San Francisco Living - Places - San Francisco, California, USA

The San Francisco area has many sites, entertainment venues, museums, and other places with Web sites
  • Sites: Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, and neighborhoods; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Dining, Housing; see Activities for cultural centers; see Local Government for comprehensive lists of local government entities in San Francisco and region
    • Album: SF Album; a small collection of images of San Francisco
    • Alcatraz: Alcatraz Island; visit "The Rock" and see how prisoners were once held here; part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; National Parks Service
    • Angel Island: Angel Island State Park; 300 hectare island in San Francisco Bay; hiking, biking, camping, boating
    • Botanical: San Francisco Botanical Gardens; 22 hectares of landscaped gardens; 7500 varieties of plants from around the world
    • Buildings: Architecture of San Francisco; shows off notable architectural landmarks; section of Great Buildings Online, presented by Architecture Week Magazine
    • Cannery: Stores, restaurants and entertainment
    • Castro: The Castro; neighborhood west of downtown known for its gay and lesbian community; bordered by the Haight, Fillmore, Noe Valley, the Mission, and Diamond Heights
    • Chinatown: San Francisco Chinatown
    • City Hall: San Francisco City Hall; information about visiting as well as government information
    • Cliff House: Restaurants, shopping; on the west end of San Francisco on Point Lobos
    • Cole Valley: Neighborhood in SF
    • Crissy Field: National parkland, Golden Gate National Parks; 40 hectares of meadow and marsh by the Presidio
    • Downtown: San Francisco Downtown Magazine; events, businesses and attractions of downtown
    • Districts: San Francisco neighborhood associations and councils
    • Embarcadero Ctr: Multi-use retail and office complex
    • Fillmore St: Information about the Fillmore neighborhood
    • Fisherman's Wharf: Fisherman's Wharf Merchant's Association; popular tourist spot for restaurants, attractions, and the historic waterfront
    • Flower Mart: San Francisco Wholesale Flower Mart
    • Fort Mason: Fort Mason Center; in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in the piers and buildings of Lower Fort Mason; offers activities in visual and performing arts, humanities, education, ecology, and recreation; houses nonprofit organizations
    • Fort Point NHS: Fort Point National Historic Site; in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, located in Presidio of San Francisco; National Parks Service
    • Geary Blvd: Geary Boulevard Merchants Association
    • Ghirardelli Sq: Historic San Francisco shopping area; waterfront dining; near Fisherman's Wharf; art galleries
    • Golden Gate Bridge: Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
    • Golden Gate NRA: Golden Gate National Recreation Area; 30,500 hectare park--about two and one-half times the land area of San Francisco itself; park includes Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, Fort Funston, Fort Mason, Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and the Presidio of San Francisco; National Parks Service
    • Gulf of Farallones: Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary; 3,250 square kilometers of water area off the northern and central California coast; National Ocean Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
    • Haight St: Haight Street; the legendary street that played a role in counterculture of the 1960's, now frequented by tourists, yuppies, and panhandlers
    • Japan Town: Nihonmachi; west of Union Square; part of Western Addition; established 1855
    • Liberty Ship: National Liberty Ship Memorial S. S. Jeremiah O'Brien; US ship used in the liberation of Europe in 1944; Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf
    • Library: San Francisco Public Library
    • Libraries List: List of area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
    • Maritime NHP: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; park includes the fleet of national historic landmark vessels at Hyde Street Pier, a maritime museum, and a maritime library; National Park Service
    • Metreon: Downtown entertainment complex; shopping, dining, theaters, events; Sony
    • Mission: Mission District guide; events, galleries, theaters, housing
    • Mission Dolores: Basilica; founded 1776 as La Misión de Nuestro Padre San Francisco de Asís; National Historic Landmark
    • Neighborhood Guides: City Guides; trained volunteers who share the fun of discovering San Francisco and its neighborhoods
    • Neighborhood Tours: Tourism guide; presents detailed looks at San Francisco neighborhoods including images and links to further information
    • Neighborhood Link: Neighborhood Link; neighborhood and nonprofit group information
    • North Beach: "Little Italy"; neighborhood north of downtown, historically settled by Italian-Americans and populated by the Beats (1950's writers); now supporting a wide range of people, businesses, cafes and restaurants
    • Parking-Spot Hero: Parking spots around town; rent by the day or longer
    • Pier 39: Entertainment complex; dining, shopping, entertainment at Fisherman's Wharf
    • Presido: Presidio of San Francisco; in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; former military post under Spain, Mexico, and the United States; National Parks Service
    • Skyscrapers: Skyscrapers of San Francisco; shows information about SF's office and other buildings
    • Sports Hall: Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame
    • Transamerica Pyramid: Financial District skyscraper
    • Union Sq: Union Square Shopping District
    • Union St: Union Street; shops, restaurants and points of interest near the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Visitors: San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau; guides and tourist information
    • Zoo: San Francisco Zoo
  • Housing: Find a place to stay for a couple nights or a lifetime
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    • B&B's: Bed & Breakfast San Francisco; room and breakfast accommodations at Northern California locations
    • Boat & Bed: Dockside Boat & Bed; sleep on a boat
    • Homefinder: Bay Area real estate
    • Homestay: Temporary housing; for international students, interns, and visiting professionals
    • Hotel Reservations: San Francisco and Silicon Valley hotel information and reservations
    • Tenants: San Francisco Tenants Union; tenants and renters' rights
    • -USA Housing-: National lodging and housing directories; there are national directories you can use to locate area lodging, housing, and real estate
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in San Francisco
    • Eat24Hours: online meal and food order processing; service for local restaurants, merchants and the public
    • Menupix: Restaurants with menus in San Francisco; browse restaurants by area, neighborhood, cuisine, delivery, etc.
    • -USA Dining-: National Dining directories; you can use this link to locate restaurants in the area that may not be listed in the local guides
  • Venues: Places for performances, concerts, athletics, conventions, tradeshows, gatherings
    • ACT Th: American Conservatory Theater; opened in 1910 as the Columbia Theatre; called the Geary Theater until 2006
    • AT&T Pk: 41,503 seat baseball stadium; home of the Giants; formerly SBC Park and Pacific Bell Park
    • Best of Broadway: Nederlander Theatres in San Francisco; Curran Theatre, Golden Gate Theatre, Orpheum Theatre
    • Bill G Civic: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium; 7,000 seats; at historic Civic Center Plaza
    • Bimbo's 365: Bimbo's 356 Club
    • Boom Boom Rm: Blues & Boogie
    • Cow Palace: Multi-event showplace; regular shows include Grand National Rodeo, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, the San Francisco Sport & Boat Show, the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, and Disney on Ice; the Cow Palace is a State agency of the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Division of Fairs and Expositions
    • Fillmore: Historic music performance theater
    • Fort Mason: Various venues for rent; Festival Pavilion, Herbst Pavilion, Cowell Theater, Southside Theater, Conference Center, Firehouse, Gatehouse, Meeting and Activity Spaces, Fleet Room, SFMoMA Artist’s Gallery
    • GreatAMH: Great American Music Hall
    • Levi's Stadium: New football stadium in Santa Clara for the San Francisco 49ers
    • Lou's Pier 47: Blues at Fisherman's Wharf
    • Masonic Ctr Nob Hill: Nob Hill Masonic Center for Events; auditorium, exhibit hall
    • Masonic Ctr Scottish: San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center; auditorium, banquet hall
    • Moscone Ctr: Meeting and exhibition facility; in the downtown district; 18.5 hectares of building area
    • SFWMPAC: San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center; includes War Memorial Opera House 3,146 seats; site covers 3 hectares in San Francisco's Civic Center Historic District; opera, symphony, modern and classical dance, theatre, recitals, plays, lectures, meetings, receptions, special screenings, and galas; facilities include Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, War Memorial Opera House, War Memorial Veterans Building, Herbst Theatre, Green Room, Harold L. Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall
    • Shoreline Amp: Shoreline Ampitheatre; 25,000 capacity; Mountain View
    • Slim's: Live music nightclub
    • Warfield: The Warfield Theatre; 2,300-seat theater; opened in 1922 2,300-seat theater; opened in 1922
  • Museums: Displays of objects; includes planned educational activities related to art, history, culture, or science
    • Art Asian: Asian Art Museum; devoted exclusively to Asian art
    • Art Camerawork: San Francisco Camerawork; photography and related media
    • Art Cartoon: Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco
    • Art DeYoung: de Young Museum;
    • Art Legion: Legion of Honor; a three-quarter-scale adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris
    • Art Mexican: Latino art throughout the Americas
    • Art SFMoMA: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    • Art SFO: San Francisco International Airport Museums
    • Art YB: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; confusing, difficult to use Web site
    • Bay Model: Bay Model Visitor Center; 6,000-square meter operational model of San Francisco Bay and Delta; San Fransisco Bay ecology, history and culture
    • Cable Car: San Francisco Cable Car Museum; shows off the history of the cable car and an operating power house
    • Cal Academy: California Academy of Sciences; natural history museum
    • Children's BADM: Bay Area Discovery Museum; just north of the Golden Gate Bridge
    • City: Museum of the City of San Francisco
    • Exploratorium: museum of science, art and human perception
    • Fire: San Francisco Fire Museum; displays of equipment and articles that tell the story of fire fighting in San Francisco
    • History: San Francisco Museum and Historical Society; presents the natural and human history of San Francisco; formed in February 2002 following the merger of the San Francisco Historical Society and the Museum of the City of San Francisco
    • Italian American: Museo ItaloAmericano; Italian and Italian-American art and culture
    • Jewish/CJM: Contemporary Jewish Museum; a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present artistic exhibitions
    • Magnes: Judah L. Magnes Museum; art reflecting the Jewish experience throughout history
    • Meandra: San Francisco Design Museum; creative efforts of the artists, designers, and inventors; in the Metreon entertainment complex
    • Maritime: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Association; USS Pampanito submarine museum & memorial at Fisherman's Wharf
    • MoAD: Museum of the African Diaspora; African Diaspora is "the scattering of people from Africa and the sowing of their cultures globally;" museum presents exhibits on the themes of origins, movement, adaptation, and transformation
    • Performing Arts: San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum
    • Pez: Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia; Pez dispensers and memorabilia
    • Pioneer: Society of California Pioneers and the Seymour Pioneer Museum
    • Railroad: Golden Gate Railroad Museum
    • Railway: Market Street Railway; a "museum in motion"; supports the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) in its daily operation of vintage transit vehicles including the famous cable cars (which are National Historic Landmarks) as well as the F-line vintage streetcar, tram, and trolley service
    • Randall: Arts, sciences, cultures, and environment
    • Ripley's: Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum; the strange and amazing
    • Wax: The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf; celebrities in wax
    • Wells Fargo History: Museum of Wells Fargo; San Francisco museum includes displays of a stage coach and gold dust
    • Zeum Art & Tech: "Hands-on" art and technology center; difficult to use Web site
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