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Chinatown - San Francisco

The Chinatown, centered in San Francisco, is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside China.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Chinatown, and the area surrounding it, in San Francisco is a wealth of colorful contradiction. I had the pleasure of walking San Francisco on foot, on two different days during my trip to the Bay Area and the day that I spent in Chinatown and the FInancial District was a feast for the eyes. It was a day where sensory overload was a sort of job hazard. I was so overwhelmed by all there was to see and photograph, I forgot. Forgot to buy the silk kimono I’d been dying to get, forgot to photograph whole windows I was enthralled by because I just stood staring at the displays of colorful wares and forgot to stop and eat at one of the little noodle cafes that made my mouth water on every block! I just walked…and then sat, for a while, in St. Mary’s Square Park. It’s a place right in the middle of the city that is an oasis of calm and green and growth. And for me, of peace and zen. Yet there are contradictions even there, hard metal lines, decay and metal sculpture break up the garden atmosphere and contradict the soft colorful lines of the children’s playground in the corner. I know this is cheesy, but on my walking tours I really did feel like I might float away on a cloud of happiness. I feel energized and alive in places like Chinatown, San Francisco.
Kirsten Alana

251 Followers, 22 Reviews


Of all the Chinatowns, this one reminds me the most of Hong Kong (minus the fish blood all over the alley). Great food and some fun souvenir shopping!
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco

Originally built for the famous 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to display the beautiful art works present, the eccentric Palace of Fine Arts is one of the best tourist attractions in the city of San Francisco. When illuminated fully, the building is a treat to the eye beholding its sublime beauty and presenting it in charmingly and seductively making it one of the must visit places in San Francisco.
Karthik Rao V

371 Followers, 70 Reviews


It is a monument structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit art works and till today, it remains as an icon for weddings too!
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Gorgeous place to stop by! Nice for a stroll, it's in a residential area away from a lot of the businesses.
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Twin Peaks - San Francisco

Offering a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of the whole city and located right in the heart of the city the majestic Twin Towers is a monumental natural wonder standing up to 920 feet above the sea level. It offers some breathtaking and stunning views of some of the most iconic symbols of the city like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, the Alcatraz and the Market Street making it a must visit place in San Francisco. Also if you are around the place in early morning, watching the sunrise from such an elevation is an experience you will never get again in your lifetime.
Karthik Rao V

371 Followers, 70 Reviews


I started my photo journey a little before noon at Twin Peaks for a supreme view of the Golden Gate Bridge which stands majestically to the left, the city, Oakland and the rest of the mighty Bay to the right.
Dave Barger

183 Followers, 24 Reviews


Mission District - San Francisco

There is something so beautiful and pure about mural art. San Francisco is filled with these public art displays but the best is in this ally off of Valencia in the Mission district. Stroll along Balmy and Clarion Alleys for some amazing works of art. These masterpiece murals painted by Mexican-American artists and other residents of this predominantly Latin-American neighborhood.
Valerie Fidan

501 Followers, 49 Reviews


Another spot with great art and the buzz of busy humans is the Mission District.
Dave Barger

183 Followers, 24 Reviews


Haight-Ashbury - San Francisco

One of the best things you’ll find in the Bay is the street art, particularly in San Francisco and Oakland. Haight-Ashbury District is a great place to soak up some public art and will greet you with its happening vibe. The tourist business may have replaced the Haight’s rebellious counterculture of the 60’s, but it still makes for a good afternoon walk.
Dave Barger

183 Followers, 24 Reviews


As your Magic ride continues, modern San Francisco blends with the past while you travel through the Financial District and central Market Street en route to the crossroads of the Summer of Love, Haight and Asbury streets.
Chris Hardman

120 Followers, 4 Reviews


Lombard Street - San Francisco

The street is the most twisted street I ever known, having 8 tight hairpin turns.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


We wanted a workout, so we did this backwards. We walked up from Fisherman's Wharf and then hiked UP Lombard Street after taking photos from the bottom. There are amazing views at the top!
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Ghirardelli Square - San Francisco

It is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman's wharf area of the city.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


For me, no trip to the Bay would be complete without going to Ghirardelli Square to wander and have a great sundae. Try the larger shop towards the back of the complex, it's more open and less crowded. The stores also give away free chocolate!
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

Clearly a MUST DO on any San Francisco sightseeing trip. If you're going over the bridge on a tour bus, bundle up! It's windy and cold!
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at night will be one of the highlights of this trip. Take the first exit after the bridge on the right, cross back under it and follow the road up the hill for several fantastic vantage points of the bridge. Park the car before the roundabout and track the bright light from downtown until you see the Transamerica Pyramid framed by the bridge. On the way back down, stop at the Battery Spencer. It is a perfect place to get out and walk towards the cliff and try and click some shots before you bid goodbye to the city. Travel Tip- The bridge us free to leave the city, but costs 6 bucks to come back in.
Dave Barger

