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Authentic Southern Brazilian Hospitality! The Art of Churrasco. Gaucho chefs slowly grill choice cuts of skewered rotisserie meats over an open flame to capture the authentic flavor and texture of each distinctive cut. A parade of meats is continuously offered and carved table side by Gaucho Chefs evoking the fireside meals of the open plains. The Rodizio, which means continuous table side service, continues until each guest is fully content. Say "Yes" countless times!
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Espetus Churrascaria - San Francisco
1686 Market Street
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Authentic Southern Brazilian Hospitality! The Art of Churrasco. Gaucho chefs slowly grill choice cuts of skewered rotisserie meats over an open flame to capture the authentic flavor and texture of each distinctive cut. A parade of meats is continuously offered and carved table side by Gaucho Chefs evoking the fireside meals of the open plains. The Rodizio, which means continuous table side service, continues until each guest is fully content. Say "Yes" countless times!
Zuni Cafe opened in San Francisco on February 15, 1979. Zuni Cafe won the James Beard Foundation Award for 'Outstanding Restaurant' in 2003 and 'Outstanding Service' in 2018. Besides "the" chicken, Zuni's burger, Caesar salad, and bloody mary have all been called the best in the city at various points in the restaurant’s illustrious, 40-plus-year career. Sitting on the edge of Hayes Valley, it’s the utility belt of San Francisco restaurants: good for brunch, for late-night dining, for oysters and a cocktail at the bar, or for a lovely sit-down meal with a date. If there is one dish every San Franciscan must eat, it might be Zuni’s famous chicken for two that’s roasted in the wood-fired brick oven and served with a warm bread salad. For the first time in the restaurant’s storied history, Zuni is now serving takeout — and is the first restaurant in the city to switch over to all reusable takeout containers.
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Zuni Café
1658 Market St
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Zuni Cafe opened in San Francisco on February 15, 1979. Zuni Cafe won the James Beard Foundation Award for 'Outstanding Restaurant' in 2003 and 'Outstanding Service' in 2018. Besides "the" chicken, Zuni's burger, Caesar salad, and bloody mary have all been called the best in the city at various points in the restaurant’s illustrious, 40-plus-year career. Sitting on the edge of Hayes Valley, it’s the utility belt of San Francisco restaurants: good for brunch, for late-night dining, for oysters and a cocktail at the bar, or for a lovely sit-down meal with a date. If there is one dish every San Franciscan must eat, it might be Zuni’s famous chicken for two that’s roasted in the wood-fired brick oven and served with a warm bread salad. For the first time in the restaurant’s storied history, Zuni is now serving takeout — and is the first restaurant in the city to switch over to all reusable takeout containers.
Bringing the bold flavors of Burma to the Mission. Burma Love emphasizes your favorite dishes from the Burma Superstar menu such as the Tea Leaf Salad, Samusa Soup and Classic Mohinga as well as a handful of newer, more seafood-centric dishes exclusive to our Mission outpost...
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Burma Love
211 Valencia Street
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Bringing the bold flavors of Burma to the Mission. Burma Love emphasizes your favorite dishes from the Burma Superstar menu such as the Tea Leaf Salad, Samusa Soup and Classic Mohinga as well as a handful of newer, more seafood-centric dishes exclusive to our Mission outpost...
Domo’s inventive specialty rolls, like the temptation roll stuffed with shrimp tempura, unagi, avocado and crab and the spicy hulk (spicy tuna and avocado, tobiko wrapped in a cucumber sheet with ponzu), set this sushi restaurant apart.
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Domo
511 Laguna Street
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Domo’s inventive specialty rolls, like the temptation roll stuffed with shrimp tempura, unagi, avocado and crab and the spicy hulk (spicy tuna and avocado, tobiko wrapped in a cucumber sheet with ponzu), set this sushi restaurant apart.
Another Personal Favorite SF Restaurant: Craftsman wood finishes, an enclosed front patio with natural light, and a menu of excellent cocktails from Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo (alums of SF’s Future Bars group) give this neighborhood bar extra charm. The food menu is filled with low-key comfort food items like pulled pork tacos and fried chicken, balanced with lighter dishes like halibut ceviche and a tuna poke bowl. Plus it’s open late, with food available til 1 a.m. — a true gem in this sleepy town.
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Horsefeather
528 Divisadero St
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Another Personal Favorite SF Restaurant: Craftsman wood finishes, an enclosed front patio with natural light, and a menu of excellent cocktails from Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo (alums of SF’s Future Bars group) give this neighborhood bar extra charm. The food menu is filled with low-key comfort food items like pulled pork tacos and fried chicken, balanced with lighter dishes like halibut ceviche and a tuna poke bowl. Plus it’s open late, with food available til 1 a.m. — a true gem in this sleepy town.
