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Official concessioner for the National Park Service. See Alcatraz, one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, or take a combo tour of Alcatraz and Angel Island. Ticket Booth: Pier 33, 415.981.7625,

This small island just off the Tiburon Peninsula offers hiking and biking trails, campsites, picnic facilities and spectacular views of the city. Purchase tickets from Blue and Gold Fleet or the Tiburon Ferry, 415.435.3972,

Visit San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium to get up close and personal with the bay’s amazing marine life. The aquarium features over 180 unique local species. Learn about what makes the San Francisco Bay a welcoming home for wild marine life! Pier 39, 415.623.5300,

Blue and Gold Fleet offers tours of the Bay and Alcatraz. A free audio tour is available on select tours in nine languages. Bring Wi- Fi-enabled devices to access the tour. Pier41,415.705.8200,

Lillie Hitchcock Coit bequeathed funds for the “beautification of the city.” Her heirs used the money to build Coit Tower. 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., 415.249.0995,

This botanical wonderland in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood and glass conservatory in North America. The inside houses nearly 2,000 plant species. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, 415.831.2090,

Waterfront recreation area, beach and wetlands is popular among locals and visitors. Great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Located along Mason Street in the Presidio. Warming Hut Park Store & Cafe: 983 Marine Drive, 415.561.3042,

Find crab stands along the sidewalks, seafood restaurants and shops in the historic heart of the city’s fishing industry. Pier 43, 415.674.7503,

Once the embarkation point for soldiers going to war in the Pacific, the 13-acre campus now is home to theaters, galleries and museums. 2 Marina Blvd., 415.345.7500,

Former chocolate factory site is home to boutiques, restaurants and the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and ChocolateShop. 900 North Point St., 415.775.5500,

One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge defines the city. A stroll down the east side offers views of the city and the bay. Lincoln Boulevard and Armistead Road in the Presidio, welcome center: 415.426.5220,

This park is home to the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers, with soccer fields, a golf course, tennis courts and more. Pick up a park map at McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan St., 415.831.2700,

Cathedral, inspired by the architecture of Paris’ Notre Dame, serves as a diverse gathering place for worship, celebration and activities. 1100 California St., 415.749.6300,

Dining, shopping and entertainment plaza named author Jack London, who spent much of his boyhood on Oakland’s waterfront. Water Street and Broadway, Oakland, 510.645.9292,

Stroll among monuments, bridges, native Japanese plants and koi ponds in the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive,

Known for its shipwrecks and landslides, this is San Francisco’s wildest and rockiest coast. The crown jewel is the scenic Coastal Trail, with views of the Pacific coast and Golden GateBridge. VisitorCenter:680 Point Lobos Ave., 415.426.5240,

This famed landmark has eight hairpin switchbacks on a downward pitch, making it the “crookedest street in the world.”
Lombard and Hyde streets

This famous chain of wax museums is filled with celebrities. You can now get up close and personal with the figures—no more ropes— and snap a pic with your favorite celebrity. 145JeffersonSt., 415.757.2707,

Completed in 1791, Mission Dolores is the oldest intact building in San Francisco and was the city’s first church. 3321 16th St., 415.621.8203,

Marin County’s highest peak (2,500 feet) is ideal for hiking, cycling and offers breathtaking views. Panoramic Highway, 415.388.2070,

Famous grove of 400- to 800-year-old virgin redwoods that grow more than 250 feet tall. 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley, 415.561.2850; parking/shuttle; reservations: 800.410.2419,

The Oakland Zoo is home to more than 750 native and exotic animals and is recognized for its outstanding animalcare. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, 510.632.9525,

This row of seven Victorian homes (made famous by the opening credits of Full House) lines the eastern side of Alamo Square Park and is often called “Postcard Row.” 710-720 Steiner St.

This domed rotunda is all that remains from the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. Today this is a popular spot to stroll, take photos or attend events at the theater. 3301 Lyon St., 415.563.6504,

Popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinationnearFisherman’s Wharf features more than 50 shops and 14 restaurants with bay views. Beach Street and the Embarcadero, 415.981.7437,

Former Army base is now a national park with forests, trails, historic structures, restaurants and the Walt Disney Family Museum. Visitor center at 210 Lincoln Blvd., 415.561.4323,

Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz aboard the one-hour Golden Gate Bay Cruise. All cruises depart from Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.673.2900,

Explore the San Francisco Bay and taste wines aboard the city’s only floating tasting room. Sip from a large selection of California wines. Pier 39, 415.859.7052,

This internationally recognized urban oasis includes 55 acres of gardens displaying almost 9,000 different kinds of plants, plus a library and a bookstore. 1119 9th Ave., 415.661.1316,

Home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals, among peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants. Sloat BoulevardatGreatHighway, 415.753.7080,

The 34-acre botanical garden at UC Berkeley exhibits over 10,000 types of plants. It features nine regions of plantings from Italy to South Africa, as well as California native plants. 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, 510.643.2755,

The Yerba Buena Gardens offer nine different types of gardens, a center for the arts, a carousel, an MLK memorial, an ice skating rink and bowling center, plus child care facilities. 750HowardSt.,415.820.3550,

The Winchester Rifle heiress spent 38 years directing construction of the 160-room home, which is full of bizarre and unorthodox features, including doors that open to nowhere. 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, 408.247.2000,

Spectacular mural by seven women artists. conveys the healing power of women’s wisdom and the contributions of women. 3543 18th St., 415.431.1180,


Don’t waste time searching for a place to park. Easily find available parking or a place to charge your electric vehicle with Ace Parking. Check online for locations. 855.223.7275,

Bay Area Rapid Transit trains serve the city of San Francisco, as well as San Francisco and Oakland International airports, Berkeley, Oakland and other Bay Area destinations. 510.464.6000,

Explore San Francisco with Bay Wheels, a bike-share system with docking stations around the Bay Area. Rides start at just $2. Requires the Lyft app. San Francisco and Bay Area, 855.480.2453,

Bike on your own or take a tour with this biking adventure company, offering locations at Fisherman’s Wharf, the Financial District and Union Square. 415.202.8888,

Offering commuter rail service along the San Francisco Peninsula, through the South Bay to San Jose and Gilroy. One-way tickets range from $3.75-$15. 800.660.4287,

Save 46% or more at the Bay Area’s major attractions. Choose between a booklet of four preset and one option tickets or a booklet of three tickets to attractions of your choice.

