Your San Fran­cisco

For first timers, mu­sic lovers and bud­get trav­el­ers.

Where San Francisco - - Contents -

Unique rec­om­men­da­tions cu­rated by Where and fit to match per­sonal travel styles.


It’s worth the climb up the Fil­bert Street Steps to Tele­graph Hill. At the top, ad­mire panoramic views of the bay and the Euro­pean-style tum­ble of build­ings on the sur­round­ing hills. En­ter Coit Tower to ad­mire the De­pres­sion- era mu­rals on the first floor. Buy tick­ets early to visit Alcatraz, the beau­ti­fully iso­lated site of a for­mer max­i­mum­se­cu­rity fed­eral prison that is now one of the city's most pop­u­lar vis­i­tor at­trac­tions. Only ac­ces­si­ble by ferry, the is­land of­fers strik­ing city views, and the 45-minute cell­house au­dio tour is com­pelling. Don’t leave with­out tak­ing a ride up and down the city's re­mark­able hills on a ca­ble car, San Fran­cisco's most fas­ci­nat­ing form of trans­porta­tion.

Mu­sic Lover

Lo­cated in Hayes Val­ley, the stun­ning SF

Jazz Cen­ter is the first venue in the coun­try built specif­i­cally for jazz, and it’s the premier des­ti­na­tion for the genre in the city. The

Greek Theatre in Berke­ley is the Bay Area's best out­door venue— it was mod­eled af­ter the ancient Greek the­ater of Ep­i­dau­rus and has fan­tas­tic views of the Bay Bridge and San Fran­cisco sky­line. The world- renowned

San Fran­cisco Sym­phony led by the beloved Michael Til­son Thomas per­forms at Hayes Val­ley’s Davies Sym­phony Hall, which has served as a cultural land­mark since 1911. Some of the most fa­mous con­duc­tors and com­posers in clas­si­cal mu­sic have per­formed here.

On a Bud­get

The Sea Lion Cen­ter is a free ed­u­ca­tional des­ti­na­tion right above the marine mam­mals’ fa­mous Pier 39 hang­out of­fer­ing tours and an ex­hibit space. Also free, the Pre­sidio

Of­fi­cers’ Club is a cultural cen­ter in a for­mer mil­i­tary post turned na­tional park that opened in 2014 in­side the old­est build­ing in the city. It’s home to a mul­ti­me­dia West Coast his­tory gallery and hosts craft ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, spe­cial ex­hibits and mu­sic per­for­mances. The Civil War- era brick Fort Point has a mag­nif­i­cent set­ting at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge and doesn’t re­quire an ad­mis­sion fee. It guarded the bridge en­trance for al­most half a cen­tury un­til its orig­i­nal can­nons were re­moved. Vis­i­tors can ex­plore its brick case­mates, grand arches and spi­ral stairs.

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