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Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco. Often referred to as ‘The Rock’, the Alcatraz Island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz Island is home to the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States and early military fortifications.

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Ferry Building

Ferry Building

The place to browse the gourmet shops and restaurants inside, or catch a boat to the towns of Sausalito and Tiburon across the bay. Source: http://www.bbc.com

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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait and is located at the Presidio Park. This magnificent bridge, perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rock and treacherous tides. The best spots to keep your eye for the Golden Gate Bridge are the Hyde Street Pier, PIER 39 and the North and South Vista Point. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge you can go to Sausalito and the Muir Woods National Monument.

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Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

One of the largest urban parks in the world, Golden Gate Park stretches for three miles on the western edge of San Francisco. At the Golden Gate Park you will discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities. Among the ever-evolving attracted located in the park are the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers and the Koret Children’s Quarter.

How to get to: Golden Gate Park

Little Italy

Little Italy

The small area of Little Italy is located in the North Beach district, in the Northeastern area of the city of San Francisco. In order to get to know this area, the best place to start is the junction of Broadway and Columbus Avenue, near Chinatown. While walking around Little Italy you will find dozens of Italian establishments, restaurants, cafés and ice cream shops. The buildings are characterized by their wonderful charm and colour, and in some cases are decorated with impressive paintings.

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Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Often called the “crookedest” street in the world, this scenic road on Russian Hill features tight turns, fragrant gardens and beautiful views of the bay, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower. Spurce: http://www.sanfrancisco.travel

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Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies

The famous Painted Ladies of San Francisco are a row of colourful Victorian houses located at 710-720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square Park in the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood. These Victorian-style houses are one of the thousands built in San Francisco between 1892 and 1896. Painted Ladies is a term in American architecture used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colours that embellish or enhance their architectural details. Stopping at Haight-Ashbury you must admire the Painted Ladies.

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Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts

On land originally belonging to the Presidio, the Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Today the site, which belongs to the City of San Francisco, features a classical Roman rotunda with curved colonnades in an idyllic park setting. Source: http://www.nps.gov

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PIER 39

Pier 39

PIER 39 is a festive shopping destination featuring 110 specialty shops, theatrical performances, rides, cruises and 13 full-service restaurants serving seafood, California cuisine, and casual fare with amazing San Francisco Bay views. PIER 39's location provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Fisherman's Wharf and the city skyline. Here you will find the Aquarium of the Bay and hundreds of sea lions on the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

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Union Square

Union Square

Union Square and surrounding area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and beauty salons in the United States, making Union Square a major tourist destination. Union Square has also come to describe not just the plaza itself, but the general shopping, dining, and theater districts within the surrounding blocks. Here you will find the Geary Theater, the Golden Gate Theatre and the Cristopher-Clark Fine Art Gallery.

How to get to: Union Square