Feb 19

The beautiful city of San Francisco is located at the western coast of California. It has been one of the most important tourist spots in the US and millions come every year to see San Francisco attractions. It is a must stop if you ever get a chance to visit California’s western coast. The city was found by the Spanish in 1776.

The Red Poppy Art House

The Red Poppy Art House is a neighborhood center for the intersection of cultural and inter-generational artistic engagement located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District.

The Red Poppy Art House provides a space for artistic expression on Folsom Street. A quite cozy venue, with a total area of 650 square feet (60.4 square meters), the Red Poppy plays host to a passel of events, including musical performances, art exhibitions, dance events, and even film screenings. The venue also organizes workshops and art programs that have been well-received in the city’s art community.

This place is small and cozy.  A variety of artists perform, and sometimes they play an early and late show. There are different cozy chairs to choose from, and a selection of wine and beer. Great place to go with a friend to catch up between sets. The art classes, hands down.  There’s a painting class that’s held about twice a year called “The art of not knowing”, a truly superb way to just let your emotions pour out onto the canvas.

The Art House is such a special place for a community of creative, musical and politically active people to gather and share beautiful moments through sharing art, ideas and experiences.

The Red Poppy Art House is a working artists’ studio, gallery, classroom, and performance space. We are dedicated to providing an accessible and intimate experience of the arts, and are convinced that the joy and power of the arts lie in the creative process much more than in the creative product. We are committed to bringing that process to public light. The Art House hosts interdisciplinary arts events, collaborative exhibitions, workshops, small concerts, and private parties.

Bay City Bike Rentals

Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours has been modernizing the bike rental market in San Francisco and surrounding areas. The idea for an efficient and easy bicycle rental operation in San Francisco was the idea of husband and wife who sought to offer visitors top quality bikes for rentals and tours. The goal of the small, family-run business was to transform the rental business with professional, bright, clean and welcoming facilities; new, high quality bikes replaced annually; exceptional customer service; and quick check-out procedures. Over the years, we’ve expanded to four Fisherman’s Wharf storefronts featuring 100s of bicycles. We feature a fleet of 1,000+ bicycles; from standard Comfort Hybrids, Performance Bikes and Tandems, to Electric, Kids and Road Bikes. With each rental we include a map, route advice, helmets, bike storage and rear gear racks. We give you the option to comfortably and safely experience San Francisco like a true native. Guests can indulge in the road less traveled and the exciting “underground” routes through this spectacular city offers using our custom, high quality maps that detailing rides for all levels of riders and interests. In addition to self-guided rentals, we feature four Daily Guided Tours led by expertly trained guides.

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These tours take guests over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, around the city on a custom urban tour, and through the historic back roads of the Presidio- respectively. The guides strive to provide an excellent experience for guests, with safety and fun as the objectives of each tour. Our Tour Guides retain the freedom to personalize their tours with their personality and to cater to their riders’ needs – if riders are experienced the tour can be embellished; if riders are novice the tour can slow it down a bit.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds in San Francisco is great for families. There are scenes from Haight Street and the Golden Gate Bridge. There are also props like guitars, drum sets, umbrellas, etc to use at some of the figures, so you can take some more interesting photos. This place has costume-bits and props for people to dress up and appear in the scene along with their favorite famous wax people.

The museum displayed a few figures of current interest in the lobby, which is open to the street. The bodies of the wax statues are made of wood, fiberglass and beeswax. The process to make each figure and prepare it for display takes approximately two or three months. Many of the sculptures were created by Gem’s Wax Figures in London. A few were crafted by Ron Fong, others by Los Angeles wax sculptor Henry Alvarez, and the museum’s resident sculptor, Kahn Gasimov who was hired away from London’s Madame Tussauds.

Madame Tussauds is the ultimate celebrity fun day out, where else can you get up close and personal with A-List celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons and relive the lives, events and moments that made the world talk about them.

