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In a select few blocks of San Francisco’s bustling downtown lies the beautiful Civic Center. Known for housing some of the city’s main governmental and cultural institutions, the Civic Center is a hub of activity and not just for municipal officials – there’s really a lot to do and see. Take a look and you’ll find the impressive City Hall and War Memorial Opera House built in the beautiful Beaux Arts style. The San Francisco Public Library houses millions(!) of books, and on Sunday mornings the UN Plaza Farmers’ Market has more fine nibbling you could hope to wish for. After touring the buildings, consider the adjacent Hayes Valley for wandering the antique shops, restaurants, art galleries, and book stores.

Practical Info

The San Francisco Civic Center is a few blocks long, but its main thoroughfare is Van Ness Ave. and is bounded by Market Street on the south, Franklin Street on the west, Turk Street on the north, and Leavenworth and Seventh on the east.

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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1326 Reviews

See San Francisco at your own pace on a one-day or two-day hop-on hop-off tour! From historical sites to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour uncovers ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 1-day pass / 2-day pass

From USD $24.99

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour

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Everything you'll need to see in San Francisco and at your own pace! From Alcatraz to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour covers the beauty and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $99.99

San Francisco Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks, see San Francisco at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off tour! From historical sites to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 1-day pass / 2-day pass

From USD $24.99

San Francisco Airport Roundtrip BART Transfer

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Known as one of the best transportation systems in the world, San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) will get you to your destination quickly and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.25

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