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Embarcadero Tours

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Embarcadero
Acting as both the waterfront and major road along the eastern edge of San Francisco, the Embarcadero stretches from Fisherman’s Wharf to South Beach, passing through some of the city’s most popular destinations. It attracts visitors and locals with its restaurants, bars, hotels, tourist attractions, event spaces, bay cruises and ferries, and a wide pathway for walkers and joggers.
 
The Basics
You’ll likely find yourself on the Embarcadero at some point during your stay in San Francisco, whether you’re watching the sea lions at Pier 39, hopping on an Alcatraz ferry at Pier 33, visiting the Exploratorium at Pier 15, catching a ferry to Sausalito at the Ferry Building, or taking in a Giants baseball game at AT&T Park. See it from above on a helicopter flight, or explore on two wheels with a bike or Segway tour.
 
The Central Embarcadero Piers Historic District, which consists of piers 1, 1 1/2, 3, and 5, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Embarcadero is 3 miles (4.6 kilometers) long, so wear comfortable shoes if you’re planning to walk it.
  • It’s a busy road, with both vehicle traffic and streetcars, so only cross at designated crosswalks.
  • Starting at the Ferry Building, odd-numbered piers run north to Fisherman’s Wharf and even-numbered piers run south to South Beach.
 
How to Get There
The MUNI light rail system runs along Market Street to the Embarcadero, as well as along the southern portion of the Embarcadero itself. If you’re taking the BART, get off at the Embarcadero station. Paid parking lots and metered street parking are available all along the Embarcadero.
 
When to Get There
Enthusiastic photographers will want to go at sunrise for shots of the sun rising over the bay, while those who want to eat and shop should wait until late morning. Waterfront bars and restaurants near downtown get lively during happy hour—a fun time to mingle with locals. Fourth of July fireworks take place near Fisherman’s Wharf, and an ice skating rink operates at the Embarcadero Center during the holidays.
 
Ferry Building
In the center of the Embarcadero, across from where Market Street ends at the Embarcadero Plaza, the Ferry Building Marketplace is a haven of gourmet goodies and views of San Francisco Bay. Taste your way through the historical building, from cheese and bread to oysters, wine, coffee, and ice cream, or try your luck at getting a table at the Slanted Door, a popular Vietnamese restaurant.
Address: The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter TourPrivate and Luxury

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Wharf and Waterfront Segway TourPrivate and Luxury

San Francisco Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour

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Take a San Francisco Segway tour along the waterfront to see popular city attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Alcatraz Island. With an experienced guide, cruise along San Francisco Bay on a personal 2-wheeled Segway, and learn how to operate during a training session. Limited to 10 people per tour, this tour provides a small-group experience. Choose from several tour times throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Vista Helicopter TourFull-day Tours

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

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Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 20 minutes
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  • 20 minutes
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San Francisco Champagne Brunch CruiseDay Cruises

San Francisco Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Glide across San Francisco Bay with unlimited mimosas and sparkling wine on this weekend brunch cruise. Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, pass Alcatraz, and see the city skyline from the deck. A hearty buffet and onboard music keep the mood festive while you enjoy brunch and sightsee.
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  • 2 hours
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Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San FranciscoAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

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Visit Alcatraz and go on a beer-themed cycling tour through some of the city's hippest neighborhoods. This full-day excursion combines San Francisco's history; a ferry ride to Alcatraz and an audio tour of 'The Rock', with its modern craft brewing scene; a bike tour of the city's breweries and bars. With a local guide and a small group limited to 12 people or less, you'll enjoy personalized attention. Use of a bike and helmet is included, as well as one pint of craft beer.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Go sightseeing in San Francisco and its surroundings by hop-on hop-off bus with a City Sightseeing San Francisco pass. Select a 1-day pass that includes access to the City and Sausalito tours. Or choose a 2-day pass that includes the City and Sausalito tours but adds two walking tour options, so you cover all the main attractions with one ticket. This flexible and family-friendly pass lets you hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops and explore San Francisco at your own pace.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with AlcatrazAttraction Tickets

Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and SausalitoDay Trips

Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and Sausalito

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Spend your day exploring the ‘City by the Bay’ before a scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument and the nearby waterfront of charming Sausalito. This narrated small-group tour takes in all of the San Francisco highlights, from Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury to the Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio. Then wander on foot under California’s giant coastal redwoods before exploring the gift shops and galleries of Sausalito.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SFNight Tours

Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SF

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Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay CruiseBus Tours

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off TourBus Tours

2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. This bus offers multiple routes with audio commentary filled with historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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San Francisco Guided City TourBus Tours

San Francisco Guided City Tour

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Explore San Francisco with a local insider and experience an extraordinary afternoon. This half-day tour takes you sightseeing around the city with a guide to offer commentary. Neighborhoods include Fisherman's Wharf, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Castro, and North Beach plus the Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wi-Fi is available aboard the vehicle so you can post your snaps to social media en route.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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San Francisco Night Tour by BusBus Tours

San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

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See the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, Union Square, and other San Francisco sights on this evening tour by double-decker bus. Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, cruise through the city to see top attractions in a convenient way with live commentary from an onboard guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Family Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off + Madame Tussauds + 7D Experience)Hop on Hop Off

Family Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off + Madame Tussauds + 7D Experience)

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Tour San Francisco at your own pace on this hop-on, hop-off tour of the City by the Bay, along with a 7D Experience at Pier 39 and Exploratorium passes. Take advantage of a 24-hour bus pass to explore the city easily at your own pace with narration on board. Admission to both the Exploratorium on the Embarcadero and the 7D Experience at Fisherman's Wharf included anytime during opening hours.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Fisherman's Wharf Explore the Culture of San Francisco BayPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Fisherman's Wharf Explore the Culture of San Francisco Bay

You’ll leave your heart in San Francisco after strolling 90 minutes along the famed Fisherman’s Wharf area. Indeed, it may take even longer as you stop to enjoy the sights, ride a boat around the bay or to famed Alcatraz prison, shop at Pier 39 or eat at the outdoor seafood counters. Hey, save some sourdough bread for us.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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3 Hr. Private Segway Tour - Sunset in Chinatown and San Francisco WaterfrontHalf-day Tours

3 Hr. Private Segway Tour - Sunset in Chinatown and San Francisco Waterfront

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See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour featuring Chinatown at night and more. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Night Tour - City Lights of San Francisco!Half-day Tours

Night Tour - City Lights of San Francisco!

Cross the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge with a Private Guide See a different San Francisco throughout the night. This tour is ideal for city lights enthusiasts and steam photographers! Enjoy the must-see famous places, from Palace of Fine Arts to Bay Bridge span, but your private tour can go much further and give you a more authentic experience of all that makes San Francisco such a glorious place to visit. For example, I can guide you through an exclusive private tour of Nob Hill, top of Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Bridge, view of downtown skyline from Treasure Island, Embarcadero waterfront, City Hall, The Legion of Honor, Castro and Valencia Streets, North Beach/Broadway, Coit Tower, St. Ignatius Church, Japantown and much more. . . I'll show you places that reveal the true character of San Francisco, as it is known and loved by locals.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Fire Engine Holiday Lights TourChristmas

San Francisco Fire Engine Holiday Lights Tour

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Join a festive 1.5-hour tour of San Francisco’s holiday lights aboard a vintage open-air Mack fire engine. Hear commentary from your enthusiastic guide and holiday music as you travel to Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero, Market Street, and Union Square to see festive holiday light displays at top sightseeing attractions. Ride with a small group limited to 12 people for a more intimate family-friendly experience of San Francisco. Have the option to wear the provided firefighter gear to stay warm and look great in photo ops!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San FranciscoMountain Bike Tours

Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

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This small-group beer and bike tour of San Francisco introduces you to a variety of unique neighborhoods, with stops at three local bars or breweries along the way. Enjoy craft brews (first pint included) and discover the cultural history of each characteristic area, including SOMA, SF's Arts District and the quirky Mission District. Numbers are limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience with your informative guide on this leisurely ride.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Bay Air TourPrivate and Luxury

San Francisco Bay Air Tour

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See the sights of San Francisco Bay from above on an air tour from the Hayward airport. As you fly through the sky on a 3-passenger plane with an experienced pilot, look down on attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco.
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  • 30 to 40 minutes
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  • 30 to 40 minutes
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Private Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with TransportationDay Trips

Private Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Transportation

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San Francisco is known for its famous landmarks, vibrant neighborhoods, and many cultural attractions. On this private tour, take in the sights that interest you most with a custom-made itinerary and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge; explore the Mission, Union Square, and Chinatown; and enjoy the views from Twin Peaks and Lands End.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Elite Flight Tour Over San FranciscoPrivate and Luxury

Elite Flight Tour Over San Francisco

Enjoy epic aerial views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz, among other city highlights, on this 1-hour guided air tour. Fly from the suburb of Hayward in a Cessna with a pilot/guide at the helm, who will fill you in on the history and culture of the city through guided commentary in English or Spanish.
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  • 50 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 50 minutes to 1 hour
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