You even get to go behind the scenes to discover what it takes to create these incredibly lifelike models. Want more? Upgrade to combine this experience with admission to the San Francisco Dungeon next door.

A wide variety of food and San Francisco hotels can be found here which is suitable for all budgets and palates.

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Feb 05

San Bruno is a landmark of local and regional significance, standing as a unique open-space island in the midst of the peninsula’s urbanization at the northern end of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. The Mountain’s ridge line runs in an east-west configuration, with considerable slopes and elevations ranging from 250 feet to 1,314 feet at the summit. The 2,326 acres of rugged landscape offer excellent hiking opportunities and outstanding views of San Francisco and Central Bay Area.

Carolands

Carolands Mansion, also known as “The Chateau,” was constructed around 1915 and considered one of the finest examples of French Classical architecture in America.  It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a California State Landmark.

The home was built in Hillsborough by Harriett Pullman Carolan, the heiress to the Pullman railroad car fortune, and her husband Francis J. Carolan. French architect Ernest Sanson designed the 98-room estate on its 554-acre site. A renowned local architect Willis Polk acted as the construction supervisor.  French landscape architect Achilles Duchene designed the gardens, which originally included a tea house, swimming pool, orangerie and tempietto.

A magnificent color portfolio shows the house and garden today, which have been meticulously restored by Carolands’ current owners. Martin Lane Fox, until recently Vice Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society and Chairman of its Horticultural Board, was asked to re-create the gardens, and the legendary Mario Buatta undertook the interior decoration.

An outstanding feature of the book is the reproduction of original drawings and plans by Sanson, Duchene, and Polk, all specially photographed for the book, as well as original letters among the three on the design and construction of Carolands and archival photographs of the interiors and furnishings.

Bay Model Visitor Center

The Bay Model Visitor Center is a fully accessible education center administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which makes possible the viewing of a scientific tool: a working hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta System.

The Bay Model Visitor Center is a fully accessible education center administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which makes possible the viewing of a scientific tool: a working hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta System.

The San Francisco Bay Model is truly an engineer’s & kid’s delight. It is both educational and interesting! Many scientific groups also visit. Furthermore, it is FREE!

This giant 1.5 acre working model of the entire San Francisco Bay was developed in 1957 by the Army Corps of Engineers. Its purpose was to study human effects on the SF Bay and to help keep the Bay navigable for shipping.

The Bay Model is a three-dimensional hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta areas capable of simulating tides and currents.

The model is the size of two football fields, representing 1,600 square miles of the San Francisco Bay and San Joaquin Delta, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to 71 miles inland. Standing on a platform overlooking the model, it’s similar to looking down from a plane overlooking the region from 10,000 feet up.

More than 135,000 gallons of water are pumped daily into the model, simulating tides, water flow, sediment movement, and the mixing of fresh and salt waters. Features that affect the water flow are included, including rivers, creeks, sloughs, ship channels, canals, bridges, and large piers.

Grateful Dead House

The Grateful Dead formed in 1965 and it was here that their unique style of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel, country, jazz and reggae came together in the style that is unique to this renowned group. Influenced by John Coltrane’s style of improvisation, as well as the psychedelic experience, the band formed first as the Warlocks, later changing their name to the Grateful Dead house. The band often played at the Fillmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom, and until the death of Jerry Garcia, often played impromptu gigs at local parks and venues.

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The Haight hippy scene in the 60′s was characterized by the youth movement, starting out as love, freedom and flower power, then moving into drugs and violence, as hippies demonstrated against the Vietnam War. Music of the Grateful Dead captured the sentiments of this period in history and remains a timeless representation of this tumultuous era. The Grateful Dead developed a cult following, with many Deadheads following the band across the country.

The three stories Victorian, known as the Grateful Dead house, is a privately owned house, it is not a museum. Despite that, a trip to San Francisco would be incomplete without a drive past this historical residence.

