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San Francisco Love Tour
"San Francisco Sightseeing Tours aims to provide an enthusiastic and authentic way to get-to-know San Francisco. Hitch a ride for an experience that mixes both our love for modern day living and our memories of San Francisco in days gone by. Our 1970’s Vo complete with neon blue seats beaded curtains and shag carpets foster a Hippie vibe that celebrates Peace Love Freedom & Adventure. You will see breath-taking marvels such as the Golden Gate Bridge Lombard Street China Town The Castro and so much more.Travel down unique streets where other busses are forbidden. Visit the homes of San Francisco’s counter-culture icons such as The Grateful Dead
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San Francisco City Tour
"The Golden Gate Bridge is an architectural masterpiece standing at a staggering 746 feet and spanning 8981 feet completed in 1937 it was the world’s longest suspension bridge until 1964. The captivating international orange color is a unique trait of the bridge.An historic icon of San Francisco the cable cars is the world's last manually operated cable car system. Running along California street the cable car connects Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf. Due to limited time we are passing by only.Union Square located in downtown San Francisco is a large open plaza with a towering monument commemorating The May 1st
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PIER 39 Attraction Pass
"Aquarium of the Bay:Aquarium of the Bay is a unique educational and entertainment facility dedicated to the rich and diverse aquatic life of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters. Walk through 300-feet of crystal clear tunnels where you past sea lions under the Golden Gate Bridge by Sausalito past Angel Island and around Alcatraz. The Escape from the Rock Cruise is an hour and a half bay cruise that sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and circles Alcatraz Island allowing you to see every angle of this mysterious island. You'll hear chilling accounts of harrowing escapes by notorious criminals as well as descriptions of the brutality of life on the island.San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour:Get a North Beach
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Art / Music / Other Museums Tips (35)

The Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose is really a must-see if you're coming to the Bay Area (although I'm putting this tip as an Off the Beaten Path of San Francisco). This museum is great for your kids and yourself. You can experience and learn the newest technologies that have recently been developed, including cool games, robots, communication, etc. There is also an IMAX theater too. Tickets are $9 each (for exhibits, or IMAX individually) or $16 for combo (exhibits and IMAX). See the web site for more information.

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meteorologist1
Jan 25, 2004

Art Galleries

You will find plenty of commercial galleries around Union Square, especially along Geary and Sutter. But for more interesting (for me), contemporary stuff, in downtown I would head to the easternmost block of Geary (between Grant and Kearney). Galleries here occupy upper floors of the buildings. The largest collection of them are in 49 Geary, on the south side of the street, Another important colony is in 77 Geary; Don't overlook Paule Anglim across the street (14 Geary, second floor), either.

Two blocks north on Grant is John Berggruen (228 Grant), an important gallery featuring the best of bay area artists like Diebenkorn and Lobdell.

Worthwhile galleries can also be found around SFMOMA, especially the magnificent Crown Point Press (20 Hawthorne).

Pick up a copy of San Francisco Bay Area Gallery Guide, available from the hotel concierge or at any of the galleries, and start exploring!

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goshawk301
Jan 12, 2004

North Beach Museum - worth the search!

The North Beach museum is a cute little repository of old photos and whatnots from the colorful history of this vibrant neighborhood. It was really interesting to me to see the people who built the city and read their stories.

Kids would enjoy a little schooldesk from earlier times.

This museum is tiny and REALLY hard to find. It's at 1435 Stockton. Which is an unmarked address. But there is a bank there. Just charge into the bank and head UP the stairs, and that's where you'll find the museum!

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Stasigrace
Aug 25, 2003

A Music Legend

When in Sf, don't miss an oppurtunity to go to the famous Fillmore Auditorium and step into the most famous musical venue on the west coast and perhaps the entire US.
The Doors have played here, so have The Who, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin you name it and the fillmore has hosted them.
They serve alcohol at the bar inside and the crowd is young and very into the music.
Recently the Fillmore has hosted some of the world's top dj's playing their sets in the same halls that echoed the voices of jim, jerry, janis, jimi and the likes.
The fillmore is located on Geary blvd and Fillmore Street in the Western Addition. Take the Geary bus (31) and get off near the Boom Boom Room (John Lee Hooker Blue's club is across the street).