Available for use on Muni, BART, CalTrain and more, this is an all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value loaded onto it.

From sports cars to sedans and SUVs, this is one of the largest selections of high- end vehicles from some of the world’s top luxury manufacturers. 233 Ellis St., 415.542.6023; SFO: 780 N. McDonnell Road, 650.933.0124,

Golden Gate Ferry offers trips to Sausalito, Larkspur and Tiburon. Blue and Gold Fleet offers trips to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo and Alameda/Oakland. San Francisco Bay Ferry offers trips from Pier 41, SF Ferry Building, Oracle Park, South San Francisco, Mare Island, Vallejo, Richmond, Oakland, Alameda and Harbor Bay.

Visitors information on where to stay, who to meet, things to do and places to explore in Marin County. 1 Mitchell Blvd., San Rafael, 415.925.2060,

Citywide bus and light-rail service. Muni Passports, good for unlimited rides for one, three or seven days, are available at the Visitor Information Center at the BART station on Powell and Market streets. 415.701.2311,

The closest parking lot to the San Francisco International Airport, Park ‘N Fly offers valet parking, door-to-door shuttle service, luggage assistance and 24-hour security. Open 24/7. 160 Produce Ave., South San Francisco; lot contact: 650.877.8438; reservation help: 800.325.4863,

The Center is home to a large-scale Presidio model, as well as a variety of exhibits and interactive displays focusing on the nature, culture and history of the former military base. 210 Lincoln Blvd., 415.561.4323,

Reach Sausalito over the Golden Gate Bridge
or by 30-minute ferry ride. Special holiday events include the 13th Annual Gingerbread House Tour, Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks, and the Jingle Bell 5K Run and Pancake Brunch. 1913 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.331.7262,

Staff at the San Francisco Visitor Information Center can help with maps, guides, tour and attraction tickets and passes for Muni and the Cable Car. Inside the Moscone South Building, Fourth and Howard streets,

Tuolumne County is the place for Yosemite explorations, Gold Country discoveries and High Sierra adventures, just two and a half hours east of the San Francisco Bay Area. 193 S. Washington St., Sonora, 209.533.4420,

Less than a 30-minute drive from San Francisco, Berkeley is your destination for arts and culture, with more than 100 cultural organizations, and for dining, with more than 350 restaurants citywide. 2030 Addison St., Berkeley, 510.549.7040,


This shop has a fine collection of original art nouveau antique items, which includes lamps and art glass, chandeliers, stained and beveled glass windows, bronzes, sculptures and furniture. 4310 California St., 415.668.4444,

ArtHaus specializes in contemporary works by established and midcareer Bay Area and New York artists. It also provides an intimate setting for cocktail receptions. 228 Townsend St., 415.977.0223,

Caldwell Snyder is a contemporary art gallery representing many significant international painters and sculptors from the 21st century. It has introduced many artists to the Bay Area for the first time. 341 Sutter St., 415.392.2299; 1328 Main St., St. Helena, 707.200.5050,

This is a gallery with attitude. It specializes in contemporary painting and new media installation art by emerging artists, often with social and political themes. 248 Utah St., 415.399.1439,

The California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute provides two floors of contemporary exhibition space that are free to the public, in addition to its artist residency and research programs. 360 Kansas St., 415.355.9670,

This premier gallery features paintings, drawings and original prints by European masters. Find art by Gauguin, Renoir, Manet, Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Kandinsky and Dalí, plus Frankenthaler, de Kooning and Lichtenstein. 377 Geary St., 415.397.7781,

This gallery space is home to original paintings by noteworthy American and European contemporary artists. The gallery also works closely with collectors to assist clients in finding the perfect pieces for their home. 246 Powell St., 415.397.0114,

Bubble Street Gallery offers an eclectic mix of fine arts and crafts. Contemporary surrealist Daniel Merriam’s collection reflects styles from steampunk to neo-Victorian and pop surrealism. 565 Bridgeway Blvd., Sausalito, 415.339.0506,

Founded in 1979, this world-class gallery at 49 Geary focuses on photography, with rotating shows that span the medium’s history from the beginning to modern-day. 49 Geary St., Fourth Floor, 415.981.2661,

Hackett Mill represents the contemporary artists David Beck, Masatoyo Kishi, Manuel Neri, Raimonds Staprans, and Brian Wall and is the exclusive representative of David Park and Robert Schwartz. 145 Natoma St., 415.362.3377,

Hashimoto Contemporary is home to an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. The gallery focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work. 804 Sutter St., 415.655.9265,

This gallery showcases works by 20th-century contemporary American and European painters and sculptors such as Richard Serra and Julie Mehretu, as well as historic exhibits of Georgia O’Keeffe and Matisse. 10 Hawthorne St., 415.781.4629,

This all-media gallery offers a mix of young urbanism and new traditional media. It focuses on exposition, showing works that encourage audiences to perceive visuals in new ways. 555 Sutter St., 415.369.9404,

This gallery specializes in original paintings, sculptures and limited-edition graphics and features works by Basquiat, Dalí, Warhol and emerging artists. 366 Geary St., 415.956.0345,

