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1. Explore Pier 39 famous attractions and visit the Fisherman’s Wharf: San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf area is the city’s most popular tourist destination where millions of domestic and international tourists come to visit its popular attractions, museums, aquarium, and especially to see the famous sea lions. The wharf is home to a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops as well as an eclectic mix of street entertainers. Other popular attractions include the Musée Mécanique (featured in the movie, ‘The Princess Diaries’), the Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not. This is also the location for bay cruises, and we are happy to arrange a San Francisco and Bay Cruise combo tour if you wish to explore San Francisco Bay after your city tour.

2 . Drive on Lombard Street – San Francisco’s Crookedest Street: One block of Lombard Street on Russian Hill is famous for its steep hill and eight tight hairpin turns. With a 27% gradient, which was too steep for most vehicles, the street was paved with bricks and switchbacks were built in 1922. Until 1939, it was a two-way street. Photos of the street with its beautiful hydrangeas, which appeared on a postcard, began to draw tourists to the area in the early 1960s, thus began the custom for visitors to drive down what became known as the ‘crookedest street in the world’. Access to the street is prohibited for large vans and tour buses but is accessible smaller vehicles. For that reason, all tour guides highly recommend booking a private SUV tour to explore hidden sights and narrow streets like Lombard, Vermont etc. In addition to admiring the beautifully maintained hydrangea gardens, the drive down Lombard Street offers one of the most amazing views across North Beach to the Bay Bridge.

3. Visit the Exploratorium Museum at Pier 15: The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory in San Francisco exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. It was founded by physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer and opened in 1969 at the Palace of Fine Arts, its home until January 2, 2013. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium reopened at Piers 15 and 17 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. The historic interior and exterior of Pier 15 was renovated extensively prior to the move, and is divided into several galleries mainly separated by content, including the physics of seeing and listening (Light and Sound), Human Behavior, Living Systems, Tinkering (including electricity and magnetism), the Outdoor Gallery, and the Bay Observatory Gallery, which focuses on local environment, weather, and landscape.

4. Visit Chinatown shops and attractions – the largest Chinatown outside of Asia: Chinatown was the port of entry for early Hoisanese and Zhongshanese Chinese immigrants from the Guangdong province of Southern China who traveled across the Pacific Ocean during the Gold Rush. In addition to being the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, it was the first one in North America, and its colorful stores, temples, restaurants, and tea houses draw curious visitors from all over the world who want to explore this unique neighborhood. Located between Union Square and North Beach, it is an entirely different world full of surprises!

5. Nob Hill attractions including Grace Cathedral: Nob Hill is well known for its elegant ‘Big Four’ hotels: the Fairmont, the Huntington, the Mark Hopkins, and the Ritz Carlton. Travel guides recommend ridding the cable car on California street that runs through Nob Hill District.

Checkout the historic Fairmont hotel and picture Tony Bennett new statue while listening to his famous song” I left my heart in San Francisco”, You may also consider dinning at the exotic Tonga room or at top of the Mark restaurant that offers spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. Don’t forget to visit Grace Cathedral, with its magnificent central spire and towers, is the focal point of Nob Hill, and attracts a large local congregation as well as many visitors, including architecture lovers from around the world who come to admire this historic monument. The original Grace Church was founded in 1849 but was damaged in the 1906 earthquake. The Neo-Gothic Style Cathedral we see today was completed in 1964 after 36 years of construction. Grace Cathedral is famous for its 44-bell carillon and labyrinth, modeled after the medieval labyrinth in The Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres in France (there are two labyrinths at Grace Cathedral, one indoors, one outdoors).

Huntington Park: Located on Nob Hill and surrounded by the Grace Cathedral, the Fairmont Hotel, and the Mark Hopkins Hotel, Huntington Park is a quiet place that features a playground for kids, plenty of benches to kick back on, and a nice area for your dogs. There are restrooms available, too.

6. Visit Union Square – The Heart of San Francisco’s Shopping District: Union Square is a beautiful and historic plaza, which was once used for rallies to support the Union Army during the Civil War. The plaza is bordered by some of San Francisco’s most notable stores including Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Levi’s that has been replace by Apple store recently, Nike, Neiman Marcus, Cartier, North Face, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria’s Secret, with plenty of more shopping choices and upscale boutiques, trinket shops, and The Westfield Mall just a couple of blocks away. Many of San Francisco’s busiest theaters, restaurants, and old-style saloons are located on or close to Union Square. Two cable car routes serve the Union Square area where top hotels are located like the Westin San Francis, San Francisco Drake, Marriott, Grand Hyatt, Hilton, Park 55, Nikko among other hotels in the area.

