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Dive Into the Unexpected at the California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco may be known as a hotspot for dining, shopping, and entertainment, but our love for history, science, and the arts are second to none....

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Macy’s Annual Flower Show: Voyage to Oceanum Takes You on a Botanical Adventure

If spring just can’t get here fast enough, mark your calendars for Macy’s Annual Flower Show: Voyage to Oceanum, A Sea of Inspiration, March 22 through April 5....

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year in San Francisco's Chinatown

While each and every city marches to the beat of its own drum, no one puts on a New Year celebration quite like San Francisco’s Chinatown....

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Visit America's Most Notorious Prison

Your visit to San Francisco won’t be complete without making your way to America’s most notorious prison: Alcatraz....

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Take Part in Holiday Traditions at the Civic Center

This time of year ushers in endless festive fun throughout the city. Families, couples, and friends can experience the magic of the holiday season in San Francisco by checking out all of the shows, lights, eats, and more that the city has to offer. ...

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Visit Union Square to See the Official Tree Lighting Ceremony

At the first twinkle of lights in Union Square, we know the holiday season has officially arrived in San Francisco....

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Visit the Mission District Murals

Though there are so many incredible restaurants, museums, and shops to explore around the city, sometimes the best experiences are those found walking down the street....

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Catch a Ride on the City's Most Iconic Moving Landmark

There is no more famous sign of San Francisco than the city’s cable cars....

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Unwind and Enjoy a Picnic at Golden Gate Park

One of our favorite places to enjoy a lazy afternoon is at the Golden Gate Park....

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Head to the Pier for Fourth of July Fun

Head down to one of San Francisco’s most popular spots for some Fourth of July fun!...

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Join the City in Celebrating Pride

Join us and the entire city of San Francisco in celebrating Pride on June 29 and June 30....

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Hit the Ground Running at Mt. Davidson

An iconic landmark in San Francisco, Mt. Davidson will have you reaching new heights on your visit to the city....

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Get a Taste of San Francisco at the Ferry Building Marketplace

Calling all foodies! A must-stop on your visit to San Francisco is the Ferry Building Marketplace, our city’s most popular public food market....

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Tour the City During St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

With spring on the horizon comes one of San Francisco’s favorite holidays—St. Patrick’s Day!...

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Get a Taste of Chinese Culture in Chinatown

You may have visited Chinatown in various cities all over the country, but Chinatown in San Francisco is an experience unlike any other, and you won’t want to miss out!...

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Fisherman's Wharf Is a Must-See Stop in San Francisco

Lined with fresh seafood, sweet treats, and souvenir shops, Fisherman’s Wharf has become synonymous with San Francisco....

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Holiday Happenings in the City

Deck the halls and pour a cup of cheer, the month of December has so many fun, festive happenings to enjoy for the holiday season. No matter how you celebrate, we hope a few of our favorites will bring wonderful memories and magical moments to you and yours. Happy holidays!...

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Welcome the Holiday Season at Union Square

There’s no better telltale sign that the holiday season has arrived in San Francisco than the annual tree lighting in Union Square. This time-honored tradition gathers the community for the illumination of Macy’s Great tree with more than 1500 ornaments and a dazzling display of more than 30,000 lights....

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Yerba Buena Gardens: Tranquility in the Heart of the City

With the largest fountain/waterfall on the West Coast, impressive public art installations, and an abundance of refreshingly green, cool, and quiet spaces, the Yerba Buena Gardens is a city dweller's paradise. Encompassing two full blocks of public parks, it’s located between Third and Fourth Streets and Mission and Folsom Streets in downtown San Francisco....

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See the Bay in a Whole New Way at the Aquarium

One of the most iconic features of any American city, San Francisco Bay has long been associated with romance and cosmopolitan adventure, in film, TV, and books. But the Bay is more than just the breathtaking panoramic views it affords from above....

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Sustainable Living and Eating at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

At the Harbor Court Hotel, we’re dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable practices, and that’s one big reason we’re so happy to recommend the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market....

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Escape from Alcatraz

What do Al Capone, James “Whitey” Bulger, and Basil “The Owl” Banghart all have in common? If you guessed that they were all inmates at America’s most notorious prison, you’re absolutely right. ...