One of the country’s leading galleries, Meyerovich specializes in American and European paintings, works on paper, graphics and sculpture by contemporary masters such as John Baldessari, Guy Dill, Alex Katz, Roy Lichten- stein, Robert Motherwell, Chuck Arnoldi, Ross Bleckner, Deborah Kass, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan and Bernar Venet. The gallery has extensive experience in working with museums and international clientele. 251 Post St., Suite 400, 415.421.7171,

This gallery's museum-quality program emphasizes historical exhibitions of significant artistic movements, foremost the Russian Avant-Garde 1910-1930. This was the first gallery to exhibit Andy Warhol in the Bay Area. 724 Ellis St., 415.541.0461,

The only gallery of its kind in San Francisco, Montague Gallery specializes in contemporary fine art glass with an expansive roster of world-renowned
artists including Dale Chihuly and Dante Marioni. 445A Sutter St., 415.964.4978,

This Jackson Square gallery offers works ranging from old masters to 20th-century modern, European and American impressionism, and 19th- and 20th-century Californian. 545 Sansome St., 415.788.8300,

Gallery includes established and emerging artists—such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Vik Muniz, Henry Wessel and Ron Nagle—whose work engages with contemporary social and cultural climates. 1275 Minnesota St., 415.982.3292,

This gallery offers a wide range of exemplary photography that spans from the 19th century to the present, exhibiting works by artists such as Isaac Abrams, Alex Webb and Debra Bloomfield. 49 Geary St., Fifth Floor, 415.421.0122,

San Francisco Art Exchange is a worldwide leader in art and photographs from pop culture, offering original photographs, paintings and limited-edition prints of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and more. 458 Geary St., 415.441.8840,

This gallery showcases every artistic aspect of books, from the antique to the experimental. Ponder exhibitions on censorship and literary forms, or take a workshop on bookmaking. 375 Rhode Island St., 415.565.0545,

This gallery shows vintage and contemporary photographs by established and emerging artists. It’s home to an extensive inventory of photographs by iconic California photographers such as Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. 450 1st St.
E, Sonoma, 707.343.1928,

Located in Union Square, this gallery features postwar and contemporary art by acclaimed American and European artists, including Hunt Slonem, Ross Bleckner and Miguel Condé. 345 Sutter St., 415.421.7770,

This gallery showcases works from American and international artists that present new approaches to traditional media and challenge viewers’ perception. 373 Geary St., 415.956.9999,

Bardot St. Tropez RoseThis contemporary and modern art gallery exhibits internationally renowned and emerging artists, as well as traditional and hybrid media, printmaking, sculpture and photography. 213 Jefferson St., 415.632.1036,


Home to over 18,000 exquisite art objects spanning 6,000 years of history and culture throughout Asia, this museum is one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere devoted exclusively to Asian art. 200 Larkin St., 415.581.3500,

This museum has rotating art exhibitions that range from classical Chinese painting to abstract expressionism to pro- vocative multimedia work, plus a film archive that offers screen- ings. 2155 Center St., Berkeley, 510.642.0808,

Interactive learning center lets children play outdoors, design and create high-tech projects and oversized structures. 557McReynolds Road, Sausalito, 415.339.3900,

Dedicated to the poetry and social movement that made San Francisco part of literary history, this museum showcases artifacts from Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and others. 540 Broadway, 800.537.6822, front desk: 415.399.9626,

Museum in the historic Washington-Mason cable car depot and powerhouse that houses historic cable cars, photographs and mechanical displays. 1201 Mason St., 415.474.1887,

The academy is an international center for scientific education and research and the only museum in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum under one (living) roof. 55 Music Concourse Drive, 415.379.8000, 

This hands-on, multimedia arts and technology experience for kids promotes 21st-century skills. 2214thSt., 415.820.3320,

Located in a Daniel Libeskind-designed building, the CJM explores contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art and ideas. 736 Mission St., 415.655.7800,

Founded in 1895, this impressively varied museum showcases collections from the Americas, Pacific Islands and Africa, as well as photography, graphic art and textiles. Free general admission first Tuesday of each month. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415.750.3600,

This educational center offers an array of interactive scientific exhibits and hands-on displays that stimulate the senses and mind. Pier15,415.528.4444,

Celebrating the San Francisco gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community through dynamic exhibitions and programming. 412718thSt., 415.621.1107,

This grand art museum is a three- quarter-scale adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. The museum was built to commemorate soldiers who died in World War I. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., 415.750.3600,

The MCCLA promotes and preserves arts that reflect the traditions of Chicano, Mexican, Central and South American and Caribbean societies. 2868 Mission St., 415.821.1155,

Come see one of the world’s largest privately-owned collections of coin-operated mechanical music boxes and antique arcade games in working conditions. Free admission daily. Pier 45 at Taylor Street on Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.346.2000,

This cultural institution celebrates the richness of black culture and is one of the few museums in the world that exclusively examines the African diaspora. 685 Mission St., 415.358.7200,

This is San Francisco’s only museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary craft and design. 2569 3rd St., 415.773.0303,

Step inside an immersive experience, painted neon pink and populated with cookie carousels and a swimming pool filled with rainbow sprinkles. 1 Grant Ave., 855.258.0719,

SFMOMA is the largest modern art space in the nation. See painting, sculpture, photography, architecture and design, and media arts. Most of the museum’s ground floor is free. 151 3rd St., 415.357.4000,

This museum tells the story of the man behind the Disney magic. The tale of Walt Disney comes to life in galleries with voice clips, home videos and family photographs. 104 Montgomery St. in the Presidio, 415.345.6800,

