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The Best Things to Do in San Francisco

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Golden Gate Bridge , San Francisco
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One of the most photographed structures in the world, Golden Gate Bridge is the first feature of San Francisco you'll see when driving in fro
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Island
Alcatraz Island , San Francisco
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Tour the infamous former maximum-security penitentiary on Alcatraz Island. Nicknamed The Rock, this small island in the San Francisco Bay is
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Pier / Boardwalk
Fisherman's Wharf , San Francisco
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Encompassing the northern waterfront of San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf ranks as one of the city's top tourist attractions, packed with souv
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Park
Golden Gate Park , San Francisco
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Visit one of the country's largest and most-visited urban parks in the heart of the city at Golden Gate Park. The rectangular park is home to
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Science Museum
Exploratorium , San Francisco
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At Exploratorium, observe a fruit fly under a microscope, create smoke signals, improve your memory, or learn about the world through experim
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San Francisco

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Things to do in San Francisco include exciting and sophisticated activities suited to all kinds of travelers. The infamous former prison on Alcatraz Island is among the most popular destinations within the city. Packed with museums, galleries, historical buildings, souvenir shops, and seafood restaurants, the waterfront neighborhood of Fisherman's Wharf draws millions of visitors each year. To spend a relaxing afternoon with friends or family, head to Golden Gate Park and enjoy a lakeside picnic on one of its shaded lawns. Wine tasting tours of Napa Valley are immensely popular among gastronomes, while curious travelers of all ages will appreciate a trip to Exploratorium, a museum of art and science.

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Where to stay in San Francisco

From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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