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Golden Gate Park

This wonderful park is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Come here to relax, enjoy the scenery, breathe in the air and watch the wildlife.

The Golden Gate Park is around five kilometres long and 800 metres wide. Designed more than a century ago by the park commissioner, William Hall, the park incorporates numerous meandering walking trails, perfect for hiking. The paths wind their way round 405 hectares of well-maintained and sculpted landscape gardens, rugged woods and shimmering lakes. It’s a true oasis of calm and the perfect place to unwind.

There are also plenty of activities going on. Join one of the friendly drum circles or take a paddleboat ride on Stow Lake. The atmosphere in Golden Gate Park is still redolent of the peace and love of the Sixties, and it’s no surprise that California has a reputation for being one of the most liberal and tolerant cities on the planet.

Apart from the nature, science lovers will enjoy a trip to the aquarium, planetarium, and rainforest contained within the park. You’ll also find the California Academy of Sciences, which houses an intriguing and impressive display of ‘green’ architecture and interactive science. The De Young Art Museum in another gem, designed by the famed architectural studio Herzog De Meuron.

Peace, tranquillity and a taste of the Orient can be found in the Japanese Tea Gardens, with its pagodas, delicately constructed bridges and manicured gardens. Enjoy a delicious cup of Matcha tea taken with a pinch of inner peace in the minimalist surroundings.

Golden Gate Park is accessible by car, or the San Francisco Municipal (Muni) service. There’s a car park located on Fulton Street and 10th Avenue, or you may be able to park nearby. Once you get there, you can hire a bike to get around the park if you like.

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Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco City Hall and Orpheum Theater ...

    Holiday Inn Golden GatewayAU$232

    InterContinental San Francisco

    InterContinental San Francisco

    888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
      4.5 out of 5.0
      5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

      Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Westfield ...

      InterContinental San FranciscoAU$189

      Geary Parkway Motel

      Geary Parkway Motel

      4750 Geary Blvd, Richmond District, San Francisco, CA
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Richmond District, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park and California Academy of Sciences. University ...

        Geary Parkway MotelAU$140

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