This contemporary art center highlights multicultural issues through artwork, performing arts, film and civic engagement. 701 Mission St., general: 415.978.2700, tickets: 415.978.2787,


This SoMa brewpub delivers reasonably priced, home-brewed beer in unique flavors alongside dependable standards like cheeseburgers and housemade chili. 563 2nd St., 415.369.0900,

One of the best bars in the city for a perfectly crafted cocktail, this hidden spot in an alley off the North Beach strip also serves well-priced bar bites. 15 Romolo Place, 415.398.1359,

This bar and lounge mixes S.F.’s famed speakeasy-style bar scene (classic cocktails served in an off-the-beaten-path second-story location) with a hipster vibe in the SoMa district. 679 3rd St., 415.746.9968,

This modern French-style wine bar has a wine menu that changes daily. Try the thoughtfully paired small plates to complement your wine. 1754 Polk St., 415.292.6916,

This modern brewpub has a giant torpedo behind the bar, which serves as the base of the bar tap. Barrel Head offers over 30 rotating craft beers, plus cocktails and a full menu. 1785 Fulton St., 415.416.6989,

Self-proclaimed as “San Francisco’s funkiest club,” this hot spot in the famed Fillmore District offers funk, soul, blues, jazz, rock and more. Shows are 21 years and older only. Check online for an up-to-date schedule. 1601 Fillmore St., 415.673.8000,

This beer bar features 42 taps and over 100 bottles from the best breweries in the world, exclusive house beers and a kitchen serving bar bites, sandwiches and a limited selection of entrees such as mussels. 34 Mason St., 415.984.0279,

Lauded by Rolling Stone as “the best place to hear live music in San Francisco,” this spot is open seven nights a week and showcases an array of styles, from hard rock and punk to folk and pop. 1233 17th St., 415.626.4455,

This Tenderloin speakeasy offers strong Prohibition-era cocktails in a 1920s private club atmosphere. Imbibe Champagne or bourbon- heavy libations in the library, or book a booth in the back. 501 Jones St., 415.346.1735,

Cityscape Lounge offers 360-degree views of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s iconic landmarks. The menu features small plates and appetizers. Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 46th Floor, 333 O’Farrell St., 415.923.5002,

Named after Henry Comstock and the Comstock Lode, this historic watering hole offers classic cocktails and live jazz, plus upscale bar food. 155 Columbus Ave., 415.617.0071,

Serving since 1858, this Mission Dolores bar is the second-oldest continually operating saloon in San Francisco. There’s no better spot for handmade fresh fruit cocktails and a huge selection of whiskey. 3200 16th St., 415.552.1633,

Drinks range from pisco-based cocktails to Brazilian beer at this expansive rooftop bar. Dig into tasty bites such as empanadas and meat skewers. 2516 Mission St., 415.550.6970,

This legendary historic venue has hosted acts such as James Brown, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Cure, Sonic Youth, Prince and many more. 1805 Geary Blvd., 415.346.3000,

Horsefeather has a late-night food menu (serving until 1 a.m.) and stellar lineup of cocktails made with fresh ingredients and housemade syrups. 528 Divisadero St., 415.817.1939,

This classy cocktail bar is inspired by the 1950s and ’60s newspaper industry. The vintage decor includes typewriters and news clippings; the staff are dressed in period outfits too. 691 Market St., 415.795.1375,

This gastropub specializes in craft beer, serving 28 drafts and over 150 bottles. The kitchen serves upscale seasonally driven pub food. Be prepared to wait—they do not take reservations. 3141 16th St., 415.865.9523,

This jazz bar is hidden in a back alley in the Mid-Market neighborhood. The bar features live jazz nightly with no cover, a sharp list of rotating cocktails and under-$10 snacks. 39 Fell St., 415.384.9365,

Nihon is a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya and a seductive whisky bar, serving over 500 selections of whisky. 1779 Folsom St., 415.552.4400,

Offering seasonal cocktails, an array of wine and a menu of elevated comfort food, Noir Lounge channels a 1940s jazz club with live piano Sundays through Wednesdays. It regularly screens noir films in a dedicated room. 581 Hayes St., 415.431.6647,

Novela is a book-themed bar where classic literary references present themselves in new and intriguing ways. Enjoy original house libations and historically inspired punches. 662 Mission St., 415.896.6500,

This sports bar features San Francisco’s only waterfront Tiki bar, plus over 35 HDTVs, 200 sports channels, 85 arcade games and 15 beers on tap. The menu offers bar bitesandAmericanfare. End of Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.981.6300,

In2015, Food & Wine magazine named Rickhouse one of the best bars in the world. Dedicated to whiskeys from around the world, the bar also offers beer, wine and cocktails made from local ingredients. 246 Kearny St., 415.398.2827,

This historic bar’s motto is “Craft beer, done well.” Enjoy craft beer, wine and cider, plus pool tables; you can bring your own food and your dog. 3349 20th St., 415.506.7305,

Modeled after a pirate ship and Tiki hut and featuring a waterfall, this bar showcases more than 550 varieties of rum from around the world. 650 Gough St., 415. 869.1900,

The first and only organic brewery in San Francisco serves housemade ales that complement Spanish-inspired cuisine, with dishes served in tapas-sized portions. 661 Howard St., 415.974.0905, 

This Castro neighborhood landmark has seen the birth and growth of the gay movement through its large glass windows. 401 Castro St., 415.864.9470,

This historic North Beach dive bar, located just next door to City Lights Bookstore, used to quench the thirst of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. 255 Columbus Ave., 415.362.3370,

Featuring the largest gin selection in North America, Whitechapel’s cocktail menu celebrates the history and traditions of this versatile spirit. The limited food offerings include vegan options. 600 Polk St., 414.292.5800,

