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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, alcatrazcruises.com

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, angelisland.org

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, aquariumofthebay.org

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, blueandgoldfleet.com

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, sfrecpark.org

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, conservatoryofflowers.org

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, parksconservancy.org

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, fishermanswharf.org

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, fortmason.org

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

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, goldengatebridge.org

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, goldengatepark.com

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, gracecathedral.org

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, jacklondonsquare.com

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, japaneseteagardensf.com

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, parksconservancy.org

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, madametussauds.com

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, missiondolores.org

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

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, nps.gov

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, oaklandzoo.org

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, palaceoffinearts.org

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, pier39.com

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, presidio.gov

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, redandwhite.com

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, sanfranciscobayboatcruise.com

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, sfbg.org

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, sfzoo.org

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, botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

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, yerbabuenagardens.com

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, winchestermysteryhouse.com

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, womensbuilding.org

Explore

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, aceparking.com

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, bart.gov

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, lyft.com

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, blazingsaddles.com

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, caltrain.com

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. citypass.com

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. clippercard.com

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, enterprise.com

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. sfport.com

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, visitmarin.org

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, sfmuni.com

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, pnf.com

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, presidio.gov

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, sausalito.org

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, sftravel.com

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, visittuolumne.com

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, visitberkeley.com