The San Francisco Insider
covers San Francisco's top sights
and includes dozens of original photos.
From world-class attractions to the
hidden treasures often overlooked by
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Francisco Tip for
We're often asked to list our ten favorite San Francisco sights - the "don't miss" places that everyone should see. So without further ado, here they are:
Golden Gate Bridge - Without a doubt, the Golden Gate Bridge is THE symbol of San Francisco. Not only is it one of the longest single-span suspension bridges in the world (almost 2 miles long), but it is also one of the strongest, built to withstand winds of over 100 miles an hour.
Alcatraz - The island was named for the Spanish word for â€œpelicanâ€ â€“ which is especially appropriate now that it is (at least partially) a sanctuary for birds. It was originally occupied by the military as a fort; followed by an army prison camp (where the prisoners created the jails that held them); then as the famous "prison within the prison system" where the nation's worst criminals were sent; then as the site of a Native American peace community; and now it is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Golden Gate Park is host to a wide variety of running, sporting and musical events. Check out the event calendar to see what's happening today. While you're there, be sure to enjoy some of the Park's other attractions, which include 3 man made lakes, horseback riding, polo fields, golf courses, tennis courts, an Arboretum, and the wonderfully serene Japanese Tea Garden.
Lombard Street - the famous one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight hairpin turns, have earned Lombard Street the designation as the "the world's crookedest street."
Cable car - Another San Francisco icon. If you don't plan to ride one to get around town, at least visit the Cable Car Museum.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is the Bay Area's premier venue for adventurous contemporary art. Located at Mission & Third Streets in the Yerba Buena Gardens district of downtown San Francisco, the multidisciplinary art center features exhibitions, performance, film/video and community engagement programs.
The Presidio - Formerly a military base, now administered by the National Park Service, The Presidio's attractions include picnic areas, beaches, and a golf course. The Presidio is also rich in history -- be sure to learn about it at the Visitor Center and then explore by walking or driving through the miles of trails and roads that circle around the former base.
Marin County - Just over the bridge (or a short ferry ride away from the financial district) lies an area of quaint seaside villages and wonderfully hilly terrain. Not surprisingly, Marin is a favorite spot for bike rides.