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  • 1 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    151 3rd St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94103

    San Francisco's premier showcase for modern art is housed in a delightful building (1995, Mario Botta) that seems to gaze benignly out over Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Together these insitutions form the creative heart of the district. Botta's d..

  • 2 Coit Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Telegraph Hill Blvd. USA - San Francisco, CA 94133

    Towering 180ft above a 32ft rectangular base, this fluted, con-crete column (1934, Arthur Brown, Jr.)-which, despite persistent local lore, was not designed to resemble a firehose nozzle-ranks today among the city's best-known landmarks both for its ..

  • 3 Alcatraz Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - San Francisco, CA 94133

    So close, and yet so far. Prisoners at Alcatraz, the federal maximum-security penitentiary known as the Rock, had a tantalizing view of San Francisco, but the mile-and-a-half span between the two landmasses was virtually unbridgeable. Escapees drowne..

  • 4 Asian Art Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    200 Larkin St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94102

    Housed since 2003 in the old Main Library-which was significantly revamped for its new tenant-the Asian Art Museum owns what is today considered to be the finest collection of Asian art in the nation. With particular strengths in Chinese art, includi..

  • 5 Golden Gate Bridge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lincoln Blvd. And US-101 USA - San Francisco, CA 94129

    Stretching across the narrow strait of the Golden Gate above the swirling union of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, this elegant Art Deco suspension bridge remains one of San Francisco's most beloved symbols. Yet it elicited passionate emotio..

  • 6 Lombard Street Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - San Francisco, CA 94133

    Among San Francisco's most photographed tourist attractions, the 1000 block of Lombard Street boasts eight switchbacks in its one-block descent from Hyde to Leavenworth. The block's natural 27 percent grade was gentled to 16 percent in 1922, when cob..

  • 7 San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    9th Avenue at Lincoln Way USA - San Francisco, CA 94122

    Covering 70 acres of rolling terrain, this outstanding botanical collection comprises 6,000 species of plants from all over the world. Arranged around a large, central lawn, its varied gardens shelter secluded benches and gentle pathways that invite ..

  • 8 San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    401 Van Ness Ave. USA - San Francisco, CA 94102

    Flanking a formal courtyard, these twin structures erected in memory of San Francisco's war dead served for decades as the city's center for the performing arts. The 1932 War Memorial Opera House (301 Van Ness Ave.) was the first city-owned opera hou..

  • 9 Palace of Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Accès direct de Downtown par la ligne de bus 30. 3001 Lyon St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94123

    Ranking among San Francisco's best-known landmarks, this grand rotunda and peristyle were replicated from structures designed by renowned architect Bernard Maybeck to house art exhibits for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The origin..

  • 10 Russ Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    235 Montgomery St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94104

    Built in 1927, this 31-story Gothic Revival landmark (George Kelham) was the tallest tower west of Chicago for 30 years. Filling an entire block of Montgomery Street, it is still a prime business address. A two-story give archway entrance leads to a ..

  • 11 Muir Woods National Monument Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    USA - San Francisco, CA

    This 560-acre plot of coast redwoods is one of the last virgin redwood forests in the Bay Area. Muir Woods became a national monument in 1908 after Congressman William Kent donated land to the US government, insisting the park be named for conservati..

  • 12 San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Entrée au sud du Japanese Tea Garden USA - San Francisco, CA

    This garden has 70 acres of rolling terrain with 6,000 species of plants from all over the world, arranged according to region of origin. Housed in Golden Gate Park, it was started with WPA funds supplemented by local donations in 1937. New projects ..

  • 13 Conservatory of Flowers Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    100 John F. Kennedy Dr USA - San Francisco, CA 94117

    This ornate Victorian glass palace shelters more than 20,000 rare and exotic plants under an octagonal central dome and two flanking wings. Golden Gate Park's oldest structure, the lacy white wood-frame building was prefabricated in Dublin, Ireland, ..

  • 14 de Young Museum Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., à l’angle de John F. Kennedy Dr. USA - San-Francisco, CA 94118

    A total of 950,000 pounds of copper was used to sheath the building and over the course of the next decade it will fade from bright copper to cinammon, then to a rich green that will blend in with the surrounding trees. The interior is centered on a ..

  • 15 Exploratorium Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    3601 Lyon St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94123

    Located in the cavernous, semicircular structure behind the Palace of Fine Arts rotunda (plans are afoot, however, to move to a larger space on the Embarcadero in coming years), this innovative museum of science, art and human perception has served a..

  • 16 Fisherman's Wharf Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jefferson St. between Grant & Hyde Sts. USA - San Francisco, CA 94133

    San Francisco's vibrant and colorful maritime legacy survives in this bustling and extremely popular district on the northeastern tip of the peninsula. A carnival atmosphere prevails on the rowdier east end of the wharf, especially at the Pier 39 Fes..

  • 17 Swedenborgian Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2107 Lyon St. at Washington St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94115

    This small, lovingly crafted wood-and-brick chapel, officially named the Church of the New Jerusalem, is better known as the Swedenborgian Church after Swedish scientist, philosopher and religious writer Emanuel Swedenborg, whose doctrines inspire th..

  • 18 345 California Street Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    345 California St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94104

    Two angular towers linked by a glass-enclosed "sky bridge" cap this futuristic skyscraper (1987, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill). The building incorporated the facades of earlier historic structures, including the J. Harold Dollar Building (192..

  • 19 555 California Street Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    555 California Street USA - San Francisco, CA 94104

    The city's largest building, this 52-story, dark-red behemoth (1971, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) competes with the Transamerica Pyramid for dominance of the skyline. The building contains 2 million square feet of office space. Its distinctive color c..

  • 20 The Presidio Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - San Francisco, CA 94129

    For more than two centuries, the Presidio's privileged setting on 1,480 acres overlooking the Golden Gate earned it a reputation as the most beautiful military installation in North America. Residents and visitors are drawn to the lushly forested exp..

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