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Jan 15

San Bruno is a city in San Mateo County, California, which was incorporated in 1914. The population of the city was 41,114 at the 2010 census. The city is adjacent to San Francisco International Airport and Golden Gate National Cemetery which is approximately 12 miles (19 km) south of downtown San Francisco. The city is also located between South San Francisco and Millbrae. The city has a total area of 5.5 square miles, all of it land according to the United States Census Bureau. The city spreads from the mostly flat lowlands near San Francisco Bay into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains which rise to more than 600 feet (180 m) above sea level in Crestmoor and more than 700 feet above sea level in Portola Highlands. San Bruno City Hall sits at an official elevation of 41 feet above sea level. The best part about San Bruno are San Bruno Parks are the variety that each provides to cater to all visitors.

Commodore Park: Commodore Park is one of the City’s larger parks which features play areas, a baseball diamond, picnic tables, BBQ pits and restroom facilities. It is also fully enclosed with the dog exercise area located at the eastern end of the park. Commodore park is located at the cross streets of Commodore and Cherry Avenues.10 12 03A 170 300x153 San Bruno Parks: Check out the entertaining part of the city

Grundy Park: Grundy Park is named after San Bruno’s first Mayor. Grundy Park features a large open lawn area with two play areas and one scenic picnic site and a restroom. Grundy Park is located on both Cherry Avenue and Oak Avenue.

Bayshore Circle Park: Bayshore Circle Park is located towards east of Tanforan Shopping Center. Bayshore Park features a basketball court and play area.

Buckeye Park: This seven acre park nestled in the hillside of San Bruno on Rosewood Avenue and offers a beautiful setting for a picnic or just a lazy day in the park.

Catalpa Tot Lot: Catalpa Tot Lotis located on a half-acre lot; Catalpa Tot Lot offers a basketball court. The park is nestled at the top of Catalpa Way in the Rolling-wood area.

Earl & Glenview Park: Earl & Glenview Parkis located at the bottom of Glenview Drive; Earl Park is home to a small play area.

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Fleetwood Tot Lot: Fleetwood Tot Lot is located on a half-acre lot, Fleetwood Tot Lot offers benches, a play area, and a basketball court. The sand, grass, and blacktop area is located on Fleetwood Drive in the Rollingwood area.

Forest Lane Park: Forest Lane Park is located near Huntington and 380, Forest Lane Park features a grassy area, basketball court, play area, and picnic and BBQ area.

Herman Tot Lot: Herman Tot Lot is located east of Tanforan Shopping Center, Herman Tot Lot is home to a play area.

Lions Park: Lions Park is located next to Lions Field at the end of 1st Avenue featuring a new play structure, grass area and ball field. This park is perfect for kids to play and eat at while baseball games are played.

Lomita Park: Lomita Park is located in southern San Bruno, Lomita Park is home to a picnic and play area, perfect for a family outing.

Monte Verde Park: Monte Verde Park is home to a large open grass area where soccer games are played.

Pacific Heights Park: Pacific Heights Park is located on a five acre lot; Pacific Heights Park features benches, play area, baseball diamond, basketball court, and walking trail. This sand, grass, and blacktop park is located on Longview Drive near Skyline College. This park is located on Longview Drive.

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Ponderosa Park: Hidden in the hills above Pacifica, this 4 acre park features benches, a water faucet, and a play area, with the remainder of the park being undeveloped. The grass and sand park is located on Pacific Heights Boulevard just off of Sharp Park Road.

Posy Park: Posy Park is located at the North end of San Mateo Avenue’s downtown, Posy Park is a great place to sit and relax after shopping.

7th Avenue Park: 7th Avenue Park is located on a half-acre lot, 7th Avenue Park features park benches and a play area.

7th & Walnut Park: 7th & Walnut Park is located north of San Bruno Avenue on 7th Avenue, 7th and Walnut Park features a Basketball Court, and play area.