It wouldn’t be San Francisco without the Mission’s squadron of high-quality taquerias, none better or more famous than this one. Known, in part, for long lines at all times of day, even during the pandemic, La Taq built up an unwaveringly loyal fan base even before it landed its America's Best Burrito title. The carnitas and carne asada are some of the best around; the tacos come wonderfully overloaded; and those burritos, famously, are served without rice so there’s no carb overload to distract from the quality of the meats.
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La Taqueria
2889 Mission St
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It wouldn’t be San Francisco without the Mission’s squadron of high-quality taquerias, none better or more famous than this one. Known, in part, for long lines at all times of day, even during the pandemic, La Taq built up an unwaveringly loyal fan base even before it landed its America's Best Burrito title. The carnitas and carne asada are some of the best around; the tacos come wonderfully overloaded; and those burritos, famously, are served without rice so there’s no carb overload to distract from the quality of the meats.
This busy, colorful oasis in the Mission with craft cocktails and inventive Mexican dishes is always a great choice. Not only does it have a version of queso — a surprisingly elusive dip in SF — but its taco options are on point with fillings like panko-crusted shrimp, fish, and grilled steak. Loló has an extensive takeout menu featuring more portable offerings than the restaurant’s usual sleek small plates — think burritos stuffed with birria or cochinita pibil. It’s also selling cocktails, michelada kits, and meal kits for, say, making your own carnitas at home.
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Loló
974 Valencia St
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This busy, colorful oasis in the Mission with craft cocktails and inventive Mexican dishes is always a great choice. Not only does it have a version of queso — a surprisingly elusive dip in SF — but its taco options are on point with fillings like panko-crusted shrimp, fish, and grilled steak. Loló has an extensive takeout menu featuring more portable offerings than the restaurant’s usual sleek small plates — think burritos stuffed with birria or cochinita pibil. It’s also selling cocktails, michelada kits, and meal kits for, say, making your own carnitas at home.
Located in the heart of the Mission atop sister restaurant Lolinda, El Techo serves Latin American street food and cocktails “del sol” in an unparalleled rooftop location with expansive city views. Seats at the all-alfresco El Techo are highly coveted, and patrons line up early to score a spot. The roof stays open come rain or come shine, thanks to heat lamps and wind screens.
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El Techo
2516 Mission St
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Located in the heart of the Mission atop sister restaurant Lolinda, El Techo serves Latin American street food and cocktails “del sol” in an unparalleled rooftop location with expansive city views. Seats at the all-alfresco El Techo are highly coveted, and patrons line up early to score a spot. The roof stays open come rain or come shine, thanks to heat lamps and wind screens.
Pakwan the Bay Area Pakistani Indian restaurant is a favorite dining destination.. A Pakistani Indian restaurant specializing in mouth watering Pakistani Indian food. Using a unique combination of Indian spices and traditional cooking, Pakwan brings you dishes made from authentic recipes of the Subcontinent. Their mouth watering menu will keep you coming back for more.
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Pakwan
3182 16th Street
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Pakwan the Bay Area Pakistani Indian restaurant is a favorite dining destination.. A Pakistani Indian restaurant specializing in mouth watering Pakistani Indian food. Using a unique combination of Indian spices and traditional cooking, Pakwan brings you dishes made from authentic recipes of the Subcontinent. Their mouth watering menu will keep you coming back for more.
AMAZING FOOD
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Souvla
517 Hayes Street
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AMAZING FOOD
AMAZING FOOD
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Rich Table
199 Gough Street
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AMAZING FOOD
Live Music Venue
Noted for its robust sound and lights, perfect sightlines and a professional, courteous staff, the venue has become a staple for musicians, touring professionals and fans alike. With a continuous schedule of emerging and varied performers on stage, The Independent plays a vital role in San Francisco’s storied live music past, present and future.
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The Independent
628 Divisadero St
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Noted for its robust sound and lights, perfect sightlines and a professional, courteous staff, the venue has become a staple for musicians, touring professionals and fans alike. With a continuous schedule of emerging and varied performers on stage, The Independent plays a vital role in San Francisco’s storied live music past, present and future.
A historic concert venue. In the mid-1960s, the Fillmore Auditorium became the focal point for psychedelic music and counterculture in general, with such acts as The Grateful Dead, The Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Byrds, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Santana, Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention, The Allman Brothers Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and British acts The Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd all performing at the venue. Besides rock, Graham also featured non-rock acts such as Lenny Bruce, Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Lloyd, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding as well as poetry readings. The Grateful Dead were regulars at The Fillmore, having played a total of 51 concerts from 1965 through 1969.
