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Darci’s guidebook

Darci

Darci’s guidebook

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A noteworthy restaurant in the Castro district. Intimate environment and exceptional food. Most likely need advance reservations however if you arrive when they open (5:30pm) one oftentimes gets a table! May need an advance reservation.
Small, intimate neighborhood restaurant. Known for it's excellent food. Sometimes hard to get in. Go early for a better change to get in!
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Frances
3870 17th Street
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Small, intimate neighborhood restaurant. Known for it's excellent food. Sometimes hard to get in. Go early for a better change to get in!
Small neighborhood restaurant offering wonderful seafood. Go early to avoid waiting. But if you have to, there are plenty of boutiques nearby to check out!
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Anchor Oyster Bar
579 Castro Street
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Small neighborhood restaurant offering wonderful seafood. Go early to avoid waiting. But if you have to, there are plenty of boutiques nearby to check out!
One our best neighborhood restaurants. They offer an intimate atmosphere with exceptional traditional French food. You feel like you've been plucked into a small bistro in France with wait staff that all speak French. May need an advance reservation.
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L'Ardoise
151 Noe St
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One our best neighborhood restaurants. They offer an intimate atmosphere with exceptional traditional French food. You feel like you've been plucked into a small bistro in France with wait staff that all speak French. May need an advance reservation.
Lovely, small mediterranean restaurant with exceptional food. Typically no reservations are required.
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La Mediterranee
288 Noe Street
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Lovely, small mediterranean restaurant with exceptional food. Typically no reservations are required.
One block down Romain and one block to the right to Douglas takes you to a lovely neighborhood cafe. Wonderful coffee and morning eats.
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Neighbor's Corner
499 Douglass Street
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One block down Romain and one block to the right to Douglas takes you to a lovely neighborhood cafe. Wonderful coffee and morning eats.
Small, bustling French restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lively atmosphere and great patio in the back. No reservations are accepted so you may wait in line depending on time of day. Worth it though!
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Zazie
941 Cole Street
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Small, bustling French restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lively atmosphere and great patio in the back. No reservations are accepted so you may wait in line depending on time of day. Worth it though!
Amazing Mexican restaurant with lively environment. Great food and drinks in a fun, vibrant part of San Francisco. Close to Haight Street and east entrance to Golden Gate park. No reservations are needed.
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Padrecito
901 Cole St
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Amazing Mexican restaurant with lively environment. Great food and drinks in a fun, vibrant part of San Francisco. Close to Haight Street and east entrance to Golden Gate park. No reservations are needed.
An amazing Carb-loaded experience! So many delicious pastries, pies, sweet and savory choices that you end up picking up 2-4 or more items because it all looks so good! Fun place to get box full of multiple items and sit down with a coffee and enjoy.
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Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street
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An amazing Carb-loaded experience! So many delicious pastries, pies, sweet and savory choices that you end up picking up 2-4 or more items because it all looks so good! Fun place to get box full of multiple items and sit down with a coffee and enjoy.
Good vibes in this restaurant with exceptional California cuisine. Neighborhood favorite that has stood the test of time. Easy to walk in. Nice walk from the house.
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Firefly
4288 24th Street
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Good vibes in this restaurant with exceptional California cuisine. Neighborhood favorite that has stood the test of time. Easy to walk in. Nice walk from the house.
Peruvian food, mostly fish in a lively environment. Great bar and fairly big restaurant, yet has an intimate feel.
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Fresca
3945 24th Street
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Peruvian food, mostly fish in a lively environment. Great bar and fairly big restaurant, yet has an intimate feel.
Notable restaurant that has exceptional food and offers a lively atmosphere. Advance reservations are required.
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Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St
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Notable restaurant that has exceptional food and offers a lively atmosphere. Advance reservations are required.
Lovely, small sushi restaurant. High end sushi experience that is worth it and amazing! No reservations are taken. Go for lunch as it's not as crowded or early dinner.
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Saru Sushi Bar
3856 24th Street
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Lovely, small sushi restaurant. High end sushi experience that is worth it and amazing! No reservations are taken. Go for lunch as it's not as crowded or early dinner.
Burmese restaurant that is lively, intimate and amazing food! Love this small gem on Clement Street, which is another neighborhood that has lots of Asian influence.
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B Star
127 Clement Street
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Burmese restaurant that is lively, intimate and amazing food! Love this small gem on Clement Street, which is another neighborhood that has lots of Asian influence.
Fabulous Italian restaurant in the outer Noe Valley area. Sicilian influence. Small, charming. May take reservations but typically easy to get in.
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La Ciccia
291 30th Street
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Fabulous Italian restaurant in the outer Noe Valley area. Sicilian influence. Small, charming. May take reservations but typically easy to get in.
