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  • Rużana C
    2 contributions
    Great experience. You can read and learn about lots of things. You can walk almost everywere and see how the prisoners lived there. Before you visit this place I recommend watching the film „ Escape from Alcatraz” (1979). How to get there? The best option is to buy an online tickets because there are limited places.
    Written 6 October 2022
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  • Angela3950
    Eureka, CA1,194 contributions
    What is there left to say about this iconic hunk of girders and steel? It’s amazing and beautiful. Come see it as soon as possible!
    Written 6 October 2022
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  • rickh57
    Woodburn, OR367 contributions
    This was the location that my daughter and son-in-law selected for their wedding.

    The weather and venue were perfect.

    The grounds are beautiful, well worth a visit.
    Written 12 September 2022
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  • Balasubramanian R
    Chennai (Madras), India607 contributions
    Golden Gate Park is one of the tourist attraction in San Francisco city and situated on the western part near Pacific Ocean. It is one of the largest urban park.
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • Balasubramanian R
    Chennai (Madras), India607 contributions
    Twin Peaks are the tourist attractions spot and situated in the western part of the city San Francisco. Two peaks are adjacent to each other. One can view the entire San Francisco city from the top of peak. Few steps are to be climbed to reach the top.
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • Les Giles
    6 contributions
    Was an excellent exhibit and very informative especially Walt's family photos and history. There was also a free bus going back into town.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Plains E
    3 contributions
    You won't need to read a review to determine if this spot is worth visiting. Just look at the pictures. If you plan to walk any distance, keep in mind that some of the hills are very steep and may be overwhelming if you are not in good physical shape. Do not bother parking in the Visitor Center lot if it looks crowded. There are plenty of other spaces on the street or across the street or futher up the street.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • BigCol63
    Kingston-upon-Hull, UK516 contributions
    We took the tram from Downtown to Fisherman's Wharf and back again and it was as much fun as it looks.
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Balasubramanian R
    Chennai (Madras), India607 contributions
    Ferry building marketplace is one the centre point and land mark. Big wall clock is situated on the top and time can be viewed from long distance. Many shops are there in the building. Ferry services are available nearby.
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • Robin H
    Durham, UK3,628 contributions
    We drove down from the top of Lombard, with no wait (not sure this is always the case), which takes about a minute to zig zag your way to the bottom of the windy bit, and then we parked and walked someway up to get more of a feel. It is steep, although the path and steps are helpful, and great views from the top and the bottom. Beautiful in the August light with flowers and shrubs a-plenty. Saw one resident come out to her parked car, and made me wonder what it would me like living in the middle of such a popular tourist attraction. Loved the way everyone was having fun, and we had fun too. Cetainly worth the effort to find and enjoy this unique San Fransisco street, and it is free! So highly recommended.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Katen007
    Tampa, FL133 contributions
    The views of the bay and city are lovely. If you walk/ride there prepare for a climb. But, this is definitely the best way there. It’s part of the experience to walk up the street to get there. When there, it’s a short elevator ride to the top. Place is small, but the views are worth the effort.
    Written 19 July 2022
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  • Balasubramanian R
    Chennai (Madras), India607 contributions
    San Francisco Bay is one of the attraction in USA and it is large tidal estuary in the state of California. Bay area is dominated by the large cities and thickly populated. Many tourists spots are there and foreign travelers will enjoy the tours and the food.
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • scott r
    Silver Spring, MD612 contributions
    Impressive structure with great views and convenient to Lands End. There's some interesting art here, interspersed with I'll call avant garde period clothing 'tnterpretations' of the rooms in which they are displayed (a seperate exhibit of this artist's work, but I did not pay extra $$ to see). An entire over the top period room set piece is something to see. It's all easily navigable in under two hours, with a good variety of art - the main de Young collection is better, but this is certainly interesting. Not crowded, restful and there is a cafe.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • DiverM
    Jupiter, FL521 contributions
    I enjoyed a quick visit her for about 15 minutes. It’s free but the hours were only about 10-4. You can get a pass to ride cable cars all day for $13 which beats $8 per ride.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Shelley B
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada14 contributions
    There are many restaurants in Pier 39 and the aquarium is a great place to see animals that live in the bay. The sea lions sit on docks and you can watch them from the boardwalk.
    Written 6 October 2022
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