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The Fillmore
1805 Geary Boulevard
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A historic concert venue. In the mid-1960s, the Fillmore Auditorium became the focal point for psychedelic music and counterculture in general, with such acts as The Grateful Dead, The Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Byrds, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Santana, Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention, The Allman Brothers Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and British acts The Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd all performing at the venue. Besides rock, Graham also featured non-rock acts such as Lenny Bruce, Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Lloyd, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding as well as poetry readings. The Grateful Dead were regulars at The Fillmore, having played a total of 51 concerts from 1965 through 1969.
Voted #6 in the Best Clubs in America list by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2013
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Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell St
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Voted #6 in the Best Clubs in America list by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2013
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The Warfield
982 Market Street
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Built in 1928, the Fox Theater is an architectural masterpiece and former movie house that underwent a $75 million renovation to reopen its doors in February of 2009 under the direction of Another Planet Entertainment. Featuring jaw-dropping original details, state-of-the-art Meyer sound system and a capacity of up to 2,800, the Fox is continuously recognized as a favorite among touring artists.
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Fox Theater
1807 Telegraph Avenue
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Built in 1928, the Fox Theater is an architectural masterpiece and former movie house that underwent a $75 million renovation to reopen its doors in February of 2009 under the direction of Another Planet Entertainment. Featuring jaw-dropping original details, state-of-the-art Meyer sound system and a capacity of up to 2,800, the Fox is continuously recognized as a favorite among touring artists.
Must See!
Encompassing nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco's most popular parks, the vibrant heart of its equally vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood. Dolores Park provides access to spectacular views of the downtown city skyline. Comprised of two distinct areas - the upper slope where you'll find most families and children congregating at the playground, and the lower slope where a more laid-back scene usually unfolds. The vast stretches of grass welcome picnic luncheons, games of Frisbee, book readers sprawled across blankets, sunbathers taking a snooze and visitors who come to enjoy the following Dolores Park attractions. "A great weekend hangout spot with a fun relaxing vibe with chill folks, popping music, cool games and cute dogs".
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Mission Dolores Park
Mission 19th Street
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Encompassing nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco's most popular parks, the vibrant heart of its equally vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood. Dolores Park provides access to spectacular views of the downtown city skyline. Comprised of two distinct areas - the upper slope where you'll find most families and children congregating at the playground, and the lower slope where a more laid-back scene usually unfolds. The vast stretches of grass welcome picnic luncheons, games of Frisbee, book readers sprawled across blankets, sunbathers taking a snooze and visitors who come to enjoy the following Dolores Park attractions. "A great weekend hangout spot with a fun relaxing vibe with chill folks, popping music, cool games and cute dogs".
What do you get when you put an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest and natural history museum in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park?
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California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
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What do you get when you put an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest and natural history museum in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park?
Bar/Alcohol
An excellent bar in Hayes Valley, Brass Tacks is good to keep on your radar for many situations: post-work drink with the team, glass of wine with a girlfriend, or solo beer with your trusty dachshund Colonel Mustard. The space is small but never too slammed and the cocktails are excellent. Being dog-friendly is a plus, and the prime Hayes location is the kicker.
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Brass Tacks
488A Hayes Street
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An excellent bar in Hayes Valley, Brass Tacks is good to keep on your radar for many situations: post-work drink with the team, glass of wine with a girlfriend, or solo beer with your trusty dachshund Colonel Mustard. The space is small but never too slammed and the cocktails are excellent. Being dog-friendly is a plus, and the prime Hayes location is the kicker.
Recently ranked one of the top 27 bars in America. Martuni's is a San Francisco institution where you won’t be judged for your preference on gin or vodka martinis. Stay for the piano bar in the back which on any given night is packed with locals singing loudly, joyfully in unison. Be careful, the drinks are delicious, large and very strong.
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Martuni's
4 Valencia Street
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Recently ranked one of the top 27 bars in America. Martuni's is a San Francisco institution where you won’t be judged for your preference on gin or vodka martinis. Stay for the piano bar in the back which on any given night is packed with locals singing loudly, joyfully in unison. Be careful, the drinks are delicious, large and very strong.
Whether it’s a dance party celebrating the music of Prince and Michael Jackson or a Sunday afternoon chillin’ to R&B and chowing down on fresh-off-the-grill ribs, there’s a little something for everyone at Madrone Art Bar—a multi-media space that’s always in-flux. The bar doubles as an exhibit space for an ever-changing display of paintings, photographs, sculptures and more, and while one night may include sketching nude models to live Punk-Blues, another may focus entirely on DJ-spun Motown tunes.
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Madrone Art Bar
500 Divisadero St
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Whether it’s a dance party celebrating the music of Prince and Michael Jackson or a Sunday afternoon chillin’ to R&B and chowing down on fresh-off-the-grill ribs, there’s a little something for everyone at Madrone Art Bar—a multi-media space that’s always in-flux. The bar doubles as an exhibit space for an ever-changing display of paintings, photographs, sculptures and more, and while one night may include sketching nude models to live Punk-Blues, another may focus entirely on DJ-spun Motown tunes.
