San Francisco is well known for being a leader of contemporary subculture. Some would even consider this quirky city the hipster capital of America. San Francisco prides itself for encompassing a diverse cultural background and thinking outside the box. We have plenty of interesting things to do for those who want to avoid the beaten path and the crowds to go out exploring on their own. Explore San Francisco in style with these alternative tourist traps.

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Walk the Lands End Trail

This scenic trail shows off the best scenery of the Bay Area. It’s an easy hike, and along the way you can see some highlights of San Francisco including the iconic Rock Labrinth, Mile Rocks Lighthouse, Octagon House Museum, and the USS San Francisco Memorial. The trail also has gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge. You could easily spend a whole afternoon getting lost in this beautiful waterside park.

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Location: Lands End Trail, San Francisco, CA 94121

Tour the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

Go on a free tour to see first-hand how fortune cookies are made. You will finally be able to answer the question: “how do they get those little pieces of paper inside the cookies?” We promise you there is nothing better than a warm, freshly handmade fortune cookie hot off the press.

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Location: 56 Ross Alley, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

Play With Sea Lions on Pier 39

Don’t forget to visit the local San Francisco residents of Pier 39. Animal lovers will love watching the sea lions bark, socialize, and relax in the sun. These guys are so popular they have their own webcam that plays live footage. How’s that for alternative reality television?

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Location: Pier 39 Fishermans Wharf

Museé Méchanique

This is an arcade gamer’s paradise. For endless throwback entertainment, Museé Méchanique is a blast from the past that lets you experience how people used to have fun. Enjoy vintage arcade games, an antique photo booth, and even challenge a professional arm wrestler. This is the perfect place for an unconventional date night.

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Location: Pier 45, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA