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Re(3):The MMC travel thread : 2016 edition
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[QUOTE] If the weather is nice, I second Chrissy Field. The Golden Gate bridge is really beautiful on sunny days. If you like museums, MOMA SF just reopened downtown, and the de Young and California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park are very "San Francisco" (and the Academy has night showings). Finally if you've never been, Union Square is kind of a staple of SF downtown. It's mos [/QUOTE] Ah man! I can't believe I forgot about the Cal Academy of Science! GREAT recommendation! It's one of the coolest places in the world! I used to take my niece and nephew there all the time. It is a wonderful paean to scientific progress (and it isn't even preachy about it!). There are all sorts of wonderful exhibits. There's a Penguin Show. A green house with butterflies. An amazing aquarium. There's an awesome living roof that's full of whatever flora fauna happens to sew its seeds up there. If you're lucky you might even see bones bleaching in the sun for future exhibition! My absolute favourite part of the Cal Academy though is the [URL=http://www.calacademy.org/exhibits/naturalist-center]Naturalist Center[/URL]. It's a mini library full of not just books but actual preserved specimens of real animals that they'll let you handle! It is the most wonderful place to hang out and sketch. As KTallguy as pointed out, they often do events at night just for the grownups: [URL=http://www.calacademy.org/nightlife]http://www.calacademy.org/nightlife[/URL] It's really nice to sip on wine and watch the jellyfish and nocturnal fishes in the dark. Speaking of Academic places--this is more something you should see if you live here, rather than on a short visit, but the [URL=http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=0100000101]SF main public library is the best library I've ever seen [/URL](and I grew up in DC which had a ton of great libraries). It's a beautiful building that consists of 5 floors of wonderfully kept books on every subject (they even have a respectable manga selection thanks to Viz being in town). I loved to go here to write stuff for my blog since a well kept library still generally has more (and better sourced) information than the internet. The main library is next to the [URL=http://www.asianart.org/]Asian Art Museum[/URL], which is one of the best in America. It's also very close to the Museum of Modern art. For sight seeing, if you are an early bird I implore you to hike all the way up Twin Peaks and catch the sunrise. On a clear crisp day it is the most beautiful sunrise I've ever seen. The colors are so rich and wonderful. On a foggy day it still has a serene Silent Hill quality to it (dress warm, it's very cold and wet up there!) You can hike down to The Castro and grab some breakfast afterwards maybe (be careful of the endless mimosas!). I'd recommend some bars in Castro, but I honestly can't remember the names of any of them at the moment! Every time I went out there the night would end in a haze. Good times were had though. Very positive vibes. Not testosterony at all. If you have access to a car and want to do a beautiful hike I highly recommend going out to point reyes. If you take the main path, in about an hour you'll see all sorts of beautiful flora, lots of different towering trees, and then you'll eventually hit the beach where there's a little waterfall going out to see. There are some days where the low tide occurs much later in the day. It's wonderful if you can catch the tidepools while the sun is out. It's surreal walking so far out into the seafloor, cool seagrass underfoot as little sea fauna scurry about. You can check here for tide predictions: [URL=https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions/NOAATidesFacade.jsp?Stationid=9414290]https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions/NOAATidesFacade.jsp?Stationid=9414290[/URL] Muir Woods is also super worth seeing. I wish everyone could experience the redwood forest at least once in their life. Some of the trees are taller than jumbo jets! Man, so many memories are rushing back to me now. Anyway, thanks again for this excuse to lose my way down memory lane. I hope you have a good trip!
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