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The Embarcadero, San Francisco

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The Embarcadero is the eastern waterfront and roadway of the Port of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, along San Francisco Bay. It was constructed on reclaimed land along a three mile long engineered seawall, from which piers extend into the bay. It derives its name from the Spanish verb embarcar, meaning "to embark"; embarcadero itself means "the place to embark". The Central Embarcadero Piers Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 2002.The Embarcadero right-of-way begins at the intersection of Second and King Streets near AT&T Park, and travels north, passing under the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. The Embarcadero continues north past the Ferry Building at Market Street, Pier 39, and Fisherman's Wharf, before ending at Pier 45. A section of The Embarcadero which ran between Folsom Street and Drumm Street was formerly known as East Street.
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  • We visited before the ballgame, and then caught the S Train to 2nd and King for the Giants game. WELL WORTH the visit. This is a fun, trendy little strip of shops and local eateries with an EXCELLENT ...  more »
  • We walked a small part of the Embarcadero. From pier 39 to the end at the tram stop Powell/ Hyde.15- 20 minute walk, shops resturants and crab shops where you can pick your live crabs.  more »
  • Along the quay of the port there are sidewalk and several piers (best the 39), buildings and historical ships and beautiful visual of the city.
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