War Memorial Opera House
Visit this “must see museum” showcasing American art from the 17th – 21st centuries, as well as art from Africa and the Pacific. The 144ʼ observation tower boasts amazing panoramic views of Golden Gate Park.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, 415-750-3600.
2. Dolores Park
Hang like a local at this popular urban park and try your hand at tightrope walking, hula hooping, kite flying or just sit back and people watch. Try the best ice cream in town at the nearby, locally-owned Bi-Rite.
18th St at Dolores St.
“People watching in Dolores Park” - Elana Altman, San Francisco Ballet Soloist
Pay homage to this venerable museum featuring European art that ranges from 2500 BC to the 20th century. Stop at nearby oceanfront dining classics, Louisʼ or the Cliff House.
100 34th Ave at Clement St, 415-750-3600.
Shop at this SF institution, founded in 1861 by the Gump brothers, a pair of Gold Rush millionaires. See the Chʼing Dynasty gilded wood Buddha, the largest of its kind outside a museum.
135 Post St at Kearny St, 800-766-7628.
See this sterling example of municipal Beaux Arts architecture and home to much history including the news-making same-sex marriages. Public tours offered weekdays.
Dr. Carlton Goodlett Pl at Grove St, 415-554-6139.
Treat your ears, eyes and soul to a stellar performance by one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world. Louise M. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.
Live it up with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dancing at this SF classic located on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Itʼs 1930's glamour meets modern swing with breathtaking 360-degree views.
450 Powell St at Post St, 415-395-8595.
Revel in this classic and campy SF institution featuring French Polynesian cuisine, Mai Tais and a live band playing from a boat. Tony Bennett first performed “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” here.
The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St, 415-772-5278.
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