Yield specializes in sustainable vintage practices. The menu, which rotates monthly, consists entirely of “green” wines. 2490 3rd St., 415.401.8984,


Offering classical and contemporary theater productions, the A.C.T. is a large, highly respected nonprofit theater company. The Geary Theater: 405 Geary St., 415.749.2228; The Strand Theater: 1127 Market St,

Formerly SHN, this theatrical entertainment company operates the Orpheum and Golden Gate theaters. 1192 Market St., 888.746.1799,

Classic 1922 theater that hosts national productions of Broadway hits. The venue has been modified for the current run of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which runs now through Aug. 2. 445 Geary St., 415.358.1220,

New Conservatory Theatre Center has been San Francisco’s premier LGBTQIA and allied performing artsinstitutionsince1981. 25 Van Ness Ave., 415.861.8972,

America’s oldest professional ballet company and one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States performed one of the first American productions of both Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.861.5600, tickets: 415.865.2000,

This theatrical experience retells the city’s Barbary Coast and Gold Rush-era history through actors and special effects. Open Thursday through Monday. 145 Jefferson St.,

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is an international standard bearer for a mix of extraordinary musical excellence and mission-driven activism and is an icon among LGBT organizations. 170Valencia St., 415.865.3650,

Located in the War Memorial Opera House since 1932, this is the second-largest opera company in North America. It brings exciting performances to the stage each season. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.3330,

Founded in 1911, the symphony is widely considered to be among the country’s most artistically adventurous art institutions, well known for its conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.6000,

This is the first stand-alone performance venue built specifically for jazz in America. The 35,000-square-foot building seats 700 people and boasts the acoustic qualities of a concert hall with the intimacy of a jazz club. 201 Franklin St., 866.920.5299,


This pirate supply store serves as a front for a nonprofit dedicated to supporting students’ writing skills. You can buy message bottles and spy glasses. 826 Valencia St., 415.642.5905,

This shoe company offers classic men’s footwear that represents New England’s tradition of custom boot-making at its finest. Find a complete line of shoes made with premium calfskins, luxurious suedes and genuine shell cordovan. 170 Sutter St., 415.421.6691,

Find toys ranging from science-themed to traditional old world toys, books, arts and crafts, collectibles and puppets. 186 W. Portal Ave., 415.759. TOYS; 2 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, 415.345.TOYS,

This institution has one of the largest selections of CDs, DVDs, videos, vinyl records, enamel pins, turntables, stickers and vintage rock posters anywhere. It also hosts live music performances that range in genre and are all-ages. 1855 Haight St., 415.831.1200; 2455 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510.549.1125,

This dispensary emphasizes education and customer service for seniors, first-time visitors and patients with serious medical conditions. Flow Kana products are available here. 2029 Market St., 415.500.2620; 2414 Lombard St., 415.408.6986; 527 Howard St., 415.741.0741,

This eco-fashion brand plants a tree for every purchase. This company has set a new standard for socially responsible clothing.
437 Hayes St., 415.800.8576; 2110 Chestnut St., 415.654.5385; 1840 4th St., Berkeley, 510.898.1870,

The modern items at this store are designed by architects and industrial designers. Most of the sleek pieces are imported from Denmark, Germany, France and Italy. 2149B Union St., 415.441.9220,

This youthful, trendy boutique offers designs for men and women by the likes of Alexander Wang, A.P.C. and Richer Poorer, as well as an impressive inventory of denim. 411 Hayes St., 415.861.9888; 956 Valencia St., 415.682.6988,

The secret of Biordi’s success is to maintain a clientele with taste and a fond appreciation for Italian Renaissance-style majolica: exquisite objets d’art, hand-painted dinnerware and much more. 412 Columbus Ave., 415.392.8096,

This is the second largest Bloomingdale’s store in the country, offering the latest fashions for women, men and kids, plus home decor. 845 Market St.,415.856.5300,

Cable Car offers classic British-made menswear, plus robes, boxer shorts, hats and scarves. Don’t miss the barbershop.
110 Sutter St., 415.397.4740,

This company’s mission was simple: create bags that are practical and functional. Street-tested by professional messengers and urban commuters, Chrome makes bags, footwear and apparel that adapt to unpredictability. 962 Valencia St., 415.874.9232,

Co-founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, this independent book store and publishing house has been a hub for writers and artists since the Beat era. 261 Columbus Ave., 415.362.8193,

One of the oldest businesses in the heart of the Castro is a traditional variety store (hardware plus all manner of home necessities), but with some decidedly non-traditional goods, especially around holidays and Pride month. The annex next door is full of costumes, crafts, housewares and novelties. 479 Castro St., 415.212.8400,

Cuyana (“to love” in Quechua) creates premium apparel and accessories, designed with a classic, modern aesthetic, sourced from the world’s highest- quality materials and crafted to last. 291 Geary St., Second Floor, 415.445.3001,

Dandelion is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory that only uses two ingredients, beans and sugar, and is meticulously sourced.
740 Valencia St.; 1 Ferry Building; 2600 16th St., 415.349.0942,

The office towers known as 1, 2, 3 and 4 Embarcadero house more than 70 retailers, 50 restaurants and a movie the- after. Sacramento and Davis streets, 415.772.0700,

Located at the foot of Market Street, this marketplace is home to abundant food shops, ceramics, gardening supplies and skincare. 1 Ferry Building,

If you tend to shy away from going to a physical dispensary, Ganja Goddess is the perfect solution, offering deliveries of curated cannabis products ranging from edibles to concen- trates to tinctures. Free ship- ping on orders over $75; most deliveries arrive within one businessday. 855.426.5246,

Hip European fashion oasis featuring cool clothing with a rock-star twist. 3687 Sacramento St., 415.928.3615

