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San Francisco – The Science and Nature Experience

Exploratorium Founded by Frank Oppenheimer, the brother of J. Robert Oppenheimer and himself a physicist, the Exploratorium contains over 650 exhibits that can’t be properly described – they have to be experienced. Almost all are interactive and hands-on. There’s the Tactile Dome, where you make your way along a dark maze entirely by feeling the …

San Francisco Cable Cars, Old and New

San Francisco is, intentionally no doubt, one of the most eccentric and mixed metropoli on the planet. The town is heavily populated with residents strongly opposed to anything commercial. Yet, it is also home to corporate headquarters of one of the world’s largest banks (Bank of America) and several other mega-companies. Nowhere is this split …

Golden Gate Park

At over 1,000 acres Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is larger than Central Park in Manhattan. And, no less impressive too! In one of the busiest cities anywhere, visitors can enjoy archery, basketball, biking, skating and a host of other activities. There are tennis courts, a golf course, even flycasting pools. Or you can …

Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

One of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf alone has enough to see and do to consume the entire vacation. The area is one of the stopping points of the famous cable car rides and houses a Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39, …

Haight Ashbury San Francisco

Chinatown isn’t San Francisco’s only culturally distinct neighborhood. From an area uptown near the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets sprawls “The Haight”. Several blocks of record shops, restaurants, antique stores and more, it still bears the look and feel of the mid-60s ‘Hippie Revolution’. Parts of The Haight have changed little since 1967 and …

San Francisco, The West Coast Jewel

From its magnificent bayside vistas to the intimate cafes, San Francisco offers a visit par excellence. Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge may be the city’s two most well known attractions – and well deserving of their reputations – but the city at the lower edge of Northern California offers much more. Rides on …

The Golden Gate Bridge

In 1937, then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House. That simple action officially announced an event much of the world was already anticipating: the opening of The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. After four years of construction and a cost of millions of dollars and many lives, one of …

Aquariums of San Francisco

Visitors to San Francisco have a choice of three major options when seeking an aquarium. Fortunately, there’s no way to go wrong – all three are terrific. Aquarium by the Bay The Aquarium by the Bay, first opened in 1996, houses dozens of exhibits holding thousands of animals. There are hundreds of interesting species on …

Union Square San Francisco

San Francisco is a tourist’s delight for those seeking a mixture of old and new. One of the best examples of that contrast is Union Square. Built in 1847, the Union Square San Francisco was designated from the outset as a public plaza. A $25 million renovation, completed in 2002, has brought the area to its …

Alcatraz Prison Tour

For a structure that served the purpose that made it famous for less than 30 years, Alcatraz is an enduring monument to a bygone era. Alcatraz Prison By the time it first came into use as a U.S. Federal Penitentiary in 1934 prohibition had already ended. (Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to outlaw the sale …

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