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Place San Francisco

San Francisco , officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a cultural, commercial, and financial center in the U.S. state of California. Located in Northern California, San Francisco is the 17th most populous city in the United States, and the fourth most populous in California, with 873,965 residents as of 2020. It covers an area of about 46.9 square miles , mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second most densely populated large U.S. city, and the fifth most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is the 12th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States with 4.7 million residents, and the fourth-largest by economic output, with a GDP of $592 billion in 2019. With San Jose, California, it forms the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area, the fifth most populous combined statistical area in the United States, with 9.6 million residents as of 2019. Colloquial nicknames for San Francisco include SF, San Fran, The City, and Frisco.In 2019, San Francisco was the county with the seventh-highest income in the United States, with a per capita income of $139,405. In the same year, San Francisco proper had a GDP of $203.5 billion, and a GDP per capita of $230,829. The San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area, with a GDP of $1.09 trillion as of 2019, is the country’s third-largest economy. Of the 105 primary statistical areas in the U.S. with over 500,000 residents, this CSA had the highest GDP per capita in 2019, at $112,348. San Francisco was ranked 12th in the world and second in the United States on the Global Financial Centres Index as of March 2021.San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established the Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asís a few miles away, both named for Francis of Assisi.

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Duboce Bikeway Mural

Discover Duboce Bikeway Mural in San Francisco, California: This painted marvel is San Francisco's 400-foot ode to urban biking.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.63km
American Bookbinders Museum

Discover American

Brutalism 1969
3.22km
Addition to San Francisco Art Institute
Atlas Obscura 2019
2.51km
Heineman Building

Discover Heineman Building in San Francisco, California: This tall and trim architectural oddity is one of the skinniest buildings in San Francisco.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.06km
California Historical Society Headquarters

Discover California Historical Society Headquarters in San Francisco, California: A former hardware store near Yerba Buena is the official home of California's history.

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.72km
Short Story Vending Machine

Discover Short Story Vending Machine in San Francisco, California: With the touch of a button, you can read a randomly selected short story.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.89km
Vedanta Society’s Old Temple

Discover Vedanta Society's Old Temple in San Francisco, California: Built in 1906, this unique building was the first Hindu temple in the United States.

Atlas Obscura 2018
9.36km
Site of the ‘Last Notable American Duel’

Two pillars set 10 paces apart commemorate infamous Broderick-Terry duel.

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.35km
San Francisco’s Odd ‘Banker’s Heart’ Monument

Discover Banker's Heart in San Francisco, California: A shining, cold, black organ lies in San Francisco's financial district.

Audio Guide
4.46km
Audio Guide
Glen Park Canyon Period 1
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Atlas Obscura 2020
2.47km
‘The Allegory of California’

Discover 'The Allegory of California' in San Francisco, California: The first fresco Diego Rivera painted in the United States can be found in the former San Francisco Stock Exchange.

Atlas Obscura 2019
4.26km
Shakespeare Garden

Discover Shakespeare Garden in San Francisco, California: A garden oasis filled with flowers mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.16km
San Francisco’s ‘Two O’Clock Titty’ Church

This local church casts a boob-shaped shadow each afternoon.

Atlas Obscura 2018
6.41km
Hoppers Hands of the Golden Gate Bridge

At the base of the iconic bridge, a small sign basically begs for a high-five.

Brutalism
2.68km
Pacific Gas and Electric Company San Francisco (Embarcadero Substation)
Atlas Obscura 2019
1.73km
San Francisco Elk’s Lodge #3

Discover San Francisco Elk's Lodge #3 in San Francisco, California: The longest continuously operating Elk's Lodge in the country.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.33km
Clarion Alley

Discover Clarion Alley in San Francisco, California: This one-block alleyway is stuffed with street art that is colorful, cultural, and intensely political.

Atlas Obscura 2017
4.66km
Internet Archive Headquarters

Discover Internet Archive Headquarters in San Francisco, California: The grand, column-fronted, sculpture-adorned home of the ambitious digital library.

Atlas Obscura 2019
5.12km
Mount Davidson Cross

Discover Mount Davidson Cross in San Francisco, California: Sitting atop San Francisco's tallest hill, a cross honors the victims of the Armenian genocide.