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San Francisco Jazzes up June with the 36th Annual SFJazz Fest

As one of the leading cosmopolitan centers of artistic innovation, San Francisco has long attracted the finest musicians from around the globe to its hallowed stages. This month the 36th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival continues that tradition with two weeks of outstanding performances that showcase the many varieties of jazz heating up nightclubs and concert halls from California to Kathmandu....

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Fort Point: A Bit of History Tucked Beneath the Golden Gate Bridge

In 1794 Spanish forces constructed the Castillo de San Joaquin, fortified with up to 13 cannons, at the southern entrance of San Francisco Bay. Though the Castillo de San Joaquin has long since fallen to rubble, a new fortress, known as Fort Point, now stands on the same site beneath a soaring arch of the Golden Gate Bridge....

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The Hidden Vine: A Dionysian Delight

St. Paul famously recommended “a little wine for thy stomach’s sake.” Now, two thousand years later and half a world away, the advice is as sound as ever. If you’re a guest of the Harbor Court, you don’t have to travel to the Loire or even Napa Valley to enjoy a fine vintage....

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San Francisco Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Home to a vibrant Irish community, San Francisco is one of the best cities in the nation to celebrate that raucous day devoted to Ireland’s patron saint. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is likely to attract more than 100,000 partiers, will kick off Saturday, March 17, at 11:30 A.M. at the corner of 2nd and Market Streets. ...

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America’s Biggest Chinese New Year Parade

The Year of the Dog is almost upon us, and in San Francisco, more than a million revelers will celebrate on Saturday, February 24, at world’s biggest, most spectacular Chinese New Year parade outside of Asia....

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A Fortnight Full of Laughter at the SF Sketchfest

January may be one of the chillier times of the year, but it’s still a comedy lover's paradise here in San Francisco at the SF Sketchfest. Now in its 17th year, this Northern California favorite offers up two weeks of side-splitting improv, sketch, stand-up, and film for your viewing pleasure....

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Illuminate San Francisco Festival of Light: A New Twist on an Old Tradition

Now that the holiday season is upon us, lighting displays seem to be going up all over the place. If you’re looking for a unique twist on this tradition nearly as old as electric lighting itself, you have to check out the Illuminate San Francisco Festival of Light....

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A Cinephile’s Paradise

During the month of November, San Francisco is a cinephile’s paradise. Check out these upcoming festivals for your viewing pleasure....

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Beer, Bratwurst, and Belly Laughs at San Francisco’s SoMa StrEat Food Park

As Autumn gently flecks its orange and yellow hues on the leaves of the Bay Area, the distinct simmer of bratwurst and sausage has also tinged the air. This combination can only mean one thing: it’s time again for Oktoberfest....

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Get a Cool New View of San Francisco Bay at the Bay Area's Premier Aquarium

One of the great treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area scientific community, the Aquarium of the Bay affords visitors the opportunity to get up close to the fascinating and awe-inspiring marine life that make the Bay Area such a vibrant and unique aquatic ecosystem....

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Sample NoCal's Freshest Organic Produce at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

San Francisco has long been at the forefront of innovation, and that means creating environmentally sustainable ways to live and play in our beautiful, historic city. That’s why we’re proud to recommend the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, a pioneer of California’s best sustainable farming practices for over 20 years. ...

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Alcatraz: America's Most Notorious Prison

With the exception of the Golden Gate Bridge, no San Francisco landmark is as famous (or infamous) as Alcatraz Island, a name that has become synonymous with maximum security. ...

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The San Francisco Jazz Festival

San Francisco jazzes up June with the 35th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival from June 6th through the 18th: thirteen days, five venues, dozens of concerts, all located in the Hayes Valley....

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Fort Point: A Piece of American & Hollywood History

At the southern entrance to San Francisco Bay, tucked beneath an arch of the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll find Fort Point, an intriguing bit of American history you might otherwise have overlooked....

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Wine Country Comes to San Francisco

California is America’s wine country, and though you might not expect the moniker to apply outside Napa Valley, The Hidden Vine brings the fruits of America’s (and the world’s) finest vineyards to downtown San Francisco. ...

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An Irish Parade Just for San Francisco

Saint Patrick's Day is your opportunity to learn a thing or two about lovely Ireland....

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Lovers' Haunts and Cautionary Tales

This might just be the Valentine’s Day you always wanted....

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The West Coast's First Espresso Bar

If you only have time for one visit to a coffeehouse during your stay in San Francisco you must visit Caffe Trieste....

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