Retail giants like Nordstrom and Macy’s anchor this large shopping center approximately 20 miles south of the city, which also features about 120 more specialty shops to boot. 6031st Ave., San Mateo, 650.571.1029,

Find fine jewels from every important design period, as well as estate diamond engagement rings, at this quaint little shop. 309 Sutter St., 800.924.2213,

The flagship store is housed in two buildings between O’Farrell and Geary streets on either side of Stockton Street and encompasses an entire city block. 170 O’Farrell St., 415.397.3333,

This clothing company sells luxuriously soft sweatshirts, tees and scarves that are made in SanFrancisco from sustainable materials 2106 Chestnut St., 415.400.4136; 1572 California St., 415.970.5785; 498 Hayes St., 415.829.7519,

Chic, industrial storefront in the Missionwithitsownbrandof “technical lifestyle cycling bags and apparel” that is all designed and made in San Francisco. Clothing, bags and accessories are both rugged and stylish. 541 Valencia St., 415.864.7225,

This dispensary claims to be a “place where you can bring your mother” and offers three different lounges: a vaping lounge, an extracts lounge and a lounge with large booths. Flow Kana products are available here. 1276 Market St., 415.762.4255,

For the best in hand-painted needlepoint designs, visit this shop in the heart of Jackson Square. Needlepoint Inc. carries a wide assortment of original canvases, fibers and stitching accessories. 326 Jackson St., 800.345.1622,

This shopping mecca features couture and accessories departments for men and women, plus high-end lingerie and cosmetics. Enjoy a lobster club sandwich or high tea inside the Rotunda restaurant overlooking Union Square. 150 Stockton St., 415.362.3900,

Featuring new, antiquarian and collectible books by and for culinary gurus, this bookstore is a wonderland for readers interested in food and drink. 3885A Cesar Chavez St., 415.282.4712,

Michael Recchiuti’s chocolates come in unusual flavors and designs. The company has been creating hand-made chocolates for 20 years. 1 Ferry Building Marketplace, Shop 30, 415.834.9494; 801 22nd St., 415.489.2881,

When traveling through SFO, make sure to pick up your holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Find everything from local specialties to international favorites. 

One of the city’s leading purveyors of fine jewelry, watches and crystal, this San Francisco institution features an in-store Mikimoto pearl boutique, Rolex watches and more. 150 Post St., 415.421.2600; 329 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650.327.2211,

This hip children’s shop carries a variety of local brands, eco-friendly and organic items, accessories and baby essentials. 3985 24th St., 415.648.3954,

Browse more than 140 boutiques and admire the gardens and picturesque sculptures. 660StanfordShopping Center, Palo Alto, 650.617.8200,

A Valencia Street staple, this family-owned store offers men’s and women’s clothing, handmade cards, books and a large supply of novelties and oddities. A portion of profits goes to local food banks and charities. 545 Valencia St., 415.865.0981,

This boutique carries messengers, laptop bags, backpacks, luggage, totes and accessories in limited-edition designs. Customerscanchoosetheirown color combinations and play with specialty fabrics. 506 HayesSt., 415.252.9860; 587 Shotwell St., 415.321.6806,

Founded in 2004, this cannabis dispensary has been at the forefront of the industry and provides a caring and friendly service. Dogs are welcome. Flow Kana products are available here. 79 9th St., 415.626.2100,

For over 20 years, this upscale vintage shop has been San Francisco’s go-to for high-quality finds. The exquisite collection offers everything from ‘50s sundresses to ‘60s Chanel baubles to ‘70s Gucci bags. 526 Hayes St., 415.621.6259

The affordable eyeglasses retailer has limited-edition styles you can’t find anywhere else. 357 Hayes St., 415.906.5313; 216 Stockton St., 415.528.2698,

High-end boutique for men’s apparel and shoes that are a curious blend of “rugged” (including brands typically associated with construction and farming) and hipster chic. Fits in well with the evolving Hayes Valley collection of hip shops. Stylish grooming products also on the menu. 460 Gough St., 415.864.2079,

This nine-story shopping mall features Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and more than 200 shops and restaurants such as Aveda, Coach, Godiva Chocolatier, Kate Spade and Sephora. 865MarketSt., 415.512.6776,


Chase Center is an indoor arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The building is the home venue for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association and occasionally for San Francisco Dons men's basketball. 1 Warriors Way, San Francisco, 888.479.4667,

Earthquakes Stadium is a soccer stadium in San Jose, California, United States, and is the home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. The stadium is located on the Airport West site that is located to the west of San Jose International Airport. 1123 Coleman Ave, San Jose,

Levi's Stadium is an American football stadium located in Santa Clara, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has served as the home venue for the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers since 2014. 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, 415.464.9377,

Oracle Park is a baseball park located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Since 2000, it has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants, the city's Major League Baseball franchise. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.,

The Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, or Oakland Coliseum for short, is a multi-purpose stadium in Oakland, which is home to the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland,

The SAP Center at San Jose is an indoor arena located in San Jose, California. Its primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, for which the arena has earned the nickname “The Shark Tank.” It is also home to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. 525 W Santa Clara St., San Jose, 408.287.7070, 


This cultural, historical and culinary walking tour of Chinatown includes a look into architectural history, an herbal pharmacy and a fortune cookie factory. Tours depart from Old St. Mary’s Cathedral at 660 California St., 415.982.8839,

Visit some of the city’s best eateries and bars and take in the sights as your guide shares engaging historical anecdotes. 415.355.4044,

The Barbary Coast Trail is a 3.8-mile walk through the heart of historic San Francisco and leads to 20 of the city’s most important historic sites. 415.537.1105,

Take a tour through San Francisco and learn about its rich history and culture aboard an open-top bus, hopping on and off at any of the 20 stops located throughout the city. 855.854.8687,

