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The Mission

History: The Mission is named for Mission Dolores (formally known as Mision San Francisco de Asis), founded by Spanish priest in 1776-making it the oldest building in San Francisco and the oldest mission chapel still standing in California. Val...

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The most densely packed neighborhood in San Francisco is every bit as lively, flavorful, and action-packed as you've heard. History: When Chinatown burned to the ground after the 1906 earthquake, bigoted city officials tried to relocate the ...

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The Tenderloin

Make no mistake: This is the city's down and dirty side, and it's neither shy nor ashamed of it. Still, for those brave (and cautious) enough to venture down its funky but somehow charming streets, there are treasures to be found. History: N...

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Union Square

History: A public park as old as the city itself (originally used for sandlot baseball games), Union Square was later named for the pro-Northern rallies that assembled here throughout the Civil War, sparked by the Unitarian minister whose churc...

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The Financial District and Jackson Square

Clustered on either side of the landmark Transamerica Pyramid, these districts are all business on the outside. But among the skyscrapers and historic warehouses, plenty of gems are waiting to be found. History: Some of the brick buildings o...

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The Embarcadero and South Beach

Stretching along the water and offering unobstructed views of the bay, this area is one of the best in the city for a walk, jog, or bike ride. Of Course, food, drink, and entertainment take top billing here, too. History: Now one of the most...

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