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Jun 19, 2003
 
 
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Djerassi Resident Artist Colony-take a tour!

Down in Woodside, set on 650 rolling acres is the Djerassi Ranch, home to the Resident Artist program where artists come to create writing, art, sculptures and music. Every so often (check the website for dates) 2-mile and half day tours of the sculptures and grounds are offered. I've included one of my favorite sculptures that artists in residence have created. St. Denis Tower is set up on a hill and is created out of willow branches woven together. I've too many pictures to include here, so check my 'Djerassi travelogue' for pictures of more sculptures

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Smruti
Jun 05, 2003

Art and Wine Free on First Thursdays!

Every first Thursday of the month, local art galleries stay open until about 7:30 so art lovers, social butterflies, and curious geaorges can check out the latest exhibits, drink some wine, and improve their aesthetic tastes. The downtown galleries that participate in this are at 49 Geary and 75 Geary (you can't miss the people streaming in and out of the buildings). A few blocks up are the Sutter Street galleries including HangART and Hang Art annex. (www.hangart.com).

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Smruti
Apr 09, 2003

The Vaillancourt Fountain

This piece of art is standing in Justin Herman Plazza, close to the Embarcadero center.
In short, this is rather puzzling!
You are supposed to climb on and through it and water is supposed to fall from inside...
However when I have seen it in january, it was closed and there was no falling water, that's probably why I was not that impressed...

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Djinn76
Feb 08, 2003

The Franklin Bowles Galleries...

The Franklin Bowles Galleries (in between Ghiardelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf) - they were showing some Picaso's in the window as I walked by, but then I was extremely please to find out that they are one of Leroy Neiman's galleries.

http://www.franklinbowlesgalleries.com/

The image you see here is his 'Portrait of the Lion'

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Aug 26, 2002

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Different people have...

Different people have different interests. If you like airplanes, there are 2 museums that are not too well advertised. The Hiller Aviation Museum is more well known having opened in the last few years. Located in San Carlos (in San Mateo county, south of San Francisco), they're specialty is helicopters. They have a website at http://www.hiller.org. The Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa is north of San Francisco. They are not open every day. They have a somewhat rare N version of the F-16.

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Skylink
Aug 26, 2002

From the Mexican Museum at...




From the Mexican Museum at Fort Mason Center at Laguna and Marina Blvd. in San Francisco..this is a detail from the work 'Illegal Landscape' by artist Gronk, dated 1980-1986...Must be a very intriguing collection!

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Aug 25, 2002

****RODIN****

If Rodin moves you as he does me this is the place to go, a room to himself.
Good views of the Golden Gate Bridge from here too.

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Jun 05, 2004

Things to Do Near San Francisco

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Barbary Coast Trail

The Barbary Coast Trail is a walking 3.8 mile trail using 170 bronze medallions and arrows embedded into the sidewalks connecting 20 historic sites. The southern end of the Barbary Coast Trail begins...
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Fort Mason

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Crissy Field

The Former Airfield of the Presidio is now a mixed use area for the public now, Crissy Field is anchored by Marina Green on the east side, and Fort Point on the West. The park is home to a multitude...
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Ripley's Believe it or Not!

I was skeptical. Not much of an indoor explorer. But, I truly wanted to say that I had been to Ripley's in San Fran so we got the ticket and went for an adventure. I was not disappointed. It is one...
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49 Mile Drive

In 1938, The San Francisco Downtown Association created the 49 Mile Scenic Drive to highlight the city's beauty and to promote it as a business and tourist destination, so the route began at City...
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Market Street

What Street has given both history and Modernity in San Francisco than Market Street? Market Street is the back bone of San Francisco. To walk the length of the street is to travel throughout time and...
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