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World's Top Waterfront Cities

San Francisco, California

Ericka McConnell

San Francisco

What PPS Says: San Francisco is well on its way to become one of the best waterfronts in North America. It has something for everyone, from long beaches and natural walkways, to local destinations like the Ferry Terminal—with its growing and vibrant market—to the tourist destinations of Fisherman’s Wharf.

What We Like: Even the most blasé urbanites will heed the bark of the sea lions and stroll the waterfront on their lunch hour, looking out toward Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. And the waterfront will only improve when the Exploratorium, the innovative science and art museum, relocates to the waterfront in 2011, in between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ferry Building. The result: a unified, walkable, shoppable, enjoyable waterfront.

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