San Francisco





San Francisco, located in northern California, is a metropolitan with population of 805,235, the fourth largest city in California and thirteenth largest city in United States. It is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the San Francisco Bay Area and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States. San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination, well-known for its liberal community, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture, scenic beauty, summer fog, and great ethnic and cultural diversity.

Attractions - District

  • Chinatown - the oldest and largest Chinese community outside of Asia.
  • Civic Center - primary center of government within the city and houses many important civic institutions.
  • Fisherman's Wharf - historic waterfront with museums, souvenir stores, historical buildings and piers, and scenic vistas over the Bay.
  • Mission District - home to the Mission Dolores Church, one of the oldest structures in the city, and a fantastic collection of murals of all sorts on the walls of many nearby buildings.

Attractions - Landmarks

  • Alcatraz Island - a famous former federal prison.
  • Cable Cars - world famous ride connects passengers on the hilly San Francisco area between Market Street and Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Coit Tower - a gleaming white tower dedicated to the San Francisco firefighters.
  • Golden Gate Bridge - a world famous landmark and is called one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
  • Lombard Street(between Hyde & Leavenworth) - the crookedest street in America.
  • Painted Ladies - famous row of Victorian houses.
  • Palace of Fine Arts - built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition and reminiscent of Roman and Greek architecture.
  • Presidio - a former military post with a fort, marine, military and historical exhibits.
  • Transamerica Pyramid - the tallest and most recognizable building in downtown San Francisco.

Attractions - Museums

  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco - Arts of India, China, western Asia (including Persia), South-East Asia, Korea & Japan.
  • Cable Car Museum - old cable car, exhibits and a shop.
  • California Academy of Sciences - one of the largest museums of natural history in the world.
  • Cartoon Art Museum - art of comics & cartoons, including original animation cels, comic book pages & early newspaper comic strips.
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum - contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas.
  • Legion of Honor - a fine art museum with French & European art.
  • de Young Memorial Museum - features American decorative pieces and anthropological holdings from Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
  • Exploratorium - a science museum with over 400 hands-on exhibits.
  • Fort Point National Historic Site - fort built before the American Civil War to defend San Francisco Bay against warships.
  • Haas-Lilienthal House - the Victorian era home that is open as a museum
  • Maritime National Historical Park - includes a fleet of historic vessels and a maritime museum.
  • Musée Mécanique - collection of penny arcade games
  • Museum of Modern Art - 20th century and contemporary art.
  • Museum of Performance & Design - collects materials about performing arts
  • Railway Museum - Antique streetcars and cable cars
  • Randall Museum - arts, crafts, sciences, and natural history.
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! - collection of bizarre and unusual events.
  • SS Jeremiah O'Brien - World War II Liberty ship located at Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Walt Disney Family Museum - Walt Disney's life, awards & memorabilia
  • USS Pampanito - Submarine located at Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Wax Museum - over 270 wax figures.
  • Wells Fargo History Museum - first location of the Wells Fargo company, history of the company and the California gold rush.
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Contemporary arts center with several galleries.
  • Zeum - hands-on, multimedia arts and technology museum for kids

Attractions - Parks

  • Angel Island - an island in San Francisco Bay that offers expansive views of the San Francisco skyline.
  • Candlestick Point - the first urban recreation area in the state of California.
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area - a U.S. National Recreation Area encompasses 59 miles (95 km) of bay and ocean shoreline and home to 1,273 plant and animal species.
  • Golden Gate Park - largest park in the city and is home to many museums and attractions including the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden and San Francisco Botanical Garden.
  • Lincoln Park - a 100 acres park dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln.



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