183 Followers, 24 Reviews


San Francisco Zoo - San Francisco

It is a 100-acre zoo. The zoo is the birth place of 'Koko the gorilla', and housing 693 individual animals ,representing 197 species as of 2011.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Foreign Cinema - San Francisco

It may sound gimmicky, but the dinner-and-a-movie at Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission Street; 415-648-7600; www.foreigncinema.com) is an elegant, white tablecloth affair. If the weather’s nice, snag an outdoor table in the austere, vaguely Soviet cement courtyard. Start with oysters ($2 to $2.50 apiece), before carving into the likes of delicate tombo tartare with ginger-lime vinaigrette and the bavette steak. When the sun sets, a foreign film is projected silently on the far wall with subtitles. Heat lamps keep you toasty and, if you want to follow the dialogue, the waiter will even bring vintage drive-in speakers.
Valerie Fidan

501 Followers, 49 Reviews


Ritual Coffee Roasters - San Francisco

San Francisco’s coffee culture is legendary and on par with cities like Rome, Buenos Aires, Paris, and Seattle. Cafes form the vital social backbone of most neighborhoods and many are just as much cultural centers, performance venues and even living rooms for the city’s creative class as they are local businesses. And, in the Mission it is no different. Each cup of coffee is hand brewed at Ritual Coffee Roasters (1026 Valencia St.) at the Mission District’s hippest cafe and is sourced from a small and sustainable grower in one of the world’s top coffee growing regions. Besides the high grade cup of joe, Ritual is also the social center of bustling Valencia st, a hip and artistic area that is home to the city’s alternative set.
Valerie Fidan

501 Followers, 49 Reviews


Valencia Street - San Francisco

Mission Street itself isn’t going to offer much for shoppers other than thrift stores, Mexican pro wrestling masks, and a surprising number of shops selling cheap luggage. Just a block away, however, Valencia Street is starting to look a lot like its posh neighbor to the west, Noe Valley, though its boutiques and vintage clothing stores are decidedly younger and hipper. It’s also home to local favorite Ritual Coffee, perfect for a mid-shopping spree break.
Valerie Fidan

501 Followers, 49 Reviews


Dolores Park - San Francisco

One of San Francisco’s most popular parks, and for good reason. Take in an impressive view of the San Francisco skyline from atop Dolores Park (Dolores and 18th St.), a distinctly urban green space shaded by palm trees and frequented by families and colorful characters alike. Grab a few items at near by at Bi-Rite (550 Divisadero St.) and picnic in the park while people watching and admiring the city views.
Valerie Fidan

501 Followers, 49 Reviews


Tartine Bakery & Cafe - San Francisco

Sink your teeth into a flaky croissant or orange-scented morning bun at Tartine (600 Guerrero St.; 415-487-2600) a decadent bakery specializing in breakfast pastries and indulgent desserts. Although, there is always (and I mean always) a long line out the door since seating is laughably scarce; don’t let this scare you. It’s worth the wait — your tastebuds and tummy will be thanking you.
Valerie Fidan

501 Followers, 49 Reviews


Mission Dolores - San Francisco

Visit Mission Dolores (Dolores and 16th St.; 415-621-8203), the city’s oldest building and first mission. Founded by Spanish settlers in 1776, the mission and neighboring church feature historic adobe architecture. Scenes from Hitchcock’s Veritigo were filmed in the church cemetery.
Valerie Fidan

501 Followers, 49 Reviews


Misión San Francisco de Asís - San Francisco

Mission San Francisco de Asis or Mission Dolores, is the oldest surviving structure in the city and the 6th religious settlement as part of the California chain of missions.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


The Monk's Kettle - San Francisco

Monk’s Kettle (3141 16th St.) is a San Francisco Bay Area destination. Beer Experts pair and select from 200 brews and match up their unique pub food providing the ultimate Gastropub experience. There is always a Beer Specialist on hand to pair the perfect Beer with the perfect dish. This neighborhood bar with and unbelievable beer list is worth the stop. Did I mention that they also serve amazing food? Thing gourmet Mac n’ Cheese, seasonal fare, and juicy burgers with quality indigents. The food here is outstanding and pairs well with beers listed.
Valerie Fidan

501 Followers, 49 Reviews


Golden Gate Park - San Francisco

Having experienced the famous Haight through windows of time-altered perception, your next destination is the lush gardens of Golden Gate Park for a stop at Conservatory of Flowers. Hear how America’s largest urban park hosted the first Human Be-In and the first Earth Day. You may even join a drum circle!
Chris Hardman

120 Followers, 4 Reviews


California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco

The academy , built in 1853, is among the largest of natural history in the world and carries out education and research till today.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Japanese Tea Garden - San Francisco

It is a popular feature of the Golden Gate park.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


de Young Museum - San Francisco

Located in Golden Gate park, it is one of the Fine Art Museums of the city, along with the'Legion of Honor', named after its founder 'M.H. de Young, a early San Francisco newspaper man.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Tacos Vallarta - San Francisco