Neighborhoods
We are located in the upper Noe Valley neighborhood that has a reputation for the village within a city. This neighborhood is one of the most desirable ones to live. This is a diverse neighborhood of people and culture. The main street of Noe Valley is 24th Street between Castro and Church Streets. Here you will have cafes, restaurants, boutiques, grocery stores, banks, post office, bakeries, wine shops, manicure spas, massage, professional health services, book stores, florists, play area for children, coffee shops, and I'm sure I'm forgetting more! All these services in 3 blocks! You will also see traditional Victorian Architecture as well as modern blended in. A safe neighborhood to explore from here. It's approximately a 20 minute walk.
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Noe Valley
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We are located in the upper Noe Valley neighborhood that has a reputation for the village within a city. This neighborhood is one of the most desirable ones to live. This is a diverse neighborhood of people and culture. The main street of Noe Valley is 24th Street between Castro and Church Streets. Here you will have cafes, restaurants, boutiques, grocery stores, banks, post office, bakeries, wine shops, manicure spas, massage, professional health services, book stores, florists, play area for children, coffee shops, and I'm sure I'm forgetting more! All these services in 3 blocks! You will also see traditional Victorian Architecture as well as modern blended in. A safe neighborhood to explore from here. It's approximately a 20 minute walk.
The Castro District, in Eureka Valley, is synonymous with gay culture. Revelers often spill onto the sidewalks at numerous bars, like Twin Peaks Tavern, whose floor-to-ceiling windows were revolutionary when it opened in 1972. The lavish Castro Theatre and the GLBT Historic Museum are also found here, as are homey restaurants and adult shops. On Market Street, 19th-century F-line streetcars head to Fisherman’s Wharf. There are also numerous cafes, restaurants, boutiques, florists, bank services and nightlife. Castro Muni on the corner of Market and Castro is located here.
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The Castro
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The Castro District, in Eureka Valley, is synonymous with gay culture. Revelers often spill onto the sidewalks at numerous bars, like Twin Peaks Tavern, whose floor-to-ceiling windows were revolutionary when it opened in 1972. The lavish Castro Theatre and the GLBT Historic Museum are also found here, as are homey restaurants and adult shops. On Market Street, 19th-century F-line streetcars head to Fisherman’s Wharf. There are also numerous cafes, restaurants, boutiques, florists, bank services and nightlife. Castro Muni on the corner of Market and Castro is located here.
Cole Valley is a small, family-friendly community in the geographical center of the city. Tree-shaded streets are lined with well-kept Victorian homes, and a variety of mom-and-pop shops and relaxed restaurants, including a 1930s-inspired soda fountain. The neighborhood offers hiking at the compact Tank Hill Park, with its panoramic views, or through the dense eucalyptus forest of the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. Cole Valley Hardware has been a staple in this neighborhood and fun to browse.
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Cole Valley
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Cole Valley is a small, family-friendly community in the geographical center of the city. Tree-shaded streets are lined with well-kept Victorian homes, and a variety of mom-and-pop shops and relaxed restaurants, including a 1930s-inspired soda fountain. The neighborhood offers hiking at the compact Tank Hill Park, with its panoramic views, or through the dense eucalyptus forest of the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. Cole Valley Hardware has been a staple in this neighborhood and fun to browse.
Named for the 1776-built Mission Dolores, the Mission District is an exuberant, evolving neighborhood with Latino roots and a hipster vibe. Old-school taquerias and eclectic live-music clubs mix with chef-driven eateries and craft cocktail lounges. There are also tattoo parlors, gourmet ice cream shops and Dolores Park, a popular weekend hangout with skyline views. Vibrant murals line streets such as Clarion Alley.
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Mission District
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Named for the 1776-built Mission Dolores, the Mission District is an exuberant, evolving neighborhood with Latino roots and a hipster vibe. Old-school taquerias and eclectic live-music clubs mix with chef-driven eateries and craft cocktail lounges. There are also tattoo parlors, gourmet ice cream shops and Dolores Park, a popular weekend hangout with skyline views. Vibrant murals line streets such as Clarion Alley.
Lower Pacific Heights is an eclectic, pedestrian-friendly part of the Western Addition near ritzy Pacific Heights. Fillmore Street buzzes with designer boutiques, trendy restaurants and cafes. Residents enjoy proximity to long-standing music venues and Japantown’s sushi bars. The Bush Street - Cottage Row Historic District, a charming stretch of Victorian homes from the 1870s, offers a glimpse into the city’s past.
