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The 11 most amazing attractions in San Francisco

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This beautiful city is popular the world over due to its cable cars and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. But there is more to the city than meets the tourist's eye. San Francisco also boasts of a unique mix of seaside views and diverse dining options, thanks to an area known as Fisherman's Wharf. Those who love vintage clothing and vinyl records may head over to Haight Ashbury to get their fill of the oldies but goodies. Hundreds of centuries-old buildings in the Presidio are also available for the history buffs.

In San Francisco you will find some beautiful attractions that you just cannot miss! Places like Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and many more. Continue reading to know more.

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1. Golden Gate Bridge

Admire the magnificent sky and vista points from one of the world's most beautiful bridges. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (AndreyKrav Getty Image) Admire the magnificent sky and vista points from one of the world's most beautiful bridges.

The Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate, a one-mile-wide (1.6-kilometer) strait between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bridge spans the strait between San Francisco, California, and Marin County, transporting both US Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. In 1917, engineer Joseph Strauss created the design. The American Society of Civil Engineers has designated it as one of the Modern World's Wonders.

2. Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinatown is located around Grant Avenue and Stockton Street. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Rocky89 Getty Image) San Francisco's Chinatown is located around Grant Avenue and Stockton Street.

San Francisco's Chinatown, concentrated on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street, is the world's oldest and biggest Chinese community. It is home to the first and biggest Chinatown in North America. As defined by the Oxford Dictionaries, Chinatown is any non-Asian town's district, particularly a city or seaport, where the majority of the people is of Chinese descent.

3. Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate is the third most visited city park in the United States as it offers a lot of exciting activities. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Steve Proehl Getty Image) Golden Gate is the third most visited city park in the United States as it offers a lot of exciting activities.

Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, is a large urban park with 1,017 acres of public space. It is the third most visited visited city park in the US since it houses a lot of attractions that visitors may be interested in. This includes visiting the De Young Museum where thousands of artifacts and international talents are displayed or strolling around the peaceful Japanese Tea Garden where it is filled with sights of nature, lanterns and statues. There are numerous attractions the Golden Gate offers so be sure to include this park in your must-see destinations.

4. Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is a San Francisco neighborhood and renowned tourist destination. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Bjorn Bakstad Getty Image) Fisherman's Wharf is a San Francisco neighborhood and renowned tourist destination.

Fisherman's Wharf, located on the city's northern shore, is one of the busiest tourist destinations. At every turn, souvenir stores and booths offering crab and clam soup in sourdough bread bowls, as well as postcard vistas of the bay, Golden Gate, and Alcatraz, appear. There's also a sea lion colony to view and antique ships to tour. The renowned old chocolate factory now houses stores and cafes in Ghirardelli Square.

5. Alcatraz Island

Dare to visit what the most vicious felons once called home, the Alcatraz Island. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Gonzalo Azumendi Getty Image) Dare to visit what the most vicious felons once called home, the Alcatraz Island.

The Alcatraz Island, located less than two miles of the coast of San Francisco, is notoriously known to be a federal facility where the most vicious felons were once locked up. Aside from this, the island also houses the first lighthouse in the Pacific Coast where it sits on top of the rocky island since 1854. Tourists would surely love visiting the one of a kind island to see the prison, the oldest lighthouse and the ruins of a military fort.

6. San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

Admire the collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, home to the greatest works of modern and contemporary arts. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (CanY71 Getty Image) Admire the collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, home to the greatest works of modern and contemporary arts.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a non-profit organization and a modern art museum located at the heart of San Francisco, California. As it strives to engage and inspire a wide range of audiences through its innovative program of exhibits, education, publication and collections, the museum is the dynamic center for modern and contemporary arts. It's home to numerous works of avant-garde paintings, sculptures, film and multimedia art that are world renowned which made SFMOMA's collection internationally recognized.The museum also prides itself as the first museum on the West Coast that is solely devoted to 20th century art.

7. Catch A Free Show At Amoeba Music

The World's Largest Independent Record Store We Buy and Sell Used Records, DVDs, and CDs . © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Tripsavvy Image) The World's Largest Independent Record Store We Buy and Sell Used Records, DVDs, and CDs .

Amoeba Music is an American independent music store chain with locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1990 in Berkeley, California and remains in operation, having survived the decline of CD sales in the 2000s. Amoeba Music was founded by former employees of nearby Rasputin Records, and opened on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley in 1990. Cofounders include but are not limited to Marc Weinstein, Dave Prinz, Yvonne Prinz, and Kent Randolph.

8. Lombard Street

Lombard Street is famous for its eight abrupt curves on its one-way block on Russian Hill. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Photoquest7 Getty Image) Lombard Street is famous for its eight abrupt curves on its one-way block on Russian Hill.

Located in San Francisco, California, the one-way block between Hyde and Leavenworth street made this street the most crooked roadway of the world. The picturesque switchbacks were recommended by a local property owner in the 1920s as a way to provide visual appeal while also boosting pedestrian safety.

9. Dare To Tour The Alcatraz At Night!

Reminisce the events at Alcatraz and explore the cells that once housed the most vicious felons in the United States. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Pinimg Image) Reminisce the events at Alcatraz and explore the cells that once housed the most vicious felons in the United States.

The Alcatraz Night Tour is an experience that would surely make one's blood run cold as it is an engaging experience where visitors tour the actual cellhouses that most dangerous felons in the States once called home. Before entering the actual prison, visitors are first ferried around the island as night falls and are able to see firsthand hidden spots that were once used for attempted escapes and also various prison structures that are not reachable by foot. Once docked, they are led by a guide to the cell houses, the main attraction of the tour where visitors are able to learn more about the history of the island prison.

10. Hike To The Top Of Angel Island

This is a tough journey that begins at sea level and climbs to the summit. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Sundry Photography Getty Image) This is a tough journey that begins at sea level and climbs to the summit.

Angel Island is a California State Park and the largest island in the San Francisco Bay. We walked down to Pier 41 and boarded the Blue and Gold Ferry for a 15-minute ride to the island. The route is a 5.9-mile loop with a brief spur to a height of 788 feet. Mt. Livermore is the island's highest point.

11. The Palace Of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts, located in San Francisco's Marina District, is a magnificent edifice worth seeing. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Santirf Getty Image) The Palace of Fine Arts, located in San Francisco's Marina District, is a magnificent edifice worth seeing.

The Palace of Fine Arts was built to house art exhibits during the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. It is one of only a few remaining structures from the Exposition, having been completely reconstructed between 1964 and 1974. The complex's most visible structure, a 162 foot open rotunda, is bordered on one side by a lagoon and on the other by a huge, curving exposition hall.

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