San Francisco is a city filled with famous landmarks, tourist hot spots and unique places. It's easy to spend days on end sightseeing and getting to know the city by the bay and all it has to offer. If barking seals, overpriced bowls of chowder, and some closed down jail on an island are not your idea of sightseeing when you are in San Francisco, you've come to the right place. Presenting the MetroWize Hip Guide to Sightseeing in San Francisco. 10 places a lot of tourists overlook that you should be sure not to.
Golden Gate Park
Location: Between the Sunset and Richmond
In the relatively tiny, 7-square-mile San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is a bit of an anomoly. The park stretches for 45 blocks and has gardens, rolling hills, ponds, sports fields, picnic areas, gardens and buffalo's. Yes, Buffalo's...
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Location: Just across the Golden Gate Bridge
It’s the last day of your San Francisco sightseeing trip, you’re tired of roaming the concrete jungle, and are looking for an escape to clear your head. If this sounds like a problem you might get yourself into, the solution is obvious: pack a daypack and go to the Marin Headlands.
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Palace of Fine Arts
Loation: 3301 Lyon St. (Presidio)
There are few landmarks in San Francisco that are as visually appealing as they are culturally fulfilling. The Palace of Fine Arts is one of them though and while the roman and greek architecture stand out in the San Francisco skyline, this beautiful landmark is often over looked.
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Location: Great Highway and Fulton St.
There’s no way around it—San Francisco is known for fog, so going to a beach would seem like risky business. But Ocean Beach is well worth the trip when the weather is nice. Whether you’re a surfer, swimmer, or suntanner, Ocean beach is the place to be if you’re looking for some San Francisco sand beneath your toes.
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Location: 24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco is known for its incredible landmarks, but one the best of them could easily be overlooked if you don't check the schedule for a home game. The ATT ballpark is considered one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country, and those who haven’t attended a Giants’ game are missing out on an incredible experience.
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Location: 1 Ferry Building, The Embarcadero
Literally overshadowed by the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge, it’s no surprise that sightseers pass up the Ferry Building and head straight for the bridges. But if you look a little deeper into the life of this building, you can see why the Ferry Building ranks high up on the list of historic landmarks of our fair city.
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Twin Peaks Lookout
Location: Twin Peaks Boulevard (keep going up!)
Twin Peaks is your best bet for finding that perfect panorama of the city. Officially the highest point in San Francsico at 922 feet above sea level, the view And what’s best: You don’t have to escape the city to go there—it’s right up the hill from the Castro.
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Location: Grant Ave. and Bush St.
If there is one area in San Francisco that is most representative of the history of the city, it is Chinatown. Established in the 1850’s during the Gold Rush, it is is safe to say that Chinatown has seen the whole growth of San Francisco, from a small mining town to a bustling city.
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2981 24th St.
San Francisco is known for its diverse culture, and there is no better example of this than the dozens of murals in the Mission district. Off the beaten tourist path, this hidden gem of past and present Hispanic, Latino, and Chicano culture in San Francisco is one of the most beautiful sights of the city. Read more about the Mission Murals
San Francisco Zoo
Location: 1 Zoo Road (Oceanside)
For adults, there is a certain nostalgia about zoos, a portal back to the childhood days. For children, zoos can be a gateway into another world. The San Francisco Zoo has been a San Francisco institution for over three-quarters of a century, devoted to enriching both children and adult’s knowledge of the natural world.
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