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7. San Francisco

The Bay Area is brimming with art and culture. Although the architecture and landscape, not to mention the food, are focal points, the city’s museums are up there with the best in the country. In terms of shear numbers, San Francisco doesn’t hold a candle to the likes of Chicago and NYC, but you have to remember that SF is a fraction of the size in terms of population. While you’re not taking in views of the Golden Gate, there are plenty of options to get your museum fix. Places like SFMOMA, de Young, and Legion of Honor are the obvious choices. We recommend you add Exploratorium and The Walt Disney Museum to the list, and if you really want to step out of the box, there’s always Alcatraz.

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