Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Women's Building

The nation's first women-owned-and-operated community center has quietly done good work with 170 women's organizations since 1979, but the 1994 addition of the Maestrapeace mural showed the Women's Building for the …
Top Choice Architecture in Sausalito

Sausalito Houseboats

Bohemia still thrives along the shoreline of Richardson Bay, where free spirits inhabit hundreds of quirky homes that bobble in the waves among the seabirds and seals. Structures range from psychedelic mural-splashe…
Top Choice Architecture in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Lyon Street Steps

Two blocks of Lyon St, between Broadway and Green St, are flanked by forests and glamorous mansions – including Senator Dianne Feinstein's – and offer jaw-dropping bay and Marina views. Popular with stair runners an…
Notable Building in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Masonic Auditorium & Temple

Conspiracy theorists and rock aficionados fetishize the Masonic – a major concert venue and the Masons' main temple for all California and formerly Hawaii, too. Freemasonry venerates architecture, and this 1958 stru…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Transamerica Pyramid & Redwood Park

The defining feature of San Francisco's skyline is this 1972 pyramid, built atop a whaling ship abandoned in the gold rush. A half-acre redwood grove sprouted out front, on the site of Mark Twain's favorite saloon a…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company Building

Recently renovated and gilt to the hilt indoors, this 1925 building made architect Timothy Pflueger’s reputation with its black-marble deco lobby and soaring, streamlined shape. Winston Churchill made his first tran…
Architecture in North Beach & Chinatown

Filbert Street Steps

Halfway through the steep climb up the Filbert Street Steps to Coit Tower, you might wonder if it’s all worth the trouble. Take a breather and notice what you're passing: hidden cottages along Napier Lane's wooden b…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

450 Sutter St

A 26-story deco dental building fit for the gods, this 1929 Mayan-revival stone skyscraper has a lobby covered floor to ceiling with cast-bronze snakes representing healing, grimacing figures apparently in need of d…
Architecture in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Vallejo Street Steps

This glorious high staircase connects North Beach with Russian Hill – ideal for working off a pasta dinner. Ascend Vallejo toward Mason St; stairs rise toward Jones St, passing Ina Coolbrith Park. Sit at the top for…
House in San Jose

Winchester Mystery House

An odd structure purposefully commissioned to be so by the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, this ridiculous Victorian mansion is filled with 160 rooms of various sizes and little utility, with dead-end hallways…