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Confined by bay and sea to just 47 miles of extremely coveted real estate, San Francisco features amazingly dense concentration of unique cultural attractions, incredible architecture and delicious food as well as busy urban life.

There are few places in the whole America where you can find plenty of what to do, to see, eat and enjoy within such a condensed and easily walkable radius. Actually, San Francisco can be one big beautiful walking tour, full of delightful wonders and secrets.

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San Franciscans adore their city and for good reasons. If you look across dark blue water of the Pacific Ocean from the Marin Headlands, you will see first the orange towers of the landmark suspension Golden Gate Bridge, offering stunning views of the bay, headlands and the city, and then the sparkling metropolis with its pyramid-shaped Transamerica building, giving San Francisco a mythical quality. Even the famous fog that regularly shrouds the city and adds a cooling glow is also part of San Francisco’s charm.

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Have a stroll in the AT&T Park where the kids can marvel the statue of the greatest living ballplayer in America – Willie Mays – and then go to a game at perhaps the most scenic ballpark in the land.

One of the top attractions of San Francisco bay area is Exploratorium, where you can probe the unseen world of the Tactile Dome, or demystify the working of thinking feeling at its new Mind collection.

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Poke around the historic waterfront of Fisherman’s Wharf, toss some bread to the gulls, or watch the fishing fleet unload the catch. At Fisherman’s Wharf, you will find specialty restaurants, unique shops and entertainment for the whole family. San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf features plenty of unique, interesting and fun attractions that can only be found in the legendary City by the Bay. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy. You can see the world famous sea lions at Pier 39, or visit the Maritime Museum, take a stroll through Aquatic Park and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

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The early bird gets the fresh catch of the day is very true at Fisherman's Wharf. Go to Fish Alley at the crack of dawn and check out the freshest seafood as it literally is transported from the fishing boats to vendors and wholesalers at throughout the Wharf.

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Amusing America tells the story of participatory commercial amusements in American cities, and San Francisco in particular, and how they have changed American life. This free attraction at Fisherman’s Wharf offers a roller coaster ride into history. From the Gilded Age of the 1800’s and ’90s to World War II new entertainment like world’s fairs, amusement parks, Ferris wheels, dance pavilions, arcades and swimming baths changed the way Americans lived. The Musee Mechanique is one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines, featuring everything from turn of the century hand-cranked music boxes to modern video arcade games. Amusing America is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Musee Mechanique is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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With 300 ft. of crystal clear underwater tunnels filled with sharks, rays, jelly fish and more than 20,000 other aquatic creatures, San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay features three touch pools inviting visitors to touch sharks, rays and sea stars. Its fascinating displays showcase the rich aquatic life that lies below the surface of the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding waters. Everyday is filled with exciting special events – from shark feedings to story hours to nature talks. Both entertaining and educational, Aquarium of the Bay provides a unique window to the diverse ecosystems of the Bay.

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Learn more about the rich history of Boudin and San Francisco at the Boudin Museum & Bakery Tour offering you to witness history in the baking. Stroll through great collection of historic and interactive exhibits as you observe the bakery in action from the museum’s floor-to-ceiling window walls and glass-walled catwalk.

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For adrenaline pumping fun, come try Frequent Flyers, a fun-filled bungee trampoline for all ages. Participants can safely jump up to 20 feet in the air and try their hand at some aerial acrobatics. The only restriction is that jumpers must be at least 30 pounds and under 230 pounds.

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At the west end of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is the National Park featuring the fleet of national historic landmark vessels at Hyde Street Pier, a free visitor center, a free maritime museum, and a library and research facility. The Park offers educational, music and craft programs for all ages, and provides unique opportunities for learning more about the nation's maritime heritage. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, waysides, videos and tours, offering breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.

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At Fisherman’s Wharf you can also have great fun in Riptide Arcade which is the largest games arcade in San Francisco. This is an action-packed family entertainment center featuring over 100 of the latest cutting-edge video games, virtual reality units, popular novelty games and such traditional favorites as an old-west style shooting gallery.

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The award-winning prize redemption center is full with great incentive prizes to satisfy all ages. No matter what skill level you are, there is fun for everyone at Riptide Arcade.

Have a ride at the San Francisco Carousel, handcrafted in Italy. This intricately hand-painted carousel depicts famous San Francisco landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Alcatraz and the popular California sea lions at Pier 39. It is the only carousel in the country that has artistic renderings of its home city. Eighteen hundred twinkling lights illuminate the carousel featuring classic moving horses, rocking chariots, spinning tubs and swings. Throughout the ride, visitors can hear traditional organ music and see Pier 39’s bustling promenade.

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You can also watch the sea lions camped out in Pier 39's West Marina. These "Sea Lebrities" started arriving in droves, taking over the docks in January 1990 shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. At first they numbered from 10-50, but due to a plentiful herring supply, available dock space and the marina’s protected environment, the population grew to more than 300 within a few months.

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Each winter, the population can increase up to 900 sea lions, most of which are male. During the summer months, the sea lions migrate South to the Channel Islands for breeding season, but in recent years a small group stays year-round at Pier 39's K-Dock.

