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San Francisco City Bike Rental
"Rent a bike at the nearest bicycle rental shops to the Golden Gate Bridge. For only 3 miles bike ride on a scenic beach bike trail you will reach Palace of Fine Arts Crissy Field Fort Point and the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Bike across the bridge and ride downhill to Sausalito a beautiful waterfront town on the other side of the bridge where you can dine in many great local restaurants while enjoying the water views. To make your trip even more exciting
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Self-Guided Bike Rentals from San Francisco
"Pick up your bike from the beautiful Marina district only less than 3 miles away from the famous Golden Gate Bridge! Depending on your plan and destination we will suggest you the best bike routes to avoid hills and traffics. You will be provided with helmet u-lock map and some safety tips. We have different sizes of bikes and we will personally adjust the saddle to fit your height.The bike path to the Golden Gate Bridge is only 3 blocks away from our Lombard street shop and it is mostly flat. You will be biking along the waterfront and enjoying the views of the San Francisco Bay. You will pass by Fort Mason Park
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour
"San Francisco packs a lot of fun into just 47 square miles: eclectic architecture renowned museums top-notch restaurants and pier-side attractions. One of the best ways to see these sights and more is on an open-top Big Bus that allows you to discover the City by the Bay at your own pace.Start at the San Francisco Visitor Center or hop on at any stop along the route to redeem your voucher (see Itinerary for full list of stops). Set out on b double-decker bus to soak up panoramic views of San Francisco including Union Square
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Palace Of Fine Arts

During the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, the Palace of Fine Arts housed the art from Renaissance to Modern and was the work of California architect Bernard Maybeck. Maybeck’s fantastic...
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Yaqui
Dec 18, 2016

The Palace of Fine Arts.

We got to the Palace of Fine Arts by number 28 bus. The Palace of Fine Arts was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. Its purpose was, and indeed is, to house art exhibitions. It was...
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IreneMcKay
Feb 26, 2016

Palace of Fine Arts

"In 1915 when the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) opened, it was a time of turmoil for the world and for the City of San Francisco. The City was just recovering from the terrible...
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apbeaches
Aug 26, 2015

A palace indeed

When you're in this area of San Francisco it's hard not to notice this standout piece of architecture. However, the most extraordinary thing about it is that, like the Eiffel Tower, it wasn't meant to...
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iandsmith
Aug 01, 2011

Photo Op: Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda

This is one of those most-photographed places. There's probably no earthly need for YET another shot but what the hell. The rotunda is all that's left of the structures built for The Panama Pacific...
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goodfish
Jun 03, 2010

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was built for the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco just 9 years after the devastating 1906 earthquake. The structures here, as they were at many of the...
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Dabs
Oct 16, 2009

A Photographers dream! The Palace of Fine Arts

If you are a big fan of the movie 'Vertigo' you will recognize this building as a background shot when Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak were taking a stroll in the park. This is a gorgous park, and the...
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tvdandy
May 24, 2009

Feed the Birds and Join a Wedding Photoshoot

The Palace of Fine Arts (designed for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition) is a favorite backdrop for a wedding photoshoot. It's easy to see why - lovely gardens, romantic fountain, and...
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yellowbell
Feb 23, 2009

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was originally constructed as a temporary structure for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition. The Exhibition Hall houses one of the most unusual museus in the world.more on this...
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Gypsystravels
Sep 12, 2008

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition by architect Bernard R. Maybeck. It was built to resemble overgrown Roman ruins while still functioning as...
Ewingjr98
Mar 02, 2008

Palace of Fine Arts

This is a must see. It's such a beautiful structure and I think it's very relaxing to walk amongst the structures and just admiring it. It's also a great spot for photographs and the only limitations...
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joits
Feb 28, 2008

Cool!

Built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exhibition (Designed by architect Bernard Maybeck), with a style and grandeur worthy of its name which celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal and the...
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machomikemd
Oct 20, 2007
 
 
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Things to Do Near Palace of Fine Arts

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Exploratorium

Weather.com let me down once again, the beautiful sunny prediction for our stay in San Francisco was true for Thursday and Friday but early Saturday morning there was a huge thunderstorm and it...
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Marina District

Bordered to the north by Marina Boulevard, this very affluent residential area (average price of a home here is 1.5 MILLION US Dollars! while in other San Francisco neighborhoods is between 600 to 900...
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Braving Wind and Waves

Activated in 1890, this U.S. Life-Saving Station was built to aid endangered seafarers in the days when San Francisco was one of the world’s busiest ports. “Surfmen” braved wind and waves to rescue...
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Even if you don't go to Maritime NP (see previous tip), take a trot out on the long curve of the municipal pier right next door for some very nice views of the city, the ships of the Maritime,...
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Fillmore Street

Spa Radiance is my favorite spa in San Francisco. Their menu of services is exhaustive, and everything is wonderful. The Spa is serene and it feels very exclusive once inside. The facials are...
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Fort Point

The level is called the "baretter tier". Cannon mounted 'en barbette" have carriages which permit soldiers to fire them over a parapet (or wall). The parapet here is 7 feet 2 inches thick. Fort...
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Getting to Palace of Fine Arts

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3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, California

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  • Sunday 06:00 to 21:00
  • Monday 06:00 to 21:00
  • Tuesday 06:00 to 21:00
  • Wednesday 06:00 to 21:00
  • Thursday 06:00 to 21:00
  • Friday 06:00 to 21:00
  • Saturday 06:00 to 21:00

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