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Alcatraz

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

'Alcatraz' is Spanish for pelican, but to its inmates it was simply known as 'the Rock'. The West Coast's first lighthouse was built here in 1854, but it...

Alcatraz Island
Major venue

Beach Chalet & Park Chalet

Critics' choice
Attractions, Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

A perfect spot for sunset cocktails, the Beach Chalet, a historic Willis Polk-designed building on the coast, is home to a fine restaurant and brewpub. The...

1000 Great Highway

Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption

Attractions

Dominating the skyline, the exterior of this 1970 cathedral is stark, a flowing, sculptural structure (some say it resembles the blades of a washing...

1111 Gough Street
Free

City Hall

Attractions

Built in 1915 to designs by Arthur Brown and John Bakewell, City Hall is the epitome of the Beaux Arts style visible across the whole Civic Center. The...

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place (Polk Street)
FreeMajor venue

Cliff House

Attractions, Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

After a fire in 1894, a magnificent, eight-storey Victorian turreted palace replaced the original 1860s house on this site. However, only a year after...

1090 Point Lobos Avenue

Fort Point

Attractions

The spectacular brick-built Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 to protect the city from a sea attack. The assault never came; the 126 cannons...

Marine Drive
FreeMajor venue

Grace Cathedral

Attractions

Begun in 1928, this Episcopalian cathedral was once a private mansion. It was later taken over by the church and is, by the standards of most cathedrals in...

1100 California Street
Major venue

Haas-Lilienthal House

Attractions, Museums, Tours

Built in 1886 by Bavarian immigrant William Haas, this 28-room house has elaborate wooden gables and a circular tower, clearly marking it as being in the...

2007 Franklin Street

Mission Dolores

Critics' choice
Attractions

Founded by a tiny band of Spanish missionaries and soldiers in 1776, and completed 15 years later, Mission Dolores is the oldest structure in the city and...

3321 16th Street
Major venue

Octagon House

Art, Attractions, Museums

The 1861 Octagon House is home to the small Museum of Colonial and Federal Decorative Arts, but is most notable as one of two surviving examples of...

2645 Gough Street
Free

Old St Mary's Cathedral

Attractions

Much early missionary work, and the city's first English lessons for Chinese immigrants, took place under this 19th-century building's foreboding clock...

660 California Street
Free

Palace of Fine Arts

Attractions

Local architect Bernard Maybeck's pièce de résistance, the Palace is a neo-classical domed rotunda supported by a curved colonnade topped with friezes and...

Lyon Street
Major venue

San Francisco Art Institute

Attractions

This hip and prestigious art school offers the full spectrum of fine arts, including painting, film, photography, sculpture and new media. Its student shows...

800 Chestnut Street
Free