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Best San Francisco Travel Apps

Technology provides travelers with new paths to discover historic landmarks, dive into the history of a city and even find the nearest restrooms in their vicinity. With San Francisco being at the forefront of technology, hundreds of phone applications (apps) are available to help locals and visitors navigate the streets of San Francisco – from finding a new restaurant, discovering the best places to take your camera, or the closest ATM. The San Francisco Travel Association has compiled a list of travel-related apps that visitors will find useful before and during their visit to San Francisco.

March App of the Month - de Young

The de Young Museum is one of San Francisco’s most iconic museums. Located in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the building houses everything from paintings to sculptures from the 17th to the 21st centuries. This summer, it will also be home to a special Oscar de La Renta exhibition, which runs until the end of May.

It’s a must-see for any art lover visiting the Bay Area. Also, a must: downloading the de Young app before you go. Designed specifically for the de Young, the location-aware app can pinpoint where you are within the walls of the museum and help you navigate to particular pieces you don’t want to miss. Even better, the app includes exclusive audio explanations of some of the museum’s best pieces narrated by de Young’s curators. When you approach a piece that has additional information available in the app, your phone will vibrate, prompting you to take a few minutes to learn more.

If you plan on spending the day, the app can also point out things like the restrooms, cafe and the museum store, where you can pick up a memento of your trip to take home with you. - Emily Price


Sponsored App - Spinlister

Any local will tell you that San Francisco is a city best seen from the seat of a bicycle. Spinlister, the global bike share, makes it easy to find a bike of any kind or size in San Francisco and in over 63 countries worldwide.

Locals list their bike for rent on Spinlister, they accept requests from users looking for a bike in the area, and meet up to exchange the ride (offering local knowledge in the process). The beauty of Spinlister is you can find anything from cruisers to fixies to high end triathlon bikes. They even have tandems and unicycles listed.

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