The Financial District is notable for its iconic buildings and stupefying sculpture. Plopped in front of the former headquarters of the Bank of America at 555 California is a 200-ton black granite block officially titled Transcendance, but better known locally as "The Banker's Heart." A few blocks over, the iconic, skyline-defining Transamerica Pyramid looms over a tiny urban redwood grove populated by bronze frogs. The Ferry Building was restored after the 1989 earthquake and reinvented as San Francisco's gourmet central, with boutique food shops, award-winning restaurants and, a pioneering local, organic farmer's market. Near the Ferry Building is the 1971 brutalist Vallaincourt Fountain that locals often debate: does it look more like plumbing or entrails? When U2's Bono graffitied "Rock and roll stops the traffic" on it, even the artist Armand Vaillancourt approved it as an improvement.
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Getting Around San Francisco
The best way to get around San Francisco is by walking, taxi and public transit. Parking can be expensive ($20-$40 depending on location). Street parking can be difficult to find and is often limited to two hours or less. San Francisco's MUNI operates trolleys, cable cars, and buses throughout the city. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) serves as a major artery of San Francisco as well as several surrounding cities.
Nearby Airports
  • San Francisco International Airport-SFO
  • Oakland International Airport-OAK
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport-SJC
Airport Taxis
  • From SFO-$37
  • From OAK-$50
  • From SJC-$145
Things to Do and See Near Financial District