Finding a good Mexican restaurant or taqueria in the mission is hard. Not because there is a shortage but because there are so many good authentic places, authentic as being in Mexico. Grab a bite at the city’s quintessential taco joint, Tacos Vallarta (3033 24th St.). Try the delicious carnitas (stewed pork) tacos washed down with a fruity agua fesca. What’s not to love about $1.50 tacos? And, they are open late night. Perfect before calling it a night from a night of drinking.
Valerie Fidan

501 Followers, 49 Reviews


Candybar - San Francisco

Found a Groupon for this amazing spot. Delicious desserts, good deal!!!
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco

The concert hall is a component of the city's war memorial and performing art's center.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Dartealing Lounge - San Francisco

One of my fave things to do on a trip is have afternoon tea. This spot is wonderful and quaint in SoMa. Got a Travelzoo special and it was definitely worth it! Great selection of teas and sandwiches.
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Legion of Honor - San Francisco

It is part of the Fine Art Museums and the name is both used for museum collection and building . The museum displays a collection more than 6.000 years of ancient and European art!
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Contemporary Jewish Museum - San Francisco

It is a museum , which takes a current mission to make diversity of Jewish experience for audience through exhibitions and educational programs.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - San Francisco

A modern art museum .It is a non-profit organization and holds art based on the 20th century, which includes about 29,000 works of painting.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Lands End Trail - San Francisco

It is a park in the city's Golden Gate national recreation area and a trail is present for a walk around. Presently, a visitor center is operating since 2012.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Golden Gate Grill - San Francisco

Great spot for a snack while wandering Union Square!
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Hotel Triton - San Francisco

Awesome little boutique hotel. Really close to Market St, Chinatown, and Union Square. Very reasonable, good amenities, and super cute.
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Top of the Mark - San Francisco

Great spot to see a gorgeous sunset and get a few drinks.
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Baker Beach - San Francisco

It would be almost time for sunset when we reach here. If it is so, it means we are on schedule. Like me, you may have a good fortune of catching a local fisherman at work trying to nab some dinner for the evening. Don't miss the chance of snapping the Golden Gate Bridge from Baker's Beach. It was truly a quintessential moment for me. The beach is a place to socialize with the plenty of fellow tourists or locals, giving you enough space to enjoy at the same time.
Dave Barger

183 Followers, 24 Reviews


Cable Car Corner - San Francisco

It is enjoyable to ride on it around the city!
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Transamerica Pyramid - San Francisco

This skyscraper once represented the headquarters of Transamerica Corporation. It is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. Completed in 1972, it is the eighth tallest building in the world.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Coit Tower - San Francisco

The tower is 210 feet high telegraph hill built in 1933 by Little Hitchcock Coit.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


North Beach - San Francisco

Next, visit North Beach, where you will see the City Lights bookstore. City Lights was the epicenter of profound social change in San Francisco, where many famous Beat-generation poems were published and Beatniks like Jack Kerouac hung out.
Chris Hardman

120 Followers, 4 Reviews


Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

It is one of the busiest and well known tourist attraction in the western U.S. where seafood restaurants are available in plenty.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Boudin at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

My BFF loves clam chowder so we had to stop for the bread bowls. My personal favorite thing to order was the chili cheese bread bowl for breakfast. Chili cheese, eggs, and bread. Can't beat that combo!
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


PIER 39 - San Francisco

Pier 39 is a shopping center and a popular tourist attraction built on a pier. Marine mammals come there to halt on the docks!
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


Blue & Gold Fleet - San Francisco

Great way to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Wonderful city views. Check Groupon, Living Social, and Travelzoo first! There are always specials! We did the Escape from the Rock cruise and it was 2 for 1!
Daisy

231 Followers, 143 Reviews


Alcatraz - San Francisco

Far away from the chaotic streets of San Francisco lies an island usually called as "The Rock" and houses a prison which anyone will never dare to escape from. This beautiful island of Alcatraz also having a magnificent light house offshore of California is a famous and wonderful attraction of San Francisco. The famous prison and the lighthouse are historical landmarks and engineering marvels in the history of San Francisco and is now maintained by the National Park Service.
Karthik Rao V

371 Followers, 70 Reviews


Alcatraz Island - San Francisco

This was one place that I could vouch for the best view of the city, as I had never seen San Francisco the way i saw it when I reached Alcatraz. It's intriguing history reflected in every inch of a step I took around the island. And as I walked amongst the walls that once imprisoned ingenious criminals like Al Capone and Mickey Cohen, the walls seemed to be speaking back to me about their military and ethnic history. While I did have a choice to be part of some guided tour around the island, I broke away from those creepy cramped cells and climbed up the stairs of the lighthouse for the most breathtaking view of the bay and its city!
Anthony Khoury

119 Followers, 7 Reviews


Angel Island - San Francisco

This island offers views of San Francisco skyline, the Marin county headlands, and Mount Tamalpasis . It is currently designated a 'National Historical landmark'.
Manjari

103 Followers, 22 Reviews


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