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San Francisco

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San Francisco

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Welcome to San Francisco, CA

San Francisco makes it wonderfully easy to tap into the Good Life. Between the hot arts scene, the tempting boutiques, the awesome bay views, and all those stellar, locally focused restaurants and wine bars, it's the perfect place to indulge. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Samantha's Pick Golden Gate Park Has WHAT?!?

A herd of roaming bison. Brought to San Francisco in 1891 to save this American icon from extinction, it’s a view of our Wild West roots.

Golden Gate Park Has WHAT?!?

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Samantha's Pick The Ferry Building

Start at one end of this amazing foodie paradise and walk to the other eating at every cheese shop, bakery and gourmet food counter along the way.

The Ferry Building

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Samantha's Pick I Hear It's Hilly

I like to stay close to the harbor — that way after a long day of walking up steep inclines, the way back to my hotel is all downhill.

I Hear It's Hilly

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Explore the de Young Museum

San Francisco’s oldest museum has a new home—a striking copper-clad home that has more than brought it up with the times. Check out the renowned collection.

Explore the de Young Museum

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Catch the Big Leagues at AT&T Park

Feast on hot dogs and beer as you watch the World Series-winning Giants take on the visitors at AT&T Park. With any luck, you’ll see some homeruns, too!

Catch the Big Leagues at AT&T Park

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Let Fisherman’s Wharf Reel You In

Follow the barks of the sea lions to Fisherman’s Wharf—a historic bayside neighborhood known for its tourist sights and freshly caught Dungeness crabs.

Let Fisherman’s Wharf Reel You In

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California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences in the heart of Golden Gate Park houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a four-story tropical rainforest.

California Academy of Sciences

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Escape to Alcatraz

No one was ever known to escape “The Rock” in its 29 years as a federal prison, but now a ferry ride makes a day trip — or a spooky night tour — easy.

Escape to Alcatraz

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San Francisco Travel Guide

San Francisco vacation travel guide and tour information including highlights such as Exploratorium, Kabuki Springs & Spa and Legion of Honor.

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