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With special attention given to the artistic lighting, realistic props and backdrops, the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf features more than 240 life-like wax personalities in 50 all new scenes, many of which are enhanced with informative narrations. Guests can wander through the Hall of Religion, Chamber of Horrors, King Tut’s Tomb, Palace of Living Art, Gallery of Stars and much, much more.

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Sports Heroes, Royalty, Master Artisans, United States Presidents, Pulitzer Prize winning Scientists and Humanitarians offer something of interest and enjoyment for everyone. Open 365 days a year, the museum shares its newly constructed 100,000 square foot building with other exciting retail venues, such as Rainforest Cafe, Inc., A Wild Place To Eat And Shop.

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Open for visitors daily at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is USS Pampanito, a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial. Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II during which she sank six Japanese ships and damaged four others.

No trip to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is complete without a trip to Alcatraz Island. From the many vantage points along the piers at the Wharf, you’ll be able to see some remarkable views of this 22 acre island. So get your camera and be prepared to shoot some great photos.

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Alcatraz Island is one of the most popular attractions of San Francisco and tours frequently sell out a week or more in advance. Tickets are rarely available for same-day sailings, so plan ahead!

You can stay on Alcatraz as long as you like before it closes for the evening, but allow at least 2 ½ hours for sailing to the island, taking the cell house audio tour, exploring the rest of the island and its historic exhibits, and returning to the mainland.

The weather on Alcatraz is unpredictable and liable to change unexpectedly, so be prepared by bringing along a light jacket or sweater no matter how nice the day may start out. Much of Alcatraz is steep and hilly. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for walking long distances uphill.

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It is hard to find a better way to indulge the metropolitan culture of the city of San Francisco than walk along Union Square, with its high-end shops and notorious late-19th century red-light district. The center of the square is a welcoming courtyard with terraced grass areas, sculpture and the view of surrounding shops such as Victoria’s Secret, Tiffany & Co, Disney Store, Macy’s and others, as well as plenty of spots for sitting, sunning and just speculating. Here you can catch a bird-eye view from a high-rise and see the effect that the devastating earthquake of 1906 had on some of the most famous downtown landmarks of the city.

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You can spend an exotic afternoon within the maze of the small, but always crowded streets of Chinatown, where you can taste delicacies you can’t pronounce, rub shoulders with locals in herb and tea shops and step on the very spot where the American flag was raised and the golden rush began.

Step into a shimmery blue tilted cube of Contemporary Jewish Museum designed by edgy architect Daniel Libeskind. In its new home the museum displays Jewish art, culture and history.

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Across the bay, Oakland and the university community of Berkeley feature neighborhoods with the profusion of boutiques, coffee shops, art galleries and ethnic restaurants. Just 12 miles from San Francisco, Berkeley offers unique shopping areas, trend-setting restaurants as well as world-renowned cultural and performing arts. You can also visit art galleries and studious, museums, botanical and rose gardens. Experience rich architectural heritage of Berkeley and tour the famous UC Berkeley campus. Trace backstory of California in the History Gallery of Oakland Museum of California which is set to reopen after major renovation.

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Some of the most famous wineries of California are located on the North, including Robert Mondavi, Beauleiu and Stag’s Leap. Napa Valley Wineries Wine Caves are worth visiting. You will have to go underground and get into more than a dozen wine-aging caves, some dug by hand in the late 1800s. Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa will offer you an incredible fantasy of food with its nearly 20 restaurants and purveyors, all under one roof.

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Close to Napa is Vallejo, with a small-town atmosphere and wonderfully diverse attractions. Experience unique attractions, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, excellent shopping and a variety of accommodations to make your Vallejo visit a one-of-a kind memory. It is home to some of Northern California's best golf courses. Vallejo is the perfect choice for a getaway weekend, too.

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From Shouka, the beautiful killer whale to Medusa, a fast, fearless world-class roller coaster to a well-known "wascally rabbit", Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has unveiled plans to create Odin’s Temple of the Tiger - an exciting new exhibit that will showcase the park’s 11 tigers including Odin, the internationally-acclaimed white Bengal tiger and two recently acquired tiger cubs. The attraction is scheduled to open in spring 2009 in the park’s LAND area.

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Odin’s Temple of the Tiger will be housed in the former Jungle Theater which was redesigned to create a more expansive area for the cats with improved arena seating to enhance guest observation. The central point of the stage will be a pool with an underwater viewing window offering a unique platform to observe the tigers submerged in water. Multiple shows will take place each day and during off-show hours the theater will serve as an outdoor exhibit for all the park’s tigers. This exciting new attraction will demonstrate tigers’ natural behaviors and highlight their affinity for water and agility on land.

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At the opposite end of the region you will find Silicon Valley which is home to Hewlett-Packard, Apple and Goggle, as well as a plethora of museums, shopping centers and curiosities like the Winchester Mystery House.

In Santa Clara immerse yourself in a digital world at the Intel Museum, where you can discover the transforming role of Intel Silicon technology in a changing world. This is where you can enjoy California’s Great America theme park, the best choice for family fun and exciting thrills. From Nikelodeon characters to a complete water park, there is fun for all.

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Famous for its boardwalk roller coaster, amazingly beautiful beaches with big waves, the laid-back Santa Cruz is farther South. Here you can board the Giant Dipper wooden coaster, toss the ring from the back of the carousel hoarse, play mini golf or laser tag – all at Boardwalk, which is a great ride.