Attractions

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 Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

California Academy of Sciences

Architect Renzo Piano's 2008 landmark LEED-certified green building houses 40,000 weird and wonderful animals in a four-story rainforest, split-level aquarium and planetarium all under a 'living roof' of California …
Top Choice Museum in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

de Young Museum

Follow sculptor Andy Goldsworthy's artificial fault line in the sidewalk into Herzog & de Meuron's sleek, copper-clad building that's oxidizing green to blend into the park. Don't be fooled by the de Young's cam…
Archives in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Internet Archive

Follow trails of deleted White House tweets, lost Grateful Dead tapes and defunct Nintendo gamer magazines to this 1923 Greek Revival landmark. In a former Christian Science church, the nonprofit Internet Archive ho…
Memorial in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

National AIDS Memorial Grove

This tranquil, 10-acre living memorial ringed by redwoods and graced with poetic paving-stone tributes was founded in 1991 to commemorate millions of lives lost to the AIDS epidemic, and to strengthen the national r…
Landmark in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Cliff House

Populist millionaire Adolph Sutro imagined the Cliff House as a working man's paradise in 1863, but Sutro's dream has been rebuilt three times. The latest reworking, a $19-million 2004 facelift, turned the Cliff Hou…
Museum in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Legion of Honor

A museum as eccentric and illuminating as San Francisco itself, the Legion showcases a wildly eclectic collection ranging from Monet water lilies to John Cage soundscapes, ancient Iraqi ivories to R Crumb comics. Up…
Park in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Fort Funston

Grassy dunes up to 200ft high at Fort Funston give an idea of what the Sunset District looked like until the 20th century. A defunct military installation, Fort Funston still has 146-ton WWII guns aimed seaward and …
Park in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Sutro Baths

It's hard to imagine from these ruins, but Victorian dandies and working stiffs once converged here for bracing baths in itchy woolen rental swimsuits. Millionaire Adolph Sutro built hot and cold indoor pools to acc…
Gardens in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Japanese Tea Garden

Since 1894, this picturesque 5-acre garden has blushed with cherry blossoms in spring, flamed red with maple leaves in fall, and induced visitors to lose track of time in its meditative Zen Garden. The bonsai grove …