Learn about San Francisco and its role in the gay rights movement on this walking tour that explores one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ neighborhoods in the country. Tours meet at the Rainbow Flag pole near 400 Castro St., 415.550.8110,

Sign up for fully guided Segway tours of Fisherman’s Wharf and the waterfront, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown and Lombard Street. One-on-one training is provided. Participants must be over 12 years of age and weigh 100-250 pounds. 757 Beach St.; 82 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415.474.3130,

Offers more than 30 tours in the Bay Area and beyond, including Muir Woods and Sausalito, Napa and Sonoma, and Yosemite National Park. Pier 41 Marine Terminal; 478 Post St., 415.353.5310,

Learn the secrets behind the company’s famous candy on guided and self-guided tours of the candy factory. 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, 800.953.5592,

These modern-day rickshaws go where buses can’t. See the city up close on the 2.5-hour guided Ultimate SF City Tour; taste craft beer on the Craft Beer Crawl. Pickup locations: Fisherman’s Wharf on Taylor Street in front of Applebee’s, or Union Square on Post Street at side entrance for Westin St. Francis Hotel, 415.851.9190,

Guide Rick Evans leads a two-hour tour of San Francisco’s most famous downtown buildings and historic landmarks. Reservations required. Tours begin in the lobby of the Galleria Park Hotel, 191 Sutter St.; text only: 415.264.8824,

Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library, guided free tours for a range of interests, from Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco to a Golden Gate Bridgewalk. 415.557.4266,

Watch clips from dozens of movies shot in San Francisco as you pass the actual film locations on this three-hour bus tour. 888.217.1871,

Get a bird’s-eye view of the city and the bay on this flying tour, which takes passengers soaring above the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Pacific coastline. 242 Redwood Highway Frontage Road, Mill Valley, 415.332.4843,

Get in a workout and take advantage of San Francisco’s great hiking in city limits. Trek hills, stairways and trails and take in incredible views. 415.669.4453,

Wine Country

Founded by a Catalan family that has been handcrafting wines since the 16th century, this Carneros winery focuses on producing small, ultra-premium lots. 1345 Henry Road, Napa, 707.224.1668,

Specializing in estate-grown cabernet sauvignon and merlot wines, this winery also produces award-winning olive oils and vinegars. Tastings open to the public; tours by appointment. 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen, 707.938.4064,

A stretch of renovated warehouses is home to some of the best local food producers, winemakers, brewers and artisans. 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol, 707.824.5600,

This over-100-year-old winery is the production site for the flagship cabernet sauvignon. A French winemaker founded Beaulieu to produce wine that rivals France’s. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.257.5749,

Beringer is known for its cabernet sauvignons and bold, oaky chardonnays. 2000 Main St., St. Helena, 707.257.5771,

Bin 415 offers excursions hosted by a certified sommelier to wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Bin 415 also offers tours throughout San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods and the Pacific Coast Highway. 415.851.5711,

This California Historic Landmark (founded in 1857) offers world-class cabernets, pinot noirs, char- donnays and zinfandels. Tasting room open seven days a week, year-round. 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, 800.926.1266,

A Napa Green Certified Winery since 2008, this winery is an enthusiastic advocate of pairing food with wine. Cakebread cabernets and chardonnays are well-known and delicious. 8300 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 800.588.0298,

Visit this 13th-century Tuscan-style castle that took 15 years to build. Find an award-winning collection of wines, including san- giovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. 4045 St. Helena Hwy. N., Calistoga, 707.967.6272,

Since its opening in 1861, Charles Krug winery has produced award-winning estate-grown cabernets and renowned sauvignon blanc. Tasting room open daily. 2800 Main St., St. Helena, 800.682.5784,

The Charter Oak is centered on a celebratory, family-style dining experience, with simple, approachable and seasonal food–grilled meats, beautiful vegetables from our farm, local wines and unparalleled cocktails.

This Napa winery’s chardonnay earned international recognition at the 1976 Tasting of Paris when it won best white wine in the world, and the winery still produces great wines. Visit the tasting room in the Westin St. Francis hotel. 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, 707.942.5105,

The Culinary Institute of America at Copia offers cooking classes and a store of kitchen goods. The Restaurant at CIA Copia offers Mediterranean-inspired California cuisine and an extensive wine list. 500 1st St., Napa, 707.967.2500,

This small-production winery produces Rhone varietals and zinfandel from some of the oldest vines in California. The 1850s farmhouse is surrounded by warm mineral springs and dozens of rosebushes. 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 800.546.2070,

Chardonnay, cabernet and merlot are the most popular selections at this large Alexander Valley winery. A scenic picnic area overlooks rolling vineyards. Tastings and tours are open to the public. 19410 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville, 800.222.3189,

Champagne’s famed Tattinger family founded this winery. The Le Reve sparkling wine is compared to the top cuvées from Champagne, while the chardonnays and pinot noirs hold their own, too. 1240 Duhig Road, Napa, 800.716.2788,

Dry Creek Vineyard was the first winery to reopen in the Dry Creek Valley after Prohibition. The flagship varietal is fumé blanc, and signature wines include chenin blanc, chardonnay, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon. 3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg, 707.433.1000,

The winery so committed to quality that it only produces one chardonnay and one cabernet sauvignon each year is open to the public. Tours and tastings by appointment. The gardens are famous for their azaleas. 1350 Acacia Drive, Oakview, 707.944.2861,

At this winery in the heart of picturesque Alexander Valley, sip from more than 40 wines produced on-site and eat authentic, Neapolitan- style pizzas and South American wood-grilled meats. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, 707.857.1471,

The French Laundry, a 1,600 square-foot structure constructed of river rock and timbers, was built as a saloon in 1900 by a Scottish stonemason. The French Laundry has received numerous honors and accolades over the past twenty five years.