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Fillmore District
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Lower Pacific Heights is an eclectic, pedestrian-friendly part of the Western Addition near ritzy Pacific Heights. Fillmore Street buzzes with designer boutiques, trendy restaurants and cafes. Residents enjoy proximity to long-standing music venues and Japantown’s sushi bars. The Bush Street - Cottage Row Historic District, a charming stretch of Victorian homes from the 1870s, offers a glimpse into the city’s past.
North Beach, a buzzy neighborhood steeped in Italian heritage, draws locals and tourists to its checked-tablecloth trattorias, coffee shops and retro-flavored bars. The spirit of the Beat Generation can be felt at the storied City Lights bookstore and the memorabilia-filled Vesuvio Cafe bar. In Telegraph Hill the Filbert Steps offer a scenic hike to the iconic Coit Tower, with WPA-era murals and panoramic views.
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North Beach
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North Beach, a buzzy neighborhood steeped in Italian heritage, draws locals and tourists to its checked-tablecloth trattorias, coffee shops and retro-flavored bars. The spirit of the Beat Generation can be felt at the storied City Lights bookstore and the memorabilia-filled Vesuvio Cafe bar. In Telegraph Hill the Filbert Steps offer a scenic hike to the iconic Coit Tower, with WPA-era murals and panoramic views.
This is one of the oldest and most established Chinatowns in the U.S. Beyond iconic Dragon’s Gate, a bustling maze of streets and alleys brims with dim sum joints and other traditional eateries. Also found are herbalists, bakeries, souvenir shops, and dark cocktail lounges and karaoke bars. There are ornate temples, including the landmark Tien How, as well as the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum.
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Chinatown
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This is one of the oldest and most established Chinatowns in the U.S. Beyond iconic Dragon’s Gate, a bustling maze of streets and alleys brims with dim sum joints and other traditional eateries. Also found are herbalists, bakeries, souvenir shops, and dark cocktail lounges and karaoke bars. There are ornate temples, including the landmark Tien How, as well as the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum.
Pacific Heights is a posh residential enclave known for its architecturally significant homes, including the opulent Spreckels Mansion and the 1886 Haas-Lilienthal house, a Queen Anne Victorian that’s open to the public. A pair of grassy hilltop parks, Lafayette and Alta Plaza, and the Lyon Street Stairs provide sweeping views of the bay. Fillmore Street is a lively hub with high-end fashion boutiques and cafes.
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Pacific Heights
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Pacific Heights is a posh residential enclave known for its architecturally significant homes, including the opulent Spreckels Mansion and the 1886 Haas-Lilienthal house, a Queen Anne Victorian that’s open to the public. A pair of grassy hilltop parks, Lafayette and Alta Plaza, and the Lyon Street Stairs provide sweeping views of the bay. Fillmore Street is a lively hub with high-end fashion boutiques and cafes.
Fisherman’s Wharf, on the northern waterfront, is one of the city's busiest tourist areas. Souvenir shops and stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls appear at every turn, as do postcard views of the bay, Golden Gate and Alcatraz. There’s also a colony of sea lions to see and historic ships to tour. At Ghirardelli Square, boutiques and eateries reside in the famed former chocolate factory.
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Fisherman's Wharf
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Fisherman’s Wharf, on the northern waterfront, is one of the city's busiest tourist areas. Souvenir shops and stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls appear at every turn, as do postcard views of the bay, Golden Gate and Alcatraz. There’s also a colony of sea lions to see and historic ships to tour. At Ghirardelli Square, boutiques and eateries reside in the famed former chocolate factory.
The Financial District is the city’s business center. Among the skyscrapers that dominate the skyline is the striking, spire-topped Transamerica Pyramid building. There is a wealth of happy-hour hot spots and elegant date-night destinations, including the classic Tadich Grill, the city’s oldest restaurant. The Jackson Square Historic District features remnants of the Barbary Coast, a 19th-century red-light district.
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Financial District
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The Financial District is the city’s business center. Among the skyscrapers that dominate the skyline is the striking, spire-topped Transamerica Pyramid building. There is a wealth of happy-hour hot spots and elegant date-night destinations, including the classic Tadich Grill, the city’s oldest restaurant. The Jackson Square Historic District features remnants of the Barbary Coast, a 19th-century red-light district.
Birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement, Haight-Ashbury draws a lively, diverse crowd looking to soak up the historic hippie vibe. Upper Haight Street is a hodgepodge of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops, bookstores, dive bars and casual, eclectic restaurants. Bordering Golden Gate Park, the neighborhood features many colorful, well-preserved Victorian homes, including the storied Grateful Dead House
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Haight-Ashbury
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Birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement, Haight-Ashbury draws a lively, diverse crowd looking to soak up the historic hippie vibe. Upper Haight Street is a hodgepodge of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops, bookstores, dive bars and casual, eclectic restaurants. Bordering Golden Gate Park, the neighborhood features many colorful, well-preserved Victorian homes, including the storied Grateful Dead House
Sightseeing
Ocean Beach is a beach on the west coast of San Francisco, California, United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, and the Sunset District. A wonderful place to surf, picnic, walk. You will experience the serenity of the ocean against the bustling city.
