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ALAMO SQUARE The crown jewels of San Francisco's Victorian treasures, this row of houses called "Postcard Row" is one of the most-photographed residential streets in America. Bounded by Webster, Broderick, Oak and Golden Gate streets, Alamo Square Park looks out over the downtown area to the east, framing these turn-of-the-century beauties against a backdrop of modern skyscrapers. A number of them are open to the public either on private-home tours or as B&Bs.

ALCATRAZ Once the chilling destination of maximum-security convicts, Alcatraz now sees hundreds of thousands more tourists per year than the total number of prisoners in its entire 29-year life as a federal penitentiary. Audio-assisted tours in several languages recount the history of the island and its famous inmate inhabitants: Machine Gun Kelley, Al Capone, Robert Stroud, "the Birdman of Alcatraz." On a clear day, the views of the San Francisco skyline and bridges are alone worth the crossing by ferryboat.

BAY BRIDGE – HORIZONTAL Just as vital, though less famous than its golden cousin, the hardworking Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge links the City with the communities of the East Bay. Opened on November 12, 1936, it remains one of the largest bridges in the world and carries more traffic than any other toll bridge -- over 270,000 vehicles each day.

BRIDGE-TO-BRIDGE Framed by San Francisco's two bridges, Coit Tower stands proudly atop Telegraph Hill against a backdrop of the bay and city of Oakland.

CABLE CAR The nation's only moving national historic landmarks, the cable cars still run on 8.8 miles of track along three of their original hundred-year-old routes. These motorless carriages travel by gripping onto the constantly-running underground cable on the ascent and releasing on the descent. Average speed: 9 1/2 miles per hour. Steepest grade: 21.3%. There were 9,600,000 cable car riders in 1995-1996. Hyde Street Pier, Alcatraz in background.

CHINATOWN Home to the largest concentration of Chinese outside of China, San Francisco's Chinatown crams exotic shops, restaurants, produce markets, herbalists and temples in its 24 square blocks of teeming activity in the midst of downtown. Chinatown was founded by the young men who came seeking fortunes from the Gold Rush and transcontinental railroad in the late 1800s, and later brought over their families. Every year in February the neighborhood explodes in a riot of color and festivity for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

FISHERMAN'S WHARF The most popular tourist destination in the city, Fisherman's Wharf is still a working fishing pier, bringing in thousands of tons of fresh fish and crabs annually. Freshly cracked crab and crusty sourdough bread are not the only delicacies to tempt the visitor here. Over eleven million people a year come for the shops, bay cruises, attractions and historic view restaurants.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – HORIZONTAL Looking north, from San Francisco to Marin County. The world's best-loved bridge is recognized everywhere as a symbol of San Francisco. Built in 1937, the 1.7-mile suspension span was designed to withstand the forces of nature, including gale force winds and earthquakes. Over 40 million vehicles a year make the crossing.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – VERTICAL The world's most famous bridge spans the Golden Gate strait, a mile-wide gap between the bay and the ocean, separating Marin County from the City. The early Spanish explorers sailed up and down the fog-shrouded coastline for years before finally discovering this vital gateway that, in 1769, led them from the violent Pacific to the vast shelter of the San Francisco Bay. The Golden Gate Bridge is actually painted "International Orange."

MISSION DOLORES The oldest building in San Francisco, Mission Dolores was constructed by the Franciscan friars and Ohlone Indians in 1791, when the land was still claimed by Spanish pioneers and called Alta California. The columned façade is actually a single wall of whitewashed adobe bricks. Inside the church is a small museum and in back, the Mission cemetery contains an array of historical gravestones.

NIGHT SKYLINE As seen from the bay, the lighted towers of the Financial District and northern waterfront gleam under a clear sky just after sunset. In the forefront, the Ferry Building, whose spire was built in 1898 to and modeled after the Giralda cathedral tower of Seville, Spain, is today dwarfed by the Transamerica Pyramid, Bank of America building and downtown skyscrapers.

PALACE OF FINE ARTS Conceived as a grand classical ruin, the Palace of Fine Arts was originally designed by architect Bernard Maybeck as a temporary structure for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition. The romantic lagoon, Romanesque rotunda and elegant colonnade evoke a sense of joy and timeless beauty. Even after the other structures were torn down, the public clamored to preserve the Palace. It was rebuilt in near entirety in concrete in 1966, after crumbling for over 50 years. The Exhibition Hall now houses one of the most unusual museums in the world, the hand-on science Exploratorium, conceived by physicist Frank Oppenheimer, and an adjacent 1000-seat theater hosts events and concerts. Marina district.

POWELL STREET HILL The foot of Powell Street is a downtown transportation hub -- site of the cable car turnaround and underground Muni and BART stations, plus the F-Line Historic Streetcar route along Market Street. Four blocks up the hill lies Union Square, the heart of the City's vibrant shopping district. Bank buildings and retail shops line Market Street on either side.

PYRAMID VERTICAL The tallest building in San Francisco at 835 feet, the Transamerica Pyramid marks the edge of the financial district and beginning of North Beach, the cafe-studded Italian quarter.

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