Stay at the Howard Johnson hotel near San Francisco International Airport offering complimentary Breakfast and High Speed Internet and witness the beauty of San Bruno and San Francisco. The luxurious rooms of our San Francisco Airport hotel are fully equipped with Hair Dryer, Iron / Ironing Board, Coffee / Tea Maker, Microwave / Refrigerator and many more other amenities.

To relax in these rooms after a busy and tiring day, make a hotel reservation in San Bruno directly at http://www.hojosanbruno.com/guestrooms

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Dec 11

There are many attractions available in San Mateo County in which San Bruno is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States. San Bruno was incorporated in 1914. The last census population was 41,114 at the 2010 census with the location of north at 37°37′31″ and west of 122°25′31″. The San Bruno city is very adjacent to San Francisco International Airport and Golden Gate National Cemetery and is located between South San Francisco and Millbrae. The city is approximately 12 miles or 19 km south of downtown San Francisco. The San Bruno city has a total area of 5.5 square miles or 14 square km all of it land according to the United States Census Bureau. The city has excellent view where spreads from the mostly flat lowlands near San Francisco Bay. The city is into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains which is awesomely rising to more than 600 feet above sea level in Crestmoor. It is also more than 700 feet above sea level in Portola Highlands. The San Bruno is having City Hall which is exactly sits at an elevation of 41 feet above the sea level officially. There are very hilly area where you can enjoy hiking and riding, these are as Portions of Mills Park, Crestmoor, and Rollingwood where featuring canyons and ravines. There are many Creeks available in the city where all of them are now in the tunnels. These creeks are flow from springs in the hills toward San Francisco Bay. Here in the west of Skyline Boulevard and outside of city limits is San Andreas Lake. It gave its name to the San Andreas Fault. San Francisco water department are using one of several reservoirs of lake which is providing water to San Francisco and several communities in San Mateo County, including San Bruno west of I-280.

San Bruno Mountain – Summit Loop Trail

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There are many trails present near the San Bruno City where one of the best trails is Summit loop trail. This is a great hike for a very clear day in the Bay Area. Where there are multiple places to take great photos. But again if the day is very clear than only you can enjoy full day hiking and riding. From top of the summit loop trail you can see San Francisco, Colma, and the Pacific Ocean. The trail leads from the parking lot straight up the mountain to the Radio/TV Towers. It’s a very single file dirt trail where no dogs or bikes are allowed. You can start your trail at the Trailhead at the Parking lot on the popular summit loop trail. You can also start the trail from the service road (basically the reverse route of the normal way). This way you will capture the BEST views on your way back and while you are headed downhill. So you have view all the way down, rather than having to turn around each time to enjoy the view. All in all, it was a nice morning hike that I would do again on a very clear day. Basics: The area of trails belongs to San Bruno Mountain State and County Park. The trail is very famous as you see in trail Map.The length of the summit loop trial is 3.13 miles that is moderate Hike which is 2 hours with stops. The trail is actually of Loop style type and it is single File dirt trail. It is having some stops along the way. There are two road crosses at the top but you will definitely find no traffic which is also somewhat well marked. There is some restriction in the trail where bikers are not allowed because it is not biker’s trial and your loveable pets are also not allowed. But there is no restriction on cameras. The Radio Road turnoff on Guadalupe Canyon Parkway is the entrance. Now get to the Trailhead by turning RIGHT after passing the Gatehouse, the road will go back under the Parkway. There is fee applicable for this trail that is $5. Tips: Pick a nice clear day for this hike as San Bruno Mountain can be a magnet for clouds and fog. Paid parking is available inside the State Park entrance off Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, So don’t worry about the parking. San Bruno city and its nearby trails and locations are the great place to visit. Stay at the Howard Johnson hotel near San Francisco International Airport offering complimentary Breakfast and High Speed Internet and witness the beauty of San Bruno and San Francisco. The luxurious rooms of our San Francisco Airport hotel are fully equipped with Hair Dryer, Iron / Ironing Board, Coffee / Tea Maker, Microwave / Refrigerator and many more other amenities. To relax in these rooms after a busy and tiring day, make a reservation directly at http://www.hojosanbruno.com/guestrooms

