The Unofficial Guide
to San Francisco Tourism
...insider tips from a local


San Francisco has a mystique all its own. The pretty Victorians climbing its steep hills, the clang of the cable cars, the fresh sea air and the swirling fog...there's magic afoot!

I live in San Francisco - I've been here over 20 years, and was born just across the Bay - but the City still casts its spell over me.

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Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point

I want you to enjoy it as much as I do, hence this guide. I'll tell you what it's really like, unlike the usual tourist websites.

  • Candid reviews of the popular attractions.
  • Insider tips on what to see and do (or not do!).
  • How to get discounts on popular tours.
  • Where the locals go: our favorite haunts.

Browse through the site to get some ideas for fun things to do in San Francisco. First-timers, repeat visitors, and local Bay Area folks, welcome!

Popular SF Attractions


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Pier 39

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Alcatraz

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Academy of Sciences

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Fisherman's Wharf

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california academy of sciences
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Pier 39 Alcatraz Science Museum The Wharf

Things to Do in SF


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SF Bay Cruises

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Twin Peaks View

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SF Beaches

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Lands End Hike

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Bay Cruises Twin Peaks Beaches Lands End

Golden Gate Park Attractions


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Stow Lake

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de Young Museum

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Conservatory of Flowers

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Japanese Tea Garden

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Stow Lake de Young Museum Hall of Flowers Tea Garden

When I travel, I love to get suggestions from the people who actually live there. And now you know someone in San Francisco!

Take a look and get recommendations for:

  • Fun things to do in the city.
  • Great restaurants, where the locals eat.
  • Attractive (and safe) places to stay.
  • Interesting sights, off the beaten track.
  • Tourist attractions that are really worth seeing.
  • Ideas for day trips out of SF.

Come and join us... Sit in a cosy San Francisco cafe, order an Irish coffee, and listen to the foghorns while the mist gathers outside.

Wander the streets where Sam Spade, Janis Joplin and the Beat Generation hung out.

Go off the beaten track... See some sights that most visitors don't see, like the haunting ruins of the Sutro Baths.

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The Sutro Baths

Ready to explore San Francisco like a local? Take a look through the site and see what sparks an interest.

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San Francisco native
...after a long day of sightseeing



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