San Francisco Botanical Garden
Japanese Tea Garden
Since 1894, this picturesque 5-acre garden and bonsai grove has blushed with cherry blossoms in spring, turned flaming red with maple...
California Academy of Sciences
Architect Renzo Piano's 2008 landmark LEED-certified green building houses 38,000 weird and wonderful animals in a four-story rainforest...
MH de Young Museum
Follow sculptor Andy Goldsworthy's artificial fault line in the sidewalk into Herzog &amp; de Meuron's sleek, copper-clad building...
Between simple explanations and Golden Gate Park, there's Hollow: cultish Ritual coffee and Guinness cupcakes served amid...
Head south of Golden Gate Park's border for upscale, sustainably sourced Cal-Mex, including tasty tortas (sandwiches on round Mexican...
Lonely Planet review
There’s always something blooming in these 70-acre gardens, which cover a world of vegetation from South African savannah to New Zealand cloud forest. The Garden of Fragrance is designed for appeal to the visually impaired, and the California native-plant section explodes with color when the wildflowers bloom in early spring, right off the redwood trail. Free arboretum tours take place daily; for details, stop by the bookstore inside the entrance.