7. Visit the Financial District and its attractions and shops!: The Financial District is home to the city’s largest concentration of corporate headquarters, law firms, insurance companies, real estate firms, banks, and other financial institutions. The Montgomery Street block, described as ‘the Wall Street of San Francisco,’ is dominated by The Pyramid, San Francisco’s tallest building, which was built in 1972. During the Gold Rush, a large area around Montgomery Street became known as The Barbary Coast, a red-light district with a reputation for gambling, prostitution, looting, and vigilante groups. The 1906 earthquake destroyed much of the original Barbary Coast, and reconstruction efforts transformed it into a classy entertainment district. Jackson Square, a small area known for its high-end art galleries and design firms, has recently become known as Silicon Alley, as venture capitalists living in San Francisco opt to have offices here rather than Silicon Valley.

8. Visit North Beach ‘Little Italy’ restaurants, attractions and walk to Washington Square: North Beach, otherwise known as ‘Little Italy,’ is a popular destination for locals and visitors thanks to its lively nightlife, jazz and blues music, character-filled bars, bohemian coffee houses (no Starbucks!), restaurants and specialist shops, many of them over 100 years old. The neighborhood adjoins the Financial District and Chinatown (on one block you’ll have the best view of The Pyramid, San Francisco’s tallest building). North Beach is also famous for its churches, such as St. Peter and Paul on Washington Square as well as the church and national shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of San Francisco.

9. Visit Telegraph Hill and its famous Coit Tower: Telegraph Hill, and Pioneer Park, offers superb views of the San Francisco Bay. Coit Tower, atop Telegraph Hill, was built in 1933 in honor of the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit who, as a teenager, was rescued from a fire. The Tower’s architectural design is Art Deco, but is locally perceived as reminiscent of a fire hose nozzle. The inside of the Tower is famous for its historic murals, with scenes depicting California from the Gold Rush to The Great Depression. Nearby, you will find the Filbert Street Steps, one of San Francisco’s famous stairway walks.

10. Travel to the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District: The Palace of Fine Arts is a stunning masterpiece inspired by Roman and Greek classic architecture. It was designed by Bernard Maybeck (a prominent architect in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century), and constructed in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. The dramatic and impressive setting of the Palace of Fine Arts prompted filmmakers to feature this unique structure in many movies including ‘The Rock,’ ‘Vertigo,’ and ‘The Bachelor.’ While you’re enjoying a stroll by the lagoon, you may see couples exchanging marriage vows or posing for photos, as this is one of the most beautiful locations in San Francisco for weddings and nature lovers.

11. Visit the Pacific Heights Billionaire Row and Elegance Neighborhood: Pacific Heights is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in San Francisco and, from many vantage points, offers panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and the Presidio. Part of this elegant neighborhood was first developed in the 1870s, with the building of small Victorian homes and, after the 1906 earthquake; many were replaced with larger period homes in a variety of architectural styles such as Mission Revival, Edwardian, and French Château. Some of San Francisco’s wealthiest business tycoons, actors, politicians and celebrities live in the gorgeous mansions that grace Pacific Avenue and Broadway in particular. The area is also home to many international consulates. As of 2013, Pacific Heights was named the most expensive residential neighborhood in the United States, with some mansions going for around $35 million! These scenic hills and gorgeous views made Pacific Heights the perfect setting for famous movies, including ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’.

12. Explore the Beautiful Homes of Sea Cliff and visit China Beach: Some of Sea Cliff’s more famous current and past residents include Jefferson Airplane guitarist, Paul Kantner, actor Robin Williams, actress Sharon Stone, actor Cheech Marin, Gap founder Donald Fisher, and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. Many of the homes in this Mediterranean style neighborhood enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, China Beach and Baker Beach (a short walk on the beach is optional). Tour buses and vans are prohibited in this area to maintain privacy and exclusivity, but our SUVs are permitted!

13. Take a Hike to Land’s End Beaches and Parks and visit the Legion of Honor Museum: The California Palace of the Legion of Honor Art Museum (abbreviated to Legion of Honor) is one of San Francisco’s fine arts museums, and is perched atop the cliffs at Land’s End. It is a replica of the French Pavilion built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo, and was completed in 1924 as a memorial to the Californian soldiers who died in WWI. The museum contains a representative collection of European art and sculpture, the largest portion of which is French, including one of Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ and Joan of Arc. Land’s End, on which the Legion of Honor is built, is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area located on San Francisco’s wildest and rockiest coastline. It was once strewn with shipwrecks from years gone by and rife with landslides. The area is home to the best hiking and scenic trails in the city that run along hanging cliffs and stupendous of Views of San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and landmarks.

