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  • 1 Transamerica Pyramid Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    600 Montgomery St.

    In the years since its 1972 completion, this bold pyramid has come to symbolize San Francisco, a role similar to New York City's Empire State Building or Chicago's Sears Tower. Designed by William Pereira to house the headquarters of the Transamerica..

  • 2 Twin Peaks Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Christmas Tree Point Rd.

    These two high points dominate the horizon west of downtown and are visible from more areas of the city than Mt. Davidson, highest point in San Francisco at 929ft. The two distinct but adjacent peaks reach 904ft (north peak) and 922ft (south peak). M..

  • 3 USS Pampanito Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Embarcadero

    A World War II, Balao-class submarine built in the Portsmouth naval shipyard in 1943, this deep-diving, 311ft vessel made a half-dozen patrols during her two years of service in the Pacific, sinking six Japanese ships and damaging four others. The ha..

  • 4 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    701 Mission St.

    Exploring such issues as race, class, gender, history, technology and art itself, the changing exhibitions in this low-slung, modern-istic building (1993, Fumihiko Maki) reflect the cultural diversity and experimental élan of the Bay Area. Designed t..

  • 5 Haas-Lilienthal House Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2007 Franklin St., près de Washington St.

    One of San Francisco's few Victorian-era residences open to the public, this imposing gray edifice (1886, Peter R. Schmidt) is among the last survivors of the many ornate single-family houses that once filled this eastern Pacific Heights neighborhood..

  • 6 Hallidie Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    130-150 Sutter St

    One of San Francisco's most noteworthy works of architecture, the seven-story office block was designed by Willis Polk (1917) and named for Andrew Hallidie, inventor of the cable car. Because the facade is formed by a modular grid of glass panes hang..

  • 7 Japanese Tea Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Au sud-ouest de Music Concourse

    Harboring a delightful maze of winding paths, stone lanterns, ornamental ponds, bonsai, a wooden pagoda, a Zen garden and a teahouse, this tranquil, five-acre garden has been a premier attraction since it was built for the Midwinter Fair of 1894. Aft..

  • 8 AT&T Park Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    24 Willie Mays Plaza

    Many baseball insiders consider San Francisco's major-league stadium to be the finest in the world. Opened in April 2000, it couples the mood of an early-20C urban ballpark, such as Boston's Fenway Park or Chicago's Wrigley Field, with modern ameniti..

  • 9 Golden Gate Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Encompassing more than 1,017 acres of meadows, gardens and public buildings, verdant Golden Gate Park is the largest cultivated urban park in the US. Three miles long and half a mile wide, it has 27mi of footpaths and 7.5mi of equestrian trails, all ..

  • 10 California Palace of the Legion of Honor Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    34th Ave.

    A gift to San Francisco from Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, the spirited wife of sugar magnate Adolph Spreckels, this museum houses Alma's collection of great sculptures by Auguste Rodin; a treasury of European art spanning some 4,000 years; and a sp..

  • 11 Walt Disney Family Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    104 104 Montgomery St.

    Walt Disney's daughter spent five years of her life working on this imposing museum which pays tribute to her father, presenting the life of the man who was awarded a total of 26 Oscars. Several galleries are dedicated to the great man himself, telli..

  • 12 San Francisco Zoo Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Sloat Blvd

    Set on 125 undulating acres on the southern fringe of the Sunset District, San Francisco Zoo has been steadily improving over the past decade. In 1997, San Franciscans approved a $48 million bond to rebuild two-thirds of the zoo by 2004, focusing on ..

  • 13 SS Jeremiah O'Brien Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pier 45

    This noble gray vessel formed part of the 5,000-ship armada that stormed Normandy Beach on D-Day in 1944. Launched on June 19, 1943, she was one of a fleet of 2,751 Liberty Ships that served as the backbone of the supply line to US armed forces in Eu..

  • 14 Stow Lake Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Serving as the park's main irrigation reservoir, this picturesque moat surrounding Strawberry Hill is the largest of the 15 man-made lakes and ponds that dot Golden Gate Park. Swarms of waterfowl share the water with a flotilla of small boats, which ..

  • 15 Sutro Heights Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Point Lobos Ave

    The grounds of Adolph Sutro's former estate occupy a striking promontory overlooking Cliff House and Ocean Beach. Although the residence was demolished in 1939, the property remains a paradise of well-tended lawns and stately groves of distinctive tr..

  • 16 Mission Dolores Interesting

    Religious buildings

    À l’angle de Dolores St. et de 16th St.

    Flanked by a historic cemetery and a lavishly ornamented 20C basilica, San Francisco's oldest extant structure serves as a distinct reminder of the city's Spanish heritage and a repository of early European history.The sixth mission in the Alta Calif..

  • 17 One Montgomery Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Montgomery St.

    Standing at the symbolic entry to the Wall Street of the West, this grand banking hall rose in the aftermath of the 1906 quake as the headquarters of First National Bank (later merged with Crocker Bank). The original section along Post Street, once a..

  • 18 Pier 39 Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pier 39

    Built over a dilapidated c.1900 pier, this festive, bilevel marketplace of more than 100 shops, 13 restaurants, and numerous rides and games ranks among the top tourist destinations in the state. A brightly painted, two-tiered carousel anchors the fa..

  • 19 Rincon Center Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    101 Spear St. at Mission St.

    This multistory shopping and residential complex (1989), a block south and west of the Ferry Building, boasts a panoply of stores and cafes. The former Rincon Annex Post Office (1940, Gilbert S. Underwood), which now functions as the center's lobby, ..

  • 20 Saints Peter and Paul Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    666 Filbert St.

    Built in Gothic Revival style with Italianate details, this handsome, twin-spired church (1924) fronting Washington Square is fondly known as the Italian Cathedral. Lawrence Ferlinghetti dubbed it the marzipan church on the plaza, a description parti..

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