Aug 28

The Presidio National Park in San Francisco is an excellent destination in California. This National Historic Landmark is a fantastic spot to explore during a visit to San Francisco.

The Presidio National Park in San Francisco has many more historic sites of interest for visitors to explore. There is a World War II Memorial, the San Francisco National Cemetery and more. Visitors looking for opportunities for recreation will also enjoy a stop at the Presidio. With forests, beaches, and scenic overlooks of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio of San Francisco is an excellent destination for recreation.

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful Presidio Forest. The forest was planted by the army, and is mostly non-native trees. This is a fantastic destination for some recreation while visiting San Francisco. The coastal bluffs are another great spot to enjoy the nature and outdoors during a visit to The Presidio National Park in San Francisco. Of course, no visit to the park would be complete without a visit to the nearby beach. Baker Beach is a great spot, it is a mile long, and is at the foot of cliffs. Although this beach isn’t a spot for swimming, visits can enjoy a walk on the beach and enjoy the amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Aug 23

Baker Beach in San Francisco is located on the northwest side of San Francisco, off of Lincoln Boulevard, within the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy area of the Presidio. Parking is free, and there are three available lots. The often cloudy beach makes up for the weather with its stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The sand at Baker Beach in San Francisco seems softer than at other beaches, and there are grassy areas for playing games, as well as shaded tree-areas further back from the beach to shelter you if you need a break from the sun.

Tips and Highlights

  • On sunny weekends, be prepared for crowds and parking congestion.
  • A picnic area with tables, grills, and restroom facilities is tucked in the cypress grove at the east end of the parking lot.
  • Baker Beach can be warm enough for sunbathing and picnicking.
  • Look for the display of historical military photographs inside the Battery Chamberlin magazine.
  • Hikers can pick up the Coastal Trail on the cliffside.
  • The northernmost end of Baker Beach is frequented by clothing-optional sunbathers.

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Aug 13

Explore the fascinating history of cartoon art at the Cartoon Art Museum, one of the only museums in the United States dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and exhibition of cartoons in all their forms.

Founded in 1984 with the help of an endowment from Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, the Cartoon Art Museum houses over 6,000 original pieces by some of the most renowned and creative cartoonists of the 20th century.

The Cartoon Art Museum presents permanent and changing exhibits every year that trace the evolution of this unique and accessible art form, including animation, comic strips, comic books, editorial and magazine cartoons, and underground comics. Cartoons are serious art, and the Cartoon Art Museum is serious fun.

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Aug 06

Must Do’s in San Francisco

1. Tour the city by cable car

A few dollars in San Fran can buy you a roller coaster ride of the city.

2. Escape to Alcatraz

Alcatraz remains a popular attraction, luring over a million visitors a year. The audio tour, which features interviews with former inmates and guards, is powerful, chilling and evocative.

3. Soak in art for cheap

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art is second only to New York’s in size and the collection includes works by artists as varied as René Magritte, Jeff Koons, Piet Mondrian

4. Dig into organic cuisine

Demand for seasonal food and sustainable agriculture kicked off back in the 1970s and it has fuelled an array of Organic treasure-troves.

5. Popcorn up for alfresco cinema

San Francisco truly loves its cinema and hosts a dozen or so film festivals every year, which screen film fodder including animation, Jewish films, lesbian and gay films and silent films.

6. Skate through Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is one of the largest man-made parks in the world and a testament to human dominion over nature.

7. Walk the streets with a salmon

In weekend warriors dressed as salmon, jog-walkers pushing kegs of beer in shopping carts, and footloose nude zanies run, walk or stumble from the foot of Howard Street, a distance of about 7.5 miles to Ocean Beach.

8. Angel Island State Park

Angel Island State Park is washed in sunlight–tranquil except for the laughter of children playing on the small stretch of sandy beach and the voices of 200 to 300 visitors.

9. Feel the ‘Beat’

To get up to speed on the Beats and their legacy, check out the Beat before heading over to what were both the head and the heart of the Beat movement, City Lights bookshop.

10. Enjoy a world record musical

Be teased, amused and shocked by Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in theatrical history. It sells its formulaic blend of songs, puns and outrageous headgear with such irresistible conviction that it has become an institution.

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