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Nov 28

There are very few man-made structures in the world as magnificent and imposing as the Golden Gate Bridge, as it spans the Golden Gate where the San Francisco Bay opens into the Pacific Ocean. It is part of two highways, California State Route 1 as well as U.S.Route 101, connecting San Francisco city and Marin County. Like the Statue of Liberty it has become a universally recognized symbol of the United States and a famous landmark associated with the great city. In fact, the American Institute of Architects ranks the incredible bridge fifth in the ‘List of America’sFavorite Architecture.’ Not to be left out, the American Society of Civil Engineers declared it as a modern Wonders of the World. As if to complete the accolade, Frommer’s travel guide described the stupendous structure as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed bridge in the world.”

Perhaps it is one of the most famous bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge is by far the most recognizable icon of San Francisco. Spanning over the San Francisco Bay, connecting the northern tip of the San Francisco peninsula to a portion of the south facing headlands of Marin County by Sausalito. When the Golden Gate bridge was completed in 1937, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world. The need for the bridge came about as the only other way to reach travel through the Golden Gate Strait, was by ferry. Engineer and bridge-builder Joseph Strauss recognized the need for a bridge as ferry congestion became an increasing problem.

Structure: This great bridge is totally made up of concrete and cables where they joined with the use of rivets approximately 12, 00,000 lakhs. The bridges span between the two towers which is more than 20 meters below the sea level. The total length of the bridge is 8,981ft or 2,737 m. The main span between the two enormous towers is 4,200 ft or 1,280 meters long, making it the world’s largest suspension bridge. It consists of six lanes and has lanes for bicyclists and for pedestrians. The bridge is a lovely shade of “International Orange,” or orange vermilion because it blended nicely with the surrounding warm hues of the landscape amidst the cool hues of the bay and the sky and the second main reason is to help with visibility for army and other ships. It is masterly an example of engineering is a magnificent monument set against a beautiful surroundings.

Some of the Popular Activities to do at Bridge:

  1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  2. Most popular ways for travelers to get to the other side of the bridge is to rent a bike and ride it across to the other side
  3. Check out the Lone Sailor Memorial
  4. Stroll to the little town of Sausalito
  5. Walk along the water to Crissy Field
  6. Walk around the Baker Beach
  7. Visit the Beautiful Presidio

Tours Hours:

10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm,
1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Bridge walk is open between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Admission:

Adults: $12.95
Seniors (62+) and Juniors (6–17): $9.95
Kids (0–5): Free
Family (2 adults, 2 juniors): $40.00
Family + photo package: $55.00

The bridge is a tourist great attrction of such an magnitude that there are a number of overlooks around the city, which serve as viewpoints. The most popular site is the South Vista Point situated at the SF end of the bridge. Then there’s the North Vista Point on the Marin County side. A panoramic view of the bridge can be had from Land’s End, the northern tip of Lincoln Park. There’s another viewpoint at Baker Beach at Presidio Park and one at Conzelman Road on the Marin County side.

Surrounding the San Francisco Bay, the GGNRA is one of the most visited units in the National Park System. Over 13 million people come to this area each year to view the great red bridge, among other activities. There is no shortage of things to do in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. On a warm summer day, it’s not unusual to see people biking, rollerblading, and jogging on some of the countless well-maintained paths. In addition, photography is only one art form that is used to capture the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge. Other artists employ paints, pencils, and sculpting clay to interpret the span.

The bridge is one of the most famous and beautiful bridges in the world because of its spectacular location, graceful lines, Art Deco detailing, and emblematic color. The Golden Gate remains one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks, stretching almost 2 miles to Marin County and soaring 4,200 feet above the bay.

If you love the beauty of San Francisco then you’ll want to stay at the Howard Johnson hotel near San Francisco International Airport. Book directly at http://www.hojosanbruno.com/

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