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Ocean Beach
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Ocean Beach is a beach on the west coast of San Francisco, California, United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, and the Sunset District. A wonderful place to surf, picnic, walk. You will experience the serenity of the ocean against the bustling city.
Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco, California, U.S.. The beach lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the northwest of the city. The best beach to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Baker Beach
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Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco, California, U.S.. The beach lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the northwest of the city. The best beach to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
Sandy beach & kitesurfing hotspot with a Golden Gate bridge backdrop, picnic tables & a promenade. Great place to take a long walk and see the amazing Golden Gate Bridge in the back drop!
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Crissy Field
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Sandy beach & kitesurfing hotspot with a Golden Gate bridge backdrop, picnic tables & a promenade. Great place to take a long walk and see the amazing Golden Gate Bridge in the back drop!
Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, United States, is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds. It is administered by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, which began in 1871 to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park. Also home to the De Young Museum and California Academy of Science Museum.
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Golden Gate Park
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Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, United States, is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds. It is administered by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, which began in 1871 to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park. Also home to the De Young Museum and California Academy of Science Museum.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
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Golden Gate-bron
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The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California, across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco. It’s known for its Richardson Bay houseboat enclaves, built by artist squatters after WWII. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bay Model Visitor Center has a functioning 3D hydraulic model of the Bay Area, plus exhibits about the area's waterways. The Marin Headlands offers Golden Gate Bridge views. Fun to take a ferry boat from San Francisco to Sausalito: For ferries to Sausalito, you can catch Golden Gate Ferry from the Ferry Building (walking distance to Embarcadero BART Station) or Blue & Gold Fleet from Pier 41 (near Fisherman's Wharf). Golden Gate Ferry will be the easiest for you.
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Sausalito
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Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California, across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco. It’s known for its Richardson Bay houseboat enclaves, built by artist squatters after WWII. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bay Model Visitor Center has a functioning 3D hydraulic model of the Bay Area, plus exhibits about the area's waterways. The Marin Headlands offers Golden Gate Bridge views. Fun to take a ferry boat from San Francisco to Sausalito: For ferries to Sausalito, you can catch Golden Gate Ferry from the Ferry Building (walking distance to Embarcadero BART Station) or Blue & Gold Fleet from Pier 41 (near Fisherman's Wharf). Golden Gate Ferry will be the easiest for you.
* You need a car to get here, but worth it! Half Moon Bay is a small city on the California coast, south of San Francisco. A string of beaches along the bay includes Half Moon Bay State Beach. The Coastside Trail leads north to Pillar Point, near the huge waves of the Mavericks surf spot. Nearby, Montara Mountain rises in the protected Rancho Corral de Tierra area. The Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is on the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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Half Moon Bay
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* You need a car to get here, but worth it! Half Moon Bay is a small city on the California coast, south of San Francisco. A string of beaches along the bay includes Half Moon Bay State Beach. The Coastside Trail leads north to Pillar Point, near the huge waves of the Mavericks surf spot. Nearby, Montara Mountain rises in the protected Rancho Corral de Tierra area. The Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is on the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Angel Island is an island in San Francisco Bay. Originally the home of a military installation, the island now offers picturesque views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The entire island is included within Angel Island State Park, administered by California State Parks. Great place for hiking and historical significance.
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Angel Island
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Angel Island is an island in San Francisco Bay. Originally the home of a military installation, the island now offers picturesque views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The entire island is included within Angel Island State Park, administered by California State Parks. Great place for hiking and historical significance.
One of the best views from this peak of downtown San Francisco, north past the Golden Gate bridge, and west to the beach, this gem is .4 mile walk from the house. 922 ft. above sea level, it's one of the highest peaks in San Francisco and offers spectacular views of the San Francisco.
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Twin Peaks
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One of the best views from this peak of downtown San Francisco, north past the Golden Gate bridge, and west to the beach, this gem is .4 mile walk from the house. 922 ft. above sea level, it's one of the highest peaks in San Francisco and offers spectacular views of the San Francisco.
Exceptional hardware store offering everything to games to wigs! Must go visit. In the Castro district
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Cliff's Variety
479 Castro Street
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Exceptional hardware store offering everything to games to wigs! Must go visit. In the Castro district