14. Hangout at Alamo Square Park home of the ‘Painted Ladies’: Alamo Square is a residential neighborhood and a beautiful park located in the Western Addition district of San Francisco. It is famous for ‘The Painted Ladies,’ or ‘Postcard Row,’ the beautiful Victorian Homes, which form a storybook row on the east side of the park, with the backdrop of the Financial District. Many visitors remember this location as the opening scene in the ‘Full House’ TV series. In addition to ‘The Painted Ladies,’ you will see many stunning and architecturally distinctive Victorian mansions in this neighborhood.

15. Visit Haight-Ashbury attractions – The Hippie Capital of America “Summers of Love”: Haight-Ashbury, named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets, is renowned for being the center of the 1960s hippie movement. The ’60s era and modern American counterculture have been synonymous with San Francisco and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood ever since and, with it, the rise of a drug culture and rock-and-roll lifestyle. College and high-school students began streaming into Haight-Ashbury during the spring break of 1967. During that year, the neighborhood’s fame reached its peak, as it became a haven for a number of the top psychedelic rock performers and groups of the time. Famous musicians and band members lived in this neighborhood and nearby including Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. Today, you will see plenty of present-day hippies and it’s a great place for vintage clothing, eclectic costumes, smoke shops, cafés, restaurants, tattoos and body piercing, as well as murals reflecting the glorious days of ‘The Summer of Love.’

16. Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower: Twin Peaks are two connected hills standing on the highest elevation of San Francisco (after Mount Davidson). On clear days the drive to the top, and spectacular overlook offers 360° sweeping and beautiful views of San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Ocean. Sutro Tower, standing 297.8 m (977ft) atop Twin Peaks, was formerly used as a broadcast transmitter for radio and television stations, and is considered a landmark. Be sure to go there on its not foggy and avoid the rush hour.

17. Explore Japan town attractions and restaurants – ‘Little Osaka’: Built in the late 19th and early 20th century, Japanese immigrants began moving into the area following the 1906 Earthquake. By World War II, the neighborhood was one of the largest enclaves of Japanese people outside of Japan, as it took on an appearance similar to the Ginza district in Tokyo. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, residents were forced to move out as a result of internment. In 1957, San Francisco entered into a Sister City relationship with the city of Osaka and named the neighborhood Japantown, ‘Little Osaka.’Japantown offers an amazing number of traditional restaurants, sushi bars, and karaoke lounges.

18. Visit the Civic Center Sights, Museums Landmarks and its famous City Hall: City Hall of San Francisco is the focal point of the Civic Center area. Its European baroque dome is the fifth largest in the world and is actually 14 inches higher than the dome in Washington, D.C.! The rotunda is a spectacular space and a venue for special civic and public events. The office of the Mayor is on the second floor where bronze busts of former Mayor George Moscone and his successor Dianne Feinstein can be found, reminding us of the assassinations of Moscone and Harvey Milk in 1978. City Hall is featured in many famous movies including The Rock, Dirty Harry, and James Bond 007. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married at City Hall on January 14, 1954. Also in the Civic Center area, you will see the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Public Library, Davies Symphony Hall, the Opera House, the Veteran’s War Memorial Building (where the United Nations Peace Treaty was signed in 1945), and the California State Building.

20. Visit Castro District – An Eclectic and Colorful Neighborhood- home of the LGBT community: Each neighborhood of the city is unique and authentic, including the Castro District, which draws eclectic crowds from all over the world. Castro District is one of San Francisco’s most vibrant and culturally diverse communities, home to beautiful Victorian homes, popular bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. The Oscar-winning movie, Harvey Milk, starring Sean Penn, was filmed at the historic Castro Theatre, which is also known for its Wurlitzer pipe organ and sing-along movies. You will notice many rainbow flags reflecting the neighborhood’s support of LGBT rights. In the 1970s, the Castro was home to Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay public official and one of the first in the USA. His steadfast efforts in the gay rights movement not only earned him the title the “Mayor of Castro Street,” but his political efforts helped put San Francisco at the forefront of the gay rights movement.

21. Mission District: San Francisco’s Mission District is a funky neighborhood that has a cool vibe and is filled with interesting murals authentic, local Mexican ambiance. It’s famous for its diverse cultural background, outstanding murals, ethnic restaurants, underground creek, and historic Mission Dolores. The neighborhood maintains a precarious balance between its colorful Latino roots, gritty subculture, and growing population of technology professionals. ‘The Mission’ is warmer than all other neighborhoods thanks to its geographical location, which insulates it from the fog and wind from the west. It is a ‘city’ within the city, filled with surprises, art, history, landmarks, and terrific murals relating the history and subculture of this unique neighborhood. Among the local landmarks is the Mission Revival structure style of the Women’s Building considered a ‘masterpiece’ of mural art, but other hidden gems and alleys are filled with art and murals.

