, where homeless are fed three meals a day, free healthcare is available to all and the West Coast's most soulful gospel choir rocks the building to its very foundation every Sunday.

The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
A collection of historic sailing ships and ferries from the golden days San Francisco's position as the west coast's most importnat international seaport await visitors at the Maritime National Historic Park. Step onto the deck of the Balcutha, a 1896 square rigger that once crossed the mighty Pacific filled with cargo and explore the giant...

San Francisco Churches
Nowhere is San Francisco's stunning architecture more apperant than in its churches, which grace nearly every neighborhood of the city. But San Francisco's churches are more than just pretty buildings; from soul shaking gospel choirs to Papally decreed holy sites, San Francisco's churhes are living houses of the spiritual life of the city.

Sightseeing Tours of San Francisco
There is so much to see in the compact city of San Francisco that visitors often take sightseeing tours. These bus tours usually inlude all the major sights of the city like the Golden Gate Bridge, City Hall, Nob Hill, Coit Tower, Chinatown and Coit Tower.

San Francisco Bay Cruises
Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz while enjoying dinner, a glass of champagne or just the brisk wind and the awesome views of the San Francisco skyline.

Tours From San Francisco
San Francisco is the natural base for exploring many Northern California attractions including Yosemite, the wine country, Muir woods and both Monterrey and Carmel on the coast. Most tours pick you up and drop you off right at your San Francisco Hotel.

Washington Square Park
The sunnies spot in North Beach, Washington Square Park is one of San Francisco's best loved urban oasises. Grab a sandwich at a nearby deli or some fresh fruit from Chinatown and enjoy!

The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Modern art with a distinctly Jewish slant, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is an important part of San Francisco's museum scene. Located right next to Yerba Buena gardens and just steps from the massive SFMOMA, it is also easy to add to a day of sightseeing in the city.

A Week of Glorious Gluttony
San Francisco's top chefs put out their best for a week long smorgasbord of non-stop food and wine tastings that will have you begging for mercy by the end of the first night but right back at the head of the line the next day.

Ghiradelli Square: Where Chocolate flows like Water
Get your fill of chocolate and explore one of the waterfront's coolest historic shopping complexes at Ghiradelli Square, located right at the western end of Fisherman's Wharf.

Inside the Armory: Touring Kink.com
Ready to dive headfirst into San Francisco's largest porn studio? Start with a tour of Kink.com, located inside of a massive historic armory in the hip Mission District.

Visiting Lombard Street
No trip to SF is complete without checking out the "Crookedest Street in the World" - Lombard Street.

A Trip Down Barbary Lane (Macondray Lane)
Visit the setting of Armistead Maupin's famous "Tales of the City" series, hidden away among the million dollar homes of San Francisco's posh Russian Hill neighborhood.

Exploring Hayes Valley

Top Christmas Activities in San Francisco
Top Christmas Activities in San Francisco

Enchanted Hyde Street: Russian Hill's Charming Heart
Ride the cable car to tree-shaded Hyde Street, the bustling heart of the upscale Russian Hill neighborhood and home to many fine restaurants and cafes.

Chinese New Year in San Francisco 2014

Exploring San Francisco's Embarcadero
Visit the Ferry Building Farmers Market, bike the waterfront and tour the TCHO chocolate factory in the bayfront Embarcadero area.

Exploring the Financial District

Alamo Sqaure Park

The Museum of the African Diaspora
Learn about slavery and the spread of African culture around the world at this fascinating centerpiece of San Francisco's museum scene.

The Cartoon Art Museum
Explore the five galleries and over 6,000 pieces of work at the Cartoon Art Museum, located right in downtown San Francisco

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