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San Francisco Two Ways

You can do it like a tourist, or you can do it like a local.

Millions of visitors leave their hearts in San Francisco every year. Sadly, many of them are abandoned in the cheesy souvenir shops and tourist traps along Fisherman's Wharf. Sure, you can visit the famous sites Aunt Mildred swears are must-sees. (Heck, slug down a few Irish coffees at the Buena Vista Cafe, just like Auntie M.) But check out the alternatives, too. For every teeming tourist zone, there's a piece of San Francisco the locals claim as their own. Here are 14 nominations for the Tourist Trap Hall of Fame, paired up with 14 lesser-known spots the natives like to keep to themselves. So rent some wheels. Bravely venture outside the tourist ghetto. See the real San Francisco. Your heart will thank you. -- Gayle Keck

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