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San Francisco

4.1
Islands · Bridges · Piers & Boardwalks
City by the Bay
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity. Spanish colonists established the city in 1776, but 80 percent of it was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and the fires that followed. Despite its outsize reputation, the city is physically quite compact, located on a relatively small square of land at the tip of a peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coast. This allows you to take sightseeing tours of most of the city's neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character and microclimate, on foot or by bicycle. To get around town on public transportation, buy a visitor's pass, available for one, three, or seven days, for unlimited rides on Muni buses, trains, streetcars, and cable cars. San Francisco also contains more restaurants than any other city in the country per capita, providing dining options to suit every traveler's tastes. Our United States trip maker website allows you to plan your trip to San Francisco and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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Popular things to do in San Francisco

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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Alcatraz Island ©
Island
Alcatraz Island
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Pier / Boardwalk
Fisherman's Wharf
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Golden Gate Park ©
Park
Golden Gate Park
4.6
Duration: 3h 30 min

Hidden gems in San Francisco

Exploratorium ©
Science Museum
Exploratorium
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Shopping Mall
Ferry Building Marketplace
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Garden
Japanese Tea Garden
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Twin Peaks ©
Lookout
Twin Peaks
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from San Francisco

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Napa
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Healdsburg
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
Sears Point Racing Experience ©
Auto Race Track
Sears Point Racing Experience Sonoma
4.9
Duration: 6 hours
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Forest
Muir Woods National Monument Mill Valley
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in San Francisco

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SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
Historic Site
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
City Lights Booksellers ©
Historic Site
City Lights Booksellers
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Grace Cathedral ©
Religious Site
Grace Cathedral
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Filbert Street Stairs ©
Historic Walking Area
Filbert Street Stairs
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in San Francisco

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California Academy of Sciences ©
Science Museum
California Academy of Sciences
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
Ghirardelli Square ©
Shopping Mall
Ghirardelli Square
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Cable Car Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Cable Car Museum
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
The Gregangelo Museum ©
Science Museum
The Gregangelo Museum
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in San Francisco

Crissy Field ©
Park
Crissy Field
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Marina Green
Park
Marina Green
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Washington Square ©
Park
Washington Square
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
Corona Heights ©
Park
Corona Heights
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

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