Biergarten is a small Bavarian style neighborhood beer garden in the heart of Hayes Valley.
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Biergarten
424 Octavia St
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Biergarten is a small Bavarian style neighborhood beer garden in the heart of Hayes Valley.
Enjoy a menu of labor-intensive libations served by highly skilled (and dapperly-dressed) bartenders at the city's original nuevo speakeasy, which first opened its unmarked door back in 2005 and ushered in a whole new era of SF craft cocktails. Both a reservation and password are required to enter this secretive corner space, home to its own set of “House Rules” and hidden exit tunnels. The location has actually been dolling out spirits since the late 19th century.
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Bourbon & Branch
501 Jones Street
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Enjoy a menu of labor-intensive libations served by highly skilled (and dapperly-dressed) bartenders at the city's original nuevo speakeasy, which first opened its unmarked door back in 2005 and ushered in a whole new era of SF craft cocktails. Both a reservation and password are required to enter this secretive corner space, home to its own set of “House Rules” and hidden exit tunnels. The location has actually been dolling out spirits since the late 19th century.
Art and Culture
San Francisco Ballet
455 Franklin St
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War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue
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San Francisco Symphony
201 Van Ness Avenue
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Officially designated as a San Francisco Landmark in 1977 by the San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, the Orpheum Theatre originally opened in 1926 with an façade patterned after a 12th-century French cathedral. Although this 2,200-seat theatre—located at the corner of Market Street and 8th Street—saw an external rejuvenation in 2016, the original and historical integrity of the landmark prevails as the Orpheum continues to welcome audiences across the San Francisco Bay Area to revel in the razzle-dazzle of Broadway.
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SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market Street
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Officially designated as a San Francisco Landmark in 1977 by the San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, the Orpheum Theatre originally opened in 1926 with an façade patterned after a 12th-century French cathedral. Although this 2,200-seat theatre—located at the corner of Market Street and 8th Street—saw an external rejuvenation in 2016, the original and historical integrity of the landmark prevails as the Orpheum continues to welcome audiences across the San Francisco Bay Area to revel in the razzle-dazzle of Broadway.
In January 2013 the SFJAZZ Center opened on the corner of Fell and Franklin streets in the heart of San Francisco's cultural corridor - the first stand-alone structure in the country build specifically for jazz.
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SFJAZZ
201 Franklin St
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In January 2013 the SFJAZZ Center opened on the corner of Fell and Franklin streets in the heart of San Francisco's cultural corridor - the first stand-alone structure in the country build specifically for jazz.
Museums
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd St
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Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
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M.H. de Young Memorial Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
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Legion of Honor
100 34th Avenue
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Sightseeing
Lands End Trail explores the historic Sutro Baths and offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. A must see for any visitor to San Francisco. Trails at Lands End offer a cliff-top walk through dark cypress and open grass and 30-mile views up and down the California coast.
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Lands End Trail
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Lands End Trail explores the historic Sutro Baths and offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. A must see for any visitor to San Francisco. Trails at Lands End offer a cliff-top walk through dark cypress and open grass and 30-mile views up and down the California coast.
Muir Woods National Monument is part of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, north of San Francisco. It’s known for its towering old-growth redwood trees.
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Muir Woods nationalmonument
1 Muir Woods Rd
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Muir Woods National Monument is part of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, north of San Francisco. It’s known for its towering old-growth redwood trees.
Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco, California. The beach lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the northwest of the city. It is roughly half a mile long, beginning just south of Golden Gate Point (where the Golden Gate Bridge connects with the peninsula), extending southward toward the Seacliff peninsula, the Palace of the Legion of Honor and the Sutro Baths. The northern section of Baker Beach is clothing-optional and as such it is considered a nude beach.
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Baker Beach
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Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco, California. The beach lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the northwest of the city. It is roughly half a mile long, beginning just south of Golden Gate Point (where the Golden Gate Bridge connects with the peninsula), extending southward toward the Seacliff peninsula, the Palace of the Legion of Honor and the Sutro Baths. The northern section of Baker Beach is clothing-optional and as such it is considered a nude beach.
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Golden Golden Gate Bridge
If California had a Central Park equivalent, Golden Gate Park would undoubtedly be it. The park offers so much to see and do, it could take an entire day to experience all that it has to offer. Trails, picnic spaces, playgrounds, sports courts, gardens, museums and more can be found within its evergreen borders. With so many options available, it's best to map out ahead of time what you want to do.
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Golden Gate Park
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If California had a Central Park equivalent, Golden Gate Park would undoubtedly be it. The park offers so much to see and do, it could take an entire day to experience all that it has to offer. Trails, picnic spaces, playgrounds, sports courts, gardens, museums and more can be found within its evergreen borders. With so many options available, it's best to map out ahead of time what you want to do.
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Ocean Beach
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