22. San Francisco Ferry Building – The Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market: Built in 1892, the Ferry Building, with its 245 ft. tall clock tower, was the hub for all passenger and cargo ships coming into San Francisco. With the building of the Oakland Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge, ferry transportation ended for a number of years. Converted into office space in the 1950’s, and severely damaged in the 1989 earthquake, it was extensively restored and renovated to its original beauty in 2002, and is now a destination for all food lovers, and famous for its Farmers’ Markets. The Ferry Building is also the embarkation point for the Golden Gate Ferries to Sausalito, Larkspur, Tiburon, and the East Bay.
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is also a California certified farmers’ market operated by the nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). The market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. It is renowned throughout the country as one of the top farmers markets to visit. On any day, especially Saturdays, some of San Francisco’s best known chefs, and most famous farmers, can be seen at the market. The market provides a forum for people to learn about food and agriculture. Each week nearly 40,000 shoppers visit the farmer’s market.

23. AT&T Park -Home of San Francisco Giants: Originally named Pacific Bell Park, then SBC Park in 2003 after SBC Communications acquired Pacific Bell, the stadium was ultimately christened AT&T Park in 2006, following SBC’s buyout of AT&T. The park stands along the San Francisco Bay, a segment of which is named McCovey Cove in honor of former Giants player Willie McCovey. AT&T Park has also played host to both professional and collegiate American football games. The stadium was the home of the Foster Farms Bowl, an annual college postseason bowl game, from its inaugural playing in 2002 until 2013 and also served as the temporary home for the University of California’s football team in 2011. Professionally, AT&T Park was the home of the San Francisco Demons of the XFL and the California Redwoods of the United Football League.

24. San Francisco Ocean Beach: is a beach on the west coast of San Francisco, California, United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, and the Sunset District. The Great Highway runs alongside the beach, and the Cliff House and the site of the former Sutro Baths sit at the northern end. The beach is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park Service.
Picture a 3.5-mile stretch of white beach with few tourists and no high-rises. It’s just you and the waves and the seabirds at Ocean Beach, on the westernmost border of San Francisco, adjacent to Golden Gate Park. Great for strolling and flying kites, but the water is frigid and the currents hazardous for all but the most experienced surfers. The sunniest months for a beach walk are September and October. The beach is almost always covered in fog throughout late spring and summer, with average temperatures in the 50s.

25. Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island: Drive across the double-decker of Oakland Bay Bridge to Treasure Island and , where the 1937 World’s Fair was held, and which was the headquarters for the U.S. Navy. This is one of the most popular photos stops on our day and night tours, thanks to its spectacular and sweeping views of San Francisco’s downtown skyline. Treasure Island is an artificial island in San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood of the City of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island’s World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark. Buildings there have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the historical Naval Station Treasure Island and auxiliary air facility (for airships, blimps, dirigibles, planes and seaplanes) are designated in the Geographic Names Information System.
Yerba Buena Island sits in the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland, California. The Yerba Buena Tunnel runs through its center and connects the western and eastern spans of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. It has had several other names over the decades: Sea Bird Island, Wood Island, and Goat Island. The island is named after the town of Yerba Buena, which was named for the plant of the same name that was abundant in the area. The plant’s English and Spanish common name, Yerba Buena, is an alternate form of the Spanish hierba buena (literally meaning “good herb”), generally used to describe local species of the mint family.

26. Fort Mason History, Events and Attractions: Fort Mason, once known as San Francisco Port of Embarkation, US Army, in San Francisco, California, is a former United States Army post located in the northern Marina District, alongside San Francisco Bay. Fort Mason served as an Army post for more than 100 years, initially as a coastal defense site and subsequently as a military port facility. During World War II, it was the principal port for the Pacific campaign. Today it is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the site of several cultural facilities. It is a National Historic Landmark District with over 49 buildings of historic significance, spread over 1,200 acres (490 ha). Fort Mason can be split into two distinct areas. The upper area, sometimes called Fort Mason, is situated on a headland and was the site of the original coastal fortifications. The lower area, Fort Mason Center, is situated close to water level to the west of Upper Fort Mason, and is the site of the former military port, with its piers and warehouses. The Marina Green lies to the west of Fort Mason, while Aquatic Park is to the east.

