A Powell-Hyde Cable Car Ride
Skip the less-scenic California line and take the Powell-Hyde cable car down to Fisherman's Wharf -- the ride is worth the wait. When you reach the top of Nob Hill, grab the rail with one hand and hold your camera with the other, because you're about to see a view of the bay that'll make you all weepy.
An Adventure at Alcatraz
Even if you loathe tourist attractions, you'll dig Alcatraz. Just looking at the Rock from across the bay is enough to give you the heebie-jeebies -- and the park rangers have put together an excellent audio tour with narration by former inmates and guards. Heck, even the boat ride across the bay is worth the price.
A Walk or Bike Ride Across the Golden Gate Bridge
Don your windbreaker and walking shoes and prepare for a wind-blasted, exhilarating journey across San Francisco's most famous landmark. It's simply one of those things you have to do at least once in your life.
A Stroll Through Chinatown
Chinatown is a trip -- about as close to experiencing Asia as you can get without a passport. Skip the ersatz camera and luggage stores and head straight for the food markets, where a cornucopia of critters that you'll never see at Safeway sit in boxes waiting for the wok. (Is that an armadillo?) Better yet, take one of Shirley Fong-Torres's Wok Wiz tours of Chinatown.
A San Francisco Giants Game at AT&T Park
If it's baseball season, then you must spend an afternoon or evening watching the National League's Giants at one of the finest ballparks in America. For only $10 you can buy a bleacher seat on the day of a game. Even if the season's over, you can still take a guided tour of the stadium.
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