Gloria Ferrer produces some of California’s best sparkling wines, as well as estate varietal pinot noir and chardonnay. Guided winery tours include tastes of three sparkling and one estate varietal wine. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma, 866.845.6742,

J Vineyards produces a vintage brut, plus a selection of still wines (notably pinot noir) from its Russian River Valley vineyards. 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg, 888.594.6326,

Kenzo Estate is Napa’s only winery with a tasting menu from famed chef Thomas Keller. The winery produces beautiful varieties of cabernet sauvignon. Tours and tastings by appointment. 3200 Monticello Road, Napa, 877.977.7704,

The family’s scenic 1,850-acre sustainably farmed estate has been managed by five generations since 1904. The winery specializes in chardonnay, cabernet, sauvignon blanc and merlot. 9825 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, 707.833.5501,

For 85 years, Louis M. Martini Winery has embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Eddy carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of cabernet sauvignon wines. 254 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena, 707.968.3362,

Napa Cellars’ tasting room pours varietals from three sister wineries: Napa Cellars, Folie à Deux and Ménage à Trois. Relax on the winery’s patio, bring a picnic and enjoy one of the award-winning varietals. 7481 St. Helena Hwy. S., Oakville, 800.535.6400,

Passengers sip select Napa Valley wines and indulge in gourmet cuisine as they ride past vineyards on these three-hour lunch and dinner tours aboard Pullman coaches. Reservations recommended. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, 800.427.4124, 707.253.2111,

A joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi led to the creation of Opus One, the highly prized, limited-edition wine blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, cabernet franc, merlot and malbec. 7900 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville, 707.944.9442,

Visit this gourmet mall for the freshest local ingredients and order from the independent eateries offering elevated takes on pizza, burgers and tacos. 610 & 6441st St., Napa, 707.226.6529,

Geologists call this one of the finest examples of a Pliocene fossil forest in the world. Author Robert Louis Stevenson even wrote about it in his book Silverado Squatters. 4100 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga, 707.942.6667,

The winery is best known for its highly rated cabernet sauvignons. The winery helped pioneer the use of screw caps on wine bottles. 620 Oakville Cross Road, Napa, 707.945.1220,

The Prisoner Wine Company, known for its thought-provoking label designs, has a tasting lounge that creates an experience free from the traditional pomp and circumstance of wine tasting. 1178 Galleron Road, St. Helena, 877.283.5934,

This winery is a Napa Green Certified Winery and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. A full selection of Mondavi wines is available for tasting in the Vineyard room, while the To Kalon room pours reserves and limited-production wines. Reservations strongly recommended. 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville, 888.766.6328,

Founder Koerner Rombauer’s great-aunt was Irma Rombauer, author of The Joy of Cooking. This small-production winery produces ultra-premium chardonnays, cabernet sauvignons, zinfandels and merlots. Tastings by appointment. 3522 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena, 866.280.2582,

Zinfandel reigns at this winery, which has produced over 50 zinfandels that have earned 90 points or more from Wine Spectator. 10 Clay St., Oakland, 877.478.9467,

This estate has a 100-year-old olive grove and focuses on sustainability in the production of its wines. 1680 Silverado Trail S., St. Helena, 707.968.3200,

This winery’s pinot noir is internationally acclaimed. Tours by appointment. Winery: 602 Bonneau Road, Sonoma, 707.939.9363; tasting room: 452 1st St. E., Sonoma, 707.343.1255,

Scribe Winery is a photographer’s dream, with sun-dappled hills and wildflowers. The wine, made with wild yeasts, is solid and includes varietals like riesling, chardonnay, syrah and pinot noir. 2100 Denmark St., Sonoma, 707.939.1858,

One of Northern California’s oldest winemaking families—the first vineyard was cleared in 1825—produces a broad range of wine with grapes from seven Sonoma regions. 389 4th St. E., Sonoma, 707.933.3230,

This long-standing Italian family winery (2015 marked its 120th anniversary in Sonoma County) produces top-notch zinfandel and sangiovese on 400 acres. 700 Grove St., Healdsburg, 707.433.3579,

Family-owned and sustainably farmed, this winery offers an art gallery, scenic grounds, tours and hands-on interactive wine experiences such as creating your own white wine blend. 8440 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.4507,

Best known for its estate cabernet sauvignons, this Napa Valley first-growth estate gained recognition in 1976, when its SLV Cabernet Sauvignon was judged the best red wine in the world at the Paris Tasting. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.944.2020,

Not to be confused with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, this winery produces Rhône varietals and cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and merlot. Open by appointment only. 6150 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.257.5790,

Take in panoramic views of Napa Valley on an aerial tram ride to this winery, which was modeled after the Greek Island Mykonos. The winery tower houses bells from London’s Church of St. Dunstan’s-in-the-East. 1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga, 800.726.6136,

Sutter Home Winery is one of the largest independent, family-owned wineries in the country. Sutter is known for creating white zinfandel, and its portfolio features 20 different varietals. 277 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena, 707.963.3104,

Trinchero Napa Valley was founded by esteemed Napa Valley vintners since 1948. Each wine is crafted with hand-selected estate-grown fruit. The state-of-the-art facility and picturesque estate offers visitors a modern, luxurious experience that evokes the family’s unique legacy. 3070 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, 707.963.1160,

This Wine Country destination is home to several boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and gift shops where you can find gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing and home accessories. 6525 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.2451,

The country’s oldest continuously operating family-owned winery offers wine tastings, vineyard and garden tours, workshops, an upscale restaurant and a scenic 18-holegolfcourse. 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore, 925.456.2405,