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San Francisco

Known for Museums, Theatres and Culture

A city made for love, not walking – San Francisco is known for its great counter-cultural history and incredibly steep hills.

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Conjuring up images of peace signs, psychedelic rock music and hippies with flowers in their hair, the San Francisco of today is all that – and now even more.

With such a rich history, the hippy dream is still alive and well in San Francisco but it has been somewhat replaced by the city’s growing reputation as a global technology and innovation powerhouse. Indeed, a tie-dyed shirt would look positively out of place in the city’s financial district! This said, the new San Francisco remains one of America’s most liberal and progressive cities and retains every bit of the laid back Californian atmosphere it’s so well known for.

Given the city’s remarkably steep hills, the San Francisco cable car system is a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive way to get about. Of course, it can be very enjoyable to simply walk but it can be surprising just how tiring traversing even a few blocks can become!

San Fran is known for both the distinctive nature of its neighbourhoods and the quality of its tourist destinations. If you’re new to the city, Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to find your bearings and sample a little of San Francisco’s famously fresh seafood.

The Wharf is also home to several of the city’s most popular attractions such as family friendly Pier 39 with its shops aquarium, as well as the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Wharf even boasts its own wax museum! From there it’s just a short walk toward Union Square to indulge in some serious retail therapy.

Diversity is a very important characteristic for San Francisco, which is why simply exploring the various neighbourhoods can be very rewarding in itself. San Fran is home to the US’ largest Chinatown which can be explored independently or part of a walking tour. Little Italy is also a popular destination for tourists looking for a little something different, something that can also be found in Japan Town.

For a more traditional San Fran experience, the Embarcadero on the eastern seafront offers spectacular views across the bay and countless charming restaurants. If you’d prefer to make something for yourself, the Embarcadero also features an impressive farmer’s market selling the best in fresh local produce.

With so much going on, you may find yourself needing a place to relax. The Golden Gate Park (beside the iconic bridge) features 1,000 acres of delightful green space to wander about in – or for something very different indeed, why not head to Pier 33 and take a tour of the notorious Alcatraz prison island? Thankfully the ferry offers return tickets.

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Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot. 

This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day. 

Escape to “The Rock,” home of the infamous and abandoned island prison, and discover how it earned a reputation as a cold and unforgiving place.

Lombard Street is a well-known landmark worth seeing in San Francisco. Discover the beautiful sunsets and shops in this vibrant area.

This Roman-inspired palace built in 1915 remains a modern-day renaissance center of fine arts and science. 

This beloved park offers relaxation among trees, flowers and wildlife, right in San Francisco’s backyard. 

This vast scientific institution is one of the world’s largest museums of natural history.

Use all your senses as you explore science through dozens of interactive exhibits at San Francisco’s famous museum on Pier 15.

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Catch a boat ride to Alcatraz, cruise over the saffron spans of the Golden Gate Bridge by bicycle, and coast down winding roads to the charming streets of Sausalito on this 2-day guided tour.

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Pop around the City by the Bay with the flexibility of a hop-on hop-off bus pass. Hit iconic stops like Golden Gate Park, Pier 39, and Union Square, enjoy special nighttime routes, and take advantage of included extras like fun-filled walking tours and admission to Alcatraz.

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Hilly streets lined with colorful Victorians, eclectic neighborhoods from the piers of Fisherman's Wharf to the sunny streets of the Mission, and picture-perfect landmarks from the Golden Gate to the Haight—San Francisco's a treasure trove of must-see sights.

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Spend a day soaking up the natural splendor and breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park on this full-day excursion from San Francisco. Trek to a grove of giant sequoias, marvel at features like El Capitan, and enjoy free time to explore the park's outdoor wonders and historic lodges on your own.

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San Francisco CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to San Francisco’s top attractions at significant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. CityPASS tickets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.

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Get away for 2 days to the serene natural wonder of Yosemite National Park and spend the night in a comfortable hotel. With your guide, explore the popular park and marvel at renowned sites including El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, and Inspiration Point.

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