Check Out These Unusual Tourist Attractions While in San Francisco, California

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Of course, you want to check out the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf while you’re in San Francisco, California. However, once you get all the popular sights off your list, make sure to experience these unusual tourist attractions as well.

Mosaic Stairways

San Francisco is well known for its colorful and intriguing mosaic stairways. It all started in the early 2000s when residents of the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood proposed a project to remodel 16th Avenue’s Moraga Steps in a similar manner as the Escadaria Selarón tiled steps in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Since then, mosaic stairways have found their way to other neighborhoods and can now be seen all over the city. 

Wild Parrots

This might come as a surprise, but you can actually see wild parrots in San Francisco, California. They were most likely released by an exotic pet trader back in the 1980s and there are more than 200 of them living freely in the city’s trees. Most of the time, you’ll find them in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood.

Hua Zang Si Buddhist Temple

San Francisco is home to Hua Zang Si, one of the most authentic Buddhist temples in the country. It prides itself with teaching of all of the various sects within Buddhism while also housing eight “holy treasures,” which visitors can check out. Additionally, the temple’s building used to be a St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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