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Botanical Garden

Golden Gate Park
1199 9th Avenue

The Botanical Garden is a unique oasis of extraordinary beauty located in the Golden Gate Park. The garden strives to build communities of support and cultivate the bond between people and plants. Open daily 10:00 AM–5:00 PM and is $7 for adults.

Telegraph Hill

In 1933, Lille Hitchcock Coit built this tower in honor of the firefighters of San Francisco. The top has spectacular views of the city. Open daily 10:00 AM–5:00 PM, with a $4.50 admission price.

Ferry Building

The Embarcadero
One Ferry Building

This historic building is currently used as a terminal for ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay and also has a shopping center located on the Embarcadero. On top of the building is a large clock tower, which can be seen from Market Street — a main thoroughfare of the city.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Presidio

This is the world-famous suspension bridge spanning the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean.

Golden Gate Park

One of the largest urban parks in the world, the Golden Gate Park stretches for three miles on the western edge of San Francisco. There’s not a single “Keep Off the Grass” sign and its 1,017 acres are a tonic for mind and body. Two major museums, splendid gardens, and facilities for more than twenty sports confirm that this is a playground in every sense of the word. Among the ever-evolving attractions located in the park include the Academy of Sciences, the Botanical Garden, de Young Museum, and the Japanese Tea Garden. The San Francisco Zoo is also located just south of the park.

Lombard Street

Russian Hill

This is known as “the crookedest street in the world”. The angle of the street is so steep that the road has to snake back and forth to make a descent possible.

Muir Woods

Marin County

This is a national park, which is located twelve miles north of San Francisco. It is home to 240 acres of old growth Coast Redwoods (Sequoias). The park is open daily 8:00 AM–5:00 PM.

The Presidio

Building 201
Fort Mason

This is a park on the northern tip of the peninsula of San Francisco, within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Although it started as a fortified location, in 1989 Congress voted to end its status as an active military installation. In 1984 it was transferred to the National Park Service and currently it is financially self-sufficient dependent on commercial and public use.

San Francisco Zoo

Golden Gate Park
Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway

The San Francisco Zoo is Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center. This urban oasis, nestled against the Pacific Ocean, provides a comfortable climate all year round. You’ll enjoy seeing the 245 different animal species in naturalistic surroundings and our many zoo activities and events! The zoo is open daily 10:00 AM–4:00 PM and adult admission is $15.


Marin County

This community is near the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge and is now a picturesque residential community that encompasses streets lined with cozy boutiques, art galleries, and world-class cuisine.

Wine Country: Napa Valley

California’s famous wine country is located roughly thirty miles north of San Francisco. There are over 450 wineries in the Napa Valley.

Wine Country: Sonoma County

California’s famous wine country is located roughly thirty miles north of San Francisco. There are over 300 wineries in Sonoma County.


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