27. Mission Dolores Park: Mission Dolores Park is located two blocks south of Mission Dolores at the western edge of the Mission District. Dolores Park is bounded by 18th Street on the north, 20th Street on the south, Dolores Street on the east and Church Street on the west. The northern end of Dolores Park is located directly across the street from Mission High School. On its eastern, southern and western sides, the park is surrounded by residential buildings of two to four stories, in various architectural styles. South of the park is a hillside area known as “Dolores Heights,” while The Castro neighborhood is located a short distance to the west. The park’s topography is characterized by a strong slope from the southwest down to the northeast, offering an unobstructed northeast-looking view of downtown San Francisco, in particular from the southwest corner.
Dolores Park offers several features including many tennis courts, a basketball court, a multi-purpose court, a soccer field, a pissoir, a children’s playground, and a dog play area. The southern half of the park is also notable for its views of the Mission district, downtown, the San Francisco Bay and the East Bay. The Muni Metro J-Church streetcar line runs through the park along its western border.
The park lies east of Twin Peaks in the warm and sunny microclimate of the Mission neighborhood, which was named one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world in 2016. In recent years, the park’s popularity among San Franciscans looking for outdoor relaxation and recreation has increased, and as of 2016 it was attracting up to 7,000-10,000 people on a sunny weekend day.

28. The Golden Gate Bridge – The Gateway to the Golden State: Where you want to bike, walk or drive across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, you will need plan ahead to avoid traffic and fog. Did you know that San Francisco is colder and foggier in summer than in winter? Mark Twain says, “my coldest winter was my summer in san Francisco”.
Did you also know that the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world on completion in May 1937? Although, the bridge is not gold, but it is famous for its ‘international orange’ color, which was chosen specifically because it complements the bridge’s natural surroundings and enhances its visibility in the fog. Be sure to check out Fort Point, Crissy Field and Spencer Battery overlook as well to capture the best views of the bridge.

29. Golden Gate Park best attractions: Some of the most popular attractions in Golden Gate Park include the Conservatory of Flowers, the De Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, Queen Wilhelmina Garden and Dutch Windmill, Buffalo Paddock, the Rose Garden, California Academy of Sciences, the Arboretum, Golden Gate Archery Range, Stow Lake with its waterfalls, pagodas and boat house, the Polo Fields and the Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant. There are also many walking and biking trails as well, surrounded by ponds and manmade lakes and waterfalls along JFK Drive. We recommend our San Francisco full-day private SUV tour to enjoy more time in Golden Gate Park, perhaps with a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden or to rent a boat on Stow Lake (entrance/rental fees are required at some attractions and are not included in your tour price).

30. The Japanese Tea Garden: This Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States, which was built as part of a sprawling World’s Fair at the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. After the conclusion of the World’s Fair, Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant and gardener, approached John McLaren with the idea to convert the temporary exhibit into a permanent park. Enjoy a peaceful walk through an amazing collection of trees and flowers, passing through green paths linked by wooden bridges over the water. You can also enjoy a Japanese herbal tea at the old teahouse.

31. Moraga Tiled Steps in San Francisco- The 16th Avenue: This beautiful mosaic-tiled called Moraga Stairs start at Moraga St & 16th Ave and climb up to 15th Ave. This is a creative, community-driven mosaic featuring a flowing sea to stars design up a 163-step stairway. It’s located at 16th Ave, in San Francisco, CA 9412, and open from 9AM–7PM.

32. The California Academy of Sciences: The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens. The Academy began in 1853 as a learned society and still carries out a large amount of original research, with exhibits and education becoming significant endeavors of the museum during the 20th century.
Completely rebuilt in 2008, the building covers 400,000 square feet (37,000 square meters) and is among the newest natural history museums in the United States.[1] The primary building in Golden Gate Park reopened on September 27, 2008.
Open a world of wonder with a single ticket. One general admission ticket grants access to a vast range of exhibits—including our aquarium, planetarium, and living roof—as well as a suite of daily programs and activities. Add in special tours, sleepovers, and after-hours events for endlessly exciting ways to explore the California Academy of Sciences.

33. The USS Pampanito (SS-383) and The SS Jeremiah O’Brien: The SS Jeremiah O’Brien is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during World War II. The O’Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Moored at Pier 45, Fisherman’s Wharf, she is a premier San Francisco attraction. A living museum on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark, the O’Brien transports you back almost seven decades to when sailors braved the harshest of high seas and threat of enemy attack.
The USS Pampanito (SS-383) is a meticulously restored World War II diesel-electric powered submarine. Located at Historic Pier 45, in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, Pampanito is both a museum and a memorial to those who served in the “silent service.” Built in 1943, Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during which she sank six enemy ships and damaged four others. Open daily to the public, offering self-guided audio tours and (by prior arrangement) docent-led tours.

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