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    Alcatraz Island , San Francisco
    Tour the infamous former maximum-security penitentiary on Alcatraz Island. Nicknamed The Rock, this small island in the San Francisco Bay is
    Tours from $105
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    Fisherman's Wharf , San Francisco
    Encompassing the northern waterfront of San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf ranks as one of the city's top tourist attractions, packed with souv
    Tours from $20
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    Twin Peaks , San Francisco
    Admire a spectacular view of San Francisco from Twin Peaks. Located 20 minutes from the city center, the park features two of the highest poi
    Tours from $49
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    Exploratorium , San Francisco
    At Exploratorium, observe a fruit fly under a microscope, create smoke signals, improve your memory, or learn about the world through experim
  • Explore one of the world’s largest museums of natural history at California Academy of Sciences. Located in Golden Gate Park, the center offe
    Tickets from $36
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    Where to stay in San Francisco

    From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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