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The Golden Gate Bridge

location_onGolden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.8 star(48.6K Google reviews)
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Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, CA

Once called "the bridge that couldn't be built," today the Golden Gate Bridge is one the seven wonders of the modern world and one of the most photographed structures on the globe. This magnificent span, perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rock and treacherous tides. You can drive, walk, wheelchair or bike across the bridge, and enjoy panoramic views of San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay, Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to visit the North and/or South side vista points to create that perfect Instagram shot.

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Cable Cars

location_onPowell/Mason Cable Car Turnaround, San Francisco, CA

Powell/Mason Cable Car Turnaround

4.5 star(1.7K Google reviews)
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2350 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA

Open daily until 11:00 PMsee hourshide hours

Monday:

6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Tuesday:

6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Wednesday:

6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Thursday:

6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Friday:

6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Saturday:

6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Sunday:

6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

No experience is more uniquely San Francisco than riding a historic cable car. Named a national landmark in 1964, cable cars (not to be confused with street cars) are manually propelled by cables embedded in the street. Drivers have become icons themselves, often regaling riders with big personalities and tunes played on the cable car bells. You can one of three lines, and board at the cable car turntables (the beginning or end of each route) or look for the brown-and-white cable car sign post along the routes. Tickets ($7) must be purchased either in advance (if boarding at the turntable) or with exact change on board. Unlimited daily ride passports are also available. PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, cable cars are not currently running. Please check the website for the most recent updates.

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Alcatraz

location_onAlcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA

Alcatraz Island

4.6 star(590 Google reviews)
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San Francisco, CA

Famously referred to as "The Rock," Alcatraz Island was home to a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963. Some of the most notorious criminals in 20th century American history were housed here, including Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz") and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Today, you can take a ferry across the bay to the island, and explore the Cellhouse, meet former guards and imagine life in an inescapable prison via an award winning audio tour. PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid 19 restrictions, Alcatraz tours are limited. Reservations will begin on February 8, 2021. Please see website for the most recent updates.

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Coit Tower

location_onCoit Tower, San Francisco, CA

Coit Tower

4.5 star(8.9K Google reviews)

1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, CA

Open daily until 5:00 PMsee hourshide hours

Monday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Perched atop historic Telegraph Hill sits the 210 ft. Coit Tower, also known as Coit Memorial Tower. A gift to the city from Lillie Hitchock Coit, it pays homage to the city's volunteer firefighters and has become an emblem of the San Francisco skyline. Its observation deck, reached by elevator (tickets can be purchased in the gift shop), provides 360-degree views of the city and bay, including the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. Public transportation is recommended if you want to see Coit Tower (or you can challenge yourself with a hike up the hill.) From the downtown area, you can take either the #30 or #45 line to Washington Square, located at the corners of Union & Columbus and transfer to the #39 Coit Tower bus. PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Coit Tower is currently closed. Please check the website for the most recent updates.

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Painted Ladies

location_onThe Painted Ladies, San Francisco, CA
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The Painted Ladies

4.4 star(16.4K Google reviews)
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Hayes St
San Francisco, CA

Most widely known for their starring role on TV in "Full House" and "Fuller House," the beautiful ladies on postcard row are one of San Francisco's most photographed attractions. A row of Victorian houses each painted in 3 or more vibrant colors that highlight their architecture, the homes are located across from Alamo Square in the heart of the city. To view the ladies, take Muni line #21 westbound from downtown to the corner of Hayes and Steiner streets, or view them from one of many city tours that visit the area. Insider tip for your best Insta shot: visit during sunset when the golden glow from the west makes the colors most vibrant.

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Fisherman's Wharf

location_onFisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA

Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco, California, United States

A must-see on every visitor's list, San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is one of the world's most famous waterfront communities. While learning more about the city's history, you can feast on delicious dungeness crab, clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, or world-famous Ghirardelli Chocolate. Walk off the calories by exploring PIER 39 and meet the local sea lion residents (just don't feed them anything!) From PIER 39, you can take in panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge and more. With great shopping, attractions and fresh seafood and local cuisine, a day on the Wharf is perfect for the entire family.