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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.

May/June App of the Month - SFMOMA

The San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is using some modern technology to help visitors navigate through its newly-reopened halls in an interesting new way. The museum partnered with the San Francisco startup Detour to offer unique audio tours visitors can access using an iPhone or iPad.

Rather than just pressing play, tours sync to your current location within the building, so what you hear directly correlates to what’s in front of you at any given time. Unlike traditional audio tours, Detour’s 15-45 minute adventures are designed to offer an experience comparable to traveling with a friend. Available tours of the museum include an ESPN-style narration done by sports announcers, including SF’s own AT&T Park announcer Renel Brooks-Moon, and a comedic look at the museum narrated by stars of the HBO program Silicon Valley. More serious narrations about the museum’s collections are also available.

You can download the app onto your iPhone before you arrive at the SFMOMA (Android coming soon), or grab a loaner iPad at the museum when you get there. - 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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