Atlas Obscura 2016
3.98km
Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze

Discover Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze in San Francisco, California: A psychedelic labyrinth on the San Francisco bay.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.65km
Poet’s Corner

Discover Poet's Corner in San Francisco, California: A quiet nook at the top of a little-known hilltop park named after California's first poet laureate.

Atlas Obscura 2020
3.4km
Chamber of Secrets Door

Discover Chamber of Secrets Door in San Francisco, California: This residential door allows San Francisco muggles a glimpse at the wizarding world.

Atlas Obscura 2021
3.31km
Fior D’ Italia

Discover Fior D' Italia in San Francisco, California: America's oldest Italian restaurant is a San Francisco institution.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.49km
‘Gods and Goddesses of Baseball’

Discover 'Gods and Goddesses of Baseball' in San Francisco, California: A modern frieze of ancient Grecian mythological figures playing a national pastime.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.02km
The Box SF-Historic Pressroom and Mercantile

Discover The Box SF-Historic Pressroom and Mercantile in San Francisco, California: This antique shop specializes in the history of print and design and offers a 1 hour tour!

Atlas Obscura 2021
5.14km
Sunnyside Conservatory

Discover Sunnyside Conservatory in San Francisco, California: Over a century old, this restored Victorian building is surrounded by a lush garden filled with rare palms.

Audio Guide
2.49km
Audio Guide
Haight Ashbury – Icons of the Summer of Love
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Atlas Obscura 2020
2.55km
Li Po Cocktail Lounge

Discover Li Po Cocktail Lounge in San Francisco, California: One of the last remnants of the city's Chinese nightclub scene is now a dive bar selling killer mai tais.

Audio Guide
1.79km
Audio Guide
San Francisco: The Heart of Downtown
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Atlas Obscura 2017
2.22km
The Mutilated Octopuses of California’s Admission Day Monument

Why is there a pair of mutilated bronze octopuses slumped at the base of the monument honoring the state's admission to the U.S.?

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.92km
Swedenborgian Church

Discover Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco, California: The rustic cabin-like decor of this Arts and Crafts-style church reflects the love of nature central to its little-known theology.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.54km
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company

Discover Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company in San Francisco, California: One of the oldest producers of hand-folded fortune cookies still uses its original secret recipe.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.01km
This 19th-Century Church in San Francisco Is Now a Roller Skating Hotspot

The Church of 8 Wheels offers an entirely different type of worship space.

Atlas Obscura 2017
4.5km
Faery Door in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

San Franciscans leave gifts and messages for the magical beings that live behind the tiny, mysterious door installed on a tree in the park.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.43km
Jack’s Record Cellar

Discover Jack's Record Cellar in San Francisco, California: This surreptitious shop is only open five hours per week.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.66km
Venus Statue

Discover Venus Statue in San Francisco, California: This contorting sculpture is the tallest in San Francisco.

Audio Guide
1.37km
Audio Guide
The Dolores Mission District, San Francisco
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.02km
Free Gold Watch

Discover Free Gold Watch in San Francisco, California: This print shop boasts one of the largest pinball arcades in San Francisco.

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.86km
San Francisco’s Hidden Cinema

Peer into this literal hole in the wall theater for your own private film show.

Atlas Obscura 2017
4.99km
The Vintage Type Foundry Where Fonts Are Forged

The oldest type foundry in the U.S. continues to make physical fonts the old-fashioned way, by pouring them out of red hot metal.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.88km
The Whimsical Detail of Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco Fountain

Discover Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco Fountain in San Francisco, California: Created in 1972, the famous sculptor's intricately detailed monument to San Francisco is overflowing with city landmarks.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.14km
Tenderloin National Forest

Discover Tenderloin National Forest in San Francisco, California: A speck of nature and art in one of San Francisco’s most notorious neighborhoods.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.62km
The Walrus Heads of the Financial District

Discover The Walrus Heads of the Financial District in SF, California: These six walrus head statues harken back to a time when this area wasn't far from the oceanfront.

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.5km
San Francisco’s Hidden Slides

Discover Winfield Street Slides in San Francisco, California: A pair of slides and a tree-lined stair corridor have been an urban oasis for nearly 40 years.

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