Historic Sites in San Francisco

Historic Sites in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Historic Sites

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  • Vanessa T-G
    Baughurst, UK222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ferry is just 15 mins to get to the island from Pier 33
    Price includes audio equipment to guide you round the prison.
    Very informative & interesting. Walk round the gardens too, there is another story there.
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • Martin M
    Ireland155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic landmark of San Francisco and not to be missed, great photo opportunities from both sides of the bridge and I highly recommend it
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • Previa1994
    Chicago, IL6,368 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fort Point is an awesome location which combines history and scenic beauty.  This is one of the best spots for the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge.  One is almost directly under the bridge at water level.  In addition, the historic fort is worth visiting for understanding the history of the Bay.  One can walk through the fort and see the historical displays.  Twice a year there are historical enactments; which I think is the best occasion to visit the fort.  Fort Point is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.  Ample free parking is available.  Admission is free, but check the website for times when they are open.
    Written 9 February 2024
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  • TheTunaFiles
    Perth, Australia42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The ship is a WWII Liberty ship, cargo carrier for the merchant navy. We could walk through every level of the ship, even down to the steam engine. There are lots of retired blokes around that will talk to you and answer any questions you have. A great find just beside Pier 39. Excellent views from the deck. Well worth a visit.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • Brad
    Albuquerque, NM372 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool, but better in pictures.

    A quick pit stop on our e-bikes. It was worth the stop but just a quick, interesting thing to see.
    Written 10 September 2023
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  • Alexandra D
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The sutro bath ruins are historic, but also beautiful. One of my favorite memories of my time in San Francisco was exploring the stone remnants, sitting on what felt like the edge of the world, and watching the sunset. It's a very easy <5 minute walk down from an above parking lot, and if you care to explore further, you can check out the Lands End hiking trails.
    Written 18 December 2023
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  • patricia817
    La Jolla, CA25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the oldest building in SF with extraordinary history, hand-made interior, has survived multiple earthquakes, and should be at the top of any tourist’s checklist. I’m embarrassed that it’s my first visit. Extremely impressive history here folks!
    Written 18 February 2024
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    City Lights Bookstore is located on Columbus Street and close to Little Italy. It is a traditional old fashioned book store with real paper books!
    Written 5 October 2023
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  • valleygirl3092
    Walnut Creek, CA99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem! Only recently learned of this historic house & happy to have discovered it. Only open on weekends & three docent-led tours per day. Really enjoyed learning about SF history, SF fire & lifestyle in the era of this home & those of other early SF residents of upper/middle class
    Written 12 March 2023
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  • betsnow
    Tucson, AZ1,364 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just do it. If you are a fan of classic rock, or just nostalgic and wanting to immerse yourself in the areas history, why not just pop by and take a photo of yourself by the house? We were careful to be respectful given there are people who live there and own the house (and are probably inside rolling their eyes at us) but it was fun to see where the Grateful Dead once lived and made music and likely did lots of other naughty things!
    Written 7 September 2023
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'd read "Shanghai Girls" so wanted to visit the place so vividly depicted in the novel. Plus, I'd recently been to Ellis Island, where my family landed so long ago.

    The tour is sobering as it touches on the exclusion policies. Seeing depictions of barracks life and the foreign writing etched into the tired old wooden walls again made me realize how much people sacrificed for a better life.

    The setting on Angel Island is idyllic. Miles away from the chaos of the city, yet you can hear distant fog horns and train whistles.

    There is much to explore here, both historic and scenic. I'm very glad I spent the day here.
    Written 7 November 2019
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chinatown and Grant Avenue has a lot of streets and alleyways dunning off in every direction. Shops and authentic restaurants.
    Written 5 October 2023
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  • misopiso88
    Seattle, WA27,582 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are in the neighborhood, it is worth a stroll by to check out the San Francisco Armory. The building was constructed in the early 1900s and designed with a castle-like appearance in a Moorish Revival style. Just the brick work alone is worth the side trip!
    Written 28 November 2018
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,754 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So I note this building whenever I emerge from BART at the Powell Street station. I find it nice to ignore the honky tonk all around, the buskers and the beggars and just focus on this lovely architecture which has long been a landmark.
    Written 21 November 2020
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  • Escape-overseas
    Stevenage, UK1,757 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    For those that love the music legend no doubt the house in Haight Street would be something of a pilgrimage. To me it was an interesting property with an historical significance, adding to the eclectic mix of buildings and people that make up the area. Thoroughly enjoyed my visit along the street.
    Written 9 October 2018
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