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Sightseeing and landmarks in San Francisco

Art museums

Art Museum
“The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.”
  • 484 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum in this part of the country to show only modern art. There are currently more than 29,000 pieces of work on display including paintings, sculptures, photographs and architecture”
  • 313 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This museum has one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world - it's worth a visit!”
  • 103 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This museum makes me feel like I'm in Europe. I did many art classes in here copying old masters pieces of arts.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Art Museum
“ 4000 years of ancient & European art in a beaux arts building overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Legion of Honour, San Francisco's most beautiful museum, displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting with dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean. The Legion’s rich collection, approximately 250 paintings on view present a survey of artistic accomplishments by Europe’s leading masters, such as Claude Monet. The Ancient Art collection contains splendid examples of art from these early civilisations, spanning more than 5,000 years, ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Located in the heart of Yerba Buena Gardens, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents cutting-edge, contemporary visual art, performances, film/video and community engagement programs that celebrate innovation and experimentation by local, national and international artists working today. Distinguished by its support for contemporary artists from around the world, YBCA is also recognized for the important role the organization plays in the San Francisco Bay Area arts ecology and in the community at large. Artistically, YBCA is decidedly “cutting edge,” presenting and exhibiting work by artists who are pushing the boundaries of their art in form and/or content.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Museum
“Randall Museum of science and nature in San Francisco offers live animal exhibits, classes and activities in science and art for all ages. Free admission. A good place to take kids to”
  • 33 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“Learn the history of the cable cars and see the cables that pull the cars up and down the hills. This is a working site and lots of fun to see for adults and children.”
  • 81 locals recommend
History Museum
“The GLBT Historical Society Museum, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, is the first stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history and culture in the United States. At 1,600 square feet (150 square meters), the museum, while small, packs a powerful punch, celebrating the city’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Take an audio tour of this authentic WWII submarine, now a National Historic Landmark. You will get to explore the entire submarine and learn what it was like for sailors aboard this vessel during wartime. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
History Museum
“See how the famous San Francisco cable cars work in this barn/museum that controls the cables that run under the streets. The cable cars "grab" onto these cables - very cool to see how it all works.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“If they are having a jazz concert, it will be old timers doing jazz that is well worth a visit. Definitely take Uber/Lyft directly to the front door-- this area can be shady. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Experience the Presidio story from 10,000 years ago to the present through multi-media displays – including films, images, and artifacts. Free admissions from Tuesday thru Sunday. 2.5 miles away.”
  • 3 locals recommend
History Museum
“Free! And very cool. Stagecoach to play in and photos of the earthquake in 1906. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Located in the Plaza is the Historic Mint that survived the 1906 Earthquake & Fire!”
  • 3 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Park
“There's lots of sightseeing and hiking in the Presidio The Presidio, a 1,500-acre park on a former military post, is a major outdoor recreation hub. It has forested areas, miles of trails, a golf course and scenic overlooks. Other highlights include grassy Crissy Field with Golden Gate Bridge views, Civil War–era Fort Point and sandy Baker Beach. Historic buildings house the Walt Disney Family Museum, eateries, homes and businesses like Lucasfilm, with its Yoda Fountain.”
  • 172 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The most famous street in downtown San Francisco. Great place for photos and to walk up + down. If you have a car, definitely drive down for a fun experience!”
  • 141 locals recommend
Park
“Sandy beach & kitesurfing hotspot with a Golden Gate bridge backdrop, picnic tables & a promenade. Great place to take a long walk and see the amazing Golden Gate Bridge in the back drop! ”
  • 270 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A former bathhouse that burned down, Sutro Baths is a must for sight-seeing. Travelers can still see remnants of the former bathhouse and it is extremely cool to walk on the skeleton of it. There are a couple easy trails near Sutro Baths that lead to killer views of the Golden Gate Bridge!”
  • 140 locals recommend
Park
“Just a few blocks South of here, a great little under-visited park with beautiful bonus views of the Golden Gate bridge at the top (of a fairly steep hill). Tennis courts are hiding up there, as are some fun trails for running / walking. One of my favorite green spots in the city. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Park
“Great view of the City without all of the Twin Peaks tourists. Walking paths and stairs make this pretty accessible. Also, there is a cute little museum. Known by the SF Nickname of "Rocky Mountain".”
  • 88 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“On a clear day, you can see forever-- you can see the whole city. Definitely bring a jacket for men on a sunny day the wind can put a San Francisco hill through your bones :-)”
  • 54 locals recommend
Park
“11+ acre park with amazing views of the city. Great playground, tennis courts.”
  • 57 locals recommend

Historic sites

Farmers Market
“Market inside Ferry Building with a diverse selection of famous SF eateries: Hog Island Oyster Co, Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle, Miette and more.”
  • 464 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“This old-school movie palace has been a fixture in the Castro neighborhood since 1922. The grand interior and signature pre-show organ music are worth the price of admission alone — but stick around for their ever-changing roster of classic films, spirited sing-alongs, and rotating film festivals. Absolutely one of our favorite destinations in SF!”
  • 220 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Famous row of homes next to Alamo Square Park represent the best of San Francisco Victorian architecture, with a wonderful view of Downtown San Francisco”
  • 138 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A former bathhouse that burned down, Sutro Baths is a must for sight-seeing. Travelers can still see remnants of the former bathhouse and it is extremely cool to walk on the skeleton of it. There are a couple easy trails near Sutro Baths that lead to killer views of the Golden Gate Bridge!”
  • 140 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Charming restored original ferry terminal, now housing unusual shops, food markets and restaurants ( famous Slanted Door is here and my fav, Hog Island Oyster.) Nice views of the Bay. Suggest you take the restored street car (MUNI) line from the Castro down Market Street to the Ferry Bldg, that will give you a better sense of SF along the ride. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Another of our favorites. It's only open Friday-Sunday, so plan accordingly. See how the soldiers lived while guarding the entrance to the Bay. Walk up to the top and stand directly under the Golden Gate Bridge.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Place to shop
“An amazing set of stores selling local crafts and foods. There are full restaurants as well as market style stands. Sit and eat somewhere or get food to go and have a picnic elsewhere in the city. On Saturday’s there is a world class farmers market. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Church
“Get off on 18th st stop. Walk two blocks on Dolores st to 16th st. One of the oldest structures in San Francisco.”
  • 47 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“Lovely new library with super city views. There are many computers to use and a printer. Or a great place to work for a few hours. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Library
“Local branch of the SF Public Library. Open to all. Great kids area downstairs and playground behind the library.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Library
“Feel free to use my library card on the kitchen counter and leave the books behind!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Library
“Our local library if you need a quiet place to research or use the internet etc.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Library
“The first Noe Valley Branch building was built using a grant provided by Andrew Carnegie and featured a two-story building with a Spanish-style facade of brick and terra cotta. It was completed in 1916. In 2008 the branch was renovated and recognized with the Governor's Historic Preservation Award. The renovated Noe Valley Branch has also been hailed for its green features- lighting, low-water plants, and the use of recycled plastic materials. During the 1970s, Noe Valley residents built a deck and a community garden adjacent to the library. A nice place to relax and enjoy a book or just take a look around.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Library
“Local library with grass to hang out on and kids activities as well as books!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Library
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
  • 5 locals recommend