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Top Choice Forest in Yosemite National Park

Mariposa Grove

With their massive stature and multi-millennium maturity, the chunky high-rise sequoias of Mariposa Grove will make you feel rather insignificant. The largest grove of giant sequoias in the park, Mariposa is home to…
Top Choice Park in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Golden Gate Park

When San Franciscans refer to 'the park,' there's only one that gets the definite article: Golden Gate Park. Everything San Franciscans hold dear is here: free spirits, free music, redwoods, Frisbee, protests, fine …
Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The expanded SFMOMA is a mind-boggling feat, tripled in size to accommodate a sprawling collection of modern masterworks and 19 concurrent exhibitions over 10 floors – but, then again, SFMOMA has defied limits ever …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point

If you drove, the views from 7214ft Glacier Point might make you feel like you cheated – superstar sights present themselves to you without your having made hardly any physical effort. A quick mosey up from the park…
Top Choice Cultural Center in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

826 Valencia

Avast, ye scurvy scalawags! If ye be shipwrecked without yer eye patch or McSweeney's literary anthology, lay down ye doubloons and claim yer booty at this here nonprofit Pirate Store. Below decks, kids be writing t…
Top Choice Cultural Center in North Beach & Chinatown

City Lights Books

Free speech and free spirits have flourished here since 1957, when City Lights founder and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and manager Shigeyoshi Murao won a landmark ruling defending their right to publish Allen Ginsber…
Top Choice Park in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Dolores Park

Semiprofessional tanning and taco picnics: welcome to San Francisco's sunny side. Dolores Park has something for everyone, from street ball and tennis to the Mayan-pyramid playground (sorry, kids: no blood sacrifice…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Contemporary Jewish Museum

That upended blue-steel box miraculously balancing on one corner isn't sculpture but the Yerba Buena Lane entry to the Contemporary Jewish Museum – an institution that upends conventional ideas about art and religio…
Top Choice Street in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Haight Street

Was it the fall of 1966 or the winter of ’67? As the Haight saying goes, if you can remember the Summer of Love, dude, you probably weren’t there. The fog was laced with pot, sandalwood incense and burning draft car…
Top Choice Bridge in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Golden Gate Bridge

San Franciscans have passionate perspectives on every subject, especially their signature landmark, though everyone agrees that it's a good thing that the Navy didn't get its way over the bridge's design – naval off…