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Get away in your RV rental to a close by state beach over in Half Moon Bay. Incredible sunsets and easy access make this a great spot to take the RV rental. Lock in your advance reservations early as this park fills up fast. A friendly tip to save some cash is to reserve the interior sites versus the more expensive beach front sites. Same access and views at 2/3 the price. Bring the board for surfing and fun on the sand!
In the aftermath of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, civic leaders set about creating a permanent orchestra as a way of rekindling the cultural life and energy of the city. This goal was accomplished in December of 1911 when the symphony held its first concert. Throughout the years, the San Francisco Symphony has grown in acclaim and skill, becoming one of the most beloved in the world.
If you are vacationing in the Bay area, and want to visit near Hayward, California, then the Japanese Gardens make for a popular destination. Plant lovers should enjoy seeing the exquisite topiary, and, if you time your visit for the first Saturday in the month, you can also listen to the designer of the gardens speaking about the garden, and discussing how the garden structures harmonise with the plants to create the cohesion that is so tranquil and beautiful. The gardens are open daily (except Christmas Day), and parking is available. Once you have taken a stroll here, you might also enjoy visiting Garin Regional Park, where you can go for a hike. The visitors center here is a good place to stop off if you are interested in local history, as you can find out about ranching and farming in the area, and visit the blacksmith shop. You will also find the Dry Creek Garden in Garin Park, and this has flowers in bloom throughout the year.
The San Francisco bay area is a great destination for a vacation. There is a lot to see and do, and, when you bring to mind the amount of fine wine that is produced in California, you realize that there is a lot to taste as well. Ridge Vineyards in Cupertino near San Jose has a long history. Wine making began here in the late 19th Century, and today the vineyard at Monte Bello in the Santa Cruz Mountains produces exceptional wines, and welcomes visitors who want to see the estate and sample their delightful produce. Most wine tasting sessions are arranged by appointment, but small groups of eight or less are able to visit the estate and the tasting room at the weekend without a reservation. Picnicking is also available, but again it is worthwhile checking out the website regarding availability, and the advisability of making a reservation ahead of your visit.
Everyone has heard of Alcatraz, the infamous prison that held some of America's most dangerous criminals. The subject of many films and books, Alcatraz has become a part of American culture, ingrained in our history and memory. As part of your visit to San Francisco, don't forget to schedule a tour of Alcatraz Island. Visit the site of so many stories and movies, and experience it, firsthand, for yourself, while also learning about the history behind it all.
There are 1.9 million objects which include art, history and natural sciences. You can explore the many elements that shape California?s character and landscape. Over 300,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions you can easily spend the day here. Be sure to check out the many events that occur throughout the year, every Friday night there is a gathering for the community which may include dancing or cultural performances, or you can also participate on the guided tours which for example explain the regional geology or natural the resources.
Lake Merritt, the oldest designated wildlife refuge center, was built in 1870. Now it forms part of the heart of Oakland city. The Lake Merritt 3.4 mile shoreline is heart-shaped. It's a great space for man and nature to mingle. There are many events you can attend at Merritt including a course on Bonsai pruning, birding, or the original child's playground that Disneyland was based on. It's called <a href="http://fairyland.org/">Fairyland</a>.
No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. As iconic as the city itself, the Golden Gate Bridge was a marvel of engineering at the time of its construction, and nearly was not built due to formidable opposition. Drive, walk or bike across the bridge, or park at one of the vistas at either end of the bridge to get that perfect photo for your scrapbook.
To enjoy views of the San Francisco bay, skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge make your way over to Vista Point. You can even walk or bike the bridge to take in more panoramic views.
A rescue center that has treated over 20,000 marine mammals such as the elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. You can come and support their work by taking a tour and getting to know the science behind the animals? distress, how the center helps them recover and learn about marine wildlife in general.
The last manned lighthouse on the California coast, today it is part of the largest urban national park in the U.S., the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. If you enjoy a rugged hike then getting here will be fun, the half mile trail that leads to the lighthouse is steep, you can also discover the old Coast Guard rescue station, wildflowers, and pillow basalt rock formations.