Golden Gate Park
Shaped like a large rectangle and covering more than 1000 acres, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is an oasis in a sea of concrete. It is similar in shape to Central Park in New York City but 174 acres larger. Highlights of the third most visited city park in America include the Japanese Tea Garden, the de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, AIDS Memorial Grove, Stow Lake, a golf course, a restaurant with a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean and John F. Kennedy Drive, which is closed on Sundays for roller bladers and bike riders. For more information, visit www.sfgate.com/traveler/guide/sf/neighborhoods/ggpark.shtml.
San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum.
Strolling was never lovelier than it is when you make your way through the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arborteum. While this spectacular section was laid out in the 1890s, the finances weren’t there to complete it until 1926 when Helene Strybing willed the funds. Planting took root in 1937 with WPA funds supplemented by local donations. The 55-acre arboretum contains more than 7,500 plant species. A small duck pond will keep the kids entertained. [Top]
San Francisco Airport Hotel Near Golden Gate Park.
Enjoy comfortable, affordable lodging at the Alpine Inn & Suites in Daly City, CA-just south of San Francisco-where well-appointed guest rooms, friendly, personal service and complimentary amenities like continental breakfast and wireless Internet service await you. Our convenient location puts a wide array of attractions at your fingertips, such as expansive Golden Gate Park, home to the unique Japanese Tea Garden, the world-class de Young Museum and sparkling Stow Lake, which is known for its paddle boat rides. Best of all, the park is just 6 miles from our front door. [Top]
Spreckels Lake, San Francisco.
Located on the north side of the park near 36th Avenue, Spreckels Lake is the small body of water model yachts are most welcome. Many are the type used before the advent of the modern radio-controlled model. The lake has been specifically designed for these vessels, as it has a vertical edging (allowing the yachts to closely approach the shore) and a paved walkway around the entire edge. At one location near a grassy area, “duckling ramps” allow young wildlife to exit the pond safely. [Top]