Mission District, San Francisco
These two unique and uninhabited hills, almost 1,000ft/300m high, are not in fact the highest of San Francisco's 43 hills, a distinction belonging to Mount Davidson which is some 33ft/10m higher. However, they are easier to get to and offer what is perhaps the finest views out over the city and the bay (there are frequent mists from the Pacific).Twin Peaks are the only hills in San Francisco not to have been built over and remaining in their original state. From them you can look down over San Francisco and the bay; there is nowhere better than this from which to appreciate the vastness of this impressive city. The Spaniards called the twin peaks "Los pechos de la Chola" (i.e. the Breasts of the Indian Maiden).Even on warm days strong cool breezes blow in from the Pacific, especially in the late afternoon. Warm clothing is therefore recommended.
Mission Dolores, or, to give it its proper title, the Mission San Francisco de Assisi, was the sixth of 21 missions founded on the California coast by Franciscans from Mexico. Father Junípero Serra (b. 1713 in Petr, Majorca, d. 1784 in Carmel) laid the foundation-stone on October 9th 1776. The building, completed in 1791, is thus the oldest in San Francisco.It is 110ft/34m long and 21ft/6m wide with walls nearly 4ft/1.2m thick. The restored ceiling is decorated with pictures painted by Indians using pigments made from natural dyes. In the mission there were a total of 28,000 baptisms, mainly of Indians.The basilica close by the mission dates from 1918; an earlier church was, unlike the mission, destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The Baroque altar comes from Mexico. Documents about the history of the mission are displayed in a special room. The cemetery, later reduced in size, was used for burials from the 1780s until the end of the 19th century. Among those laid to rest were more than 5,000 Indians who perished in the two great measles epidemics of 1814 and 1826.As well as being one of the few sights in San Francisco south of Market Street, Mission Dolores is also the only one of the 21 missions to be now in the center of a great city and thus easily visited.
Address: 3321 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114-1712, United States
Opening hours: May 1 to Oct 31: 9am-4:30pm
Nov 1 to Apr 30: 9am-4pm
Nov 1 to Apr 30: 9am-4pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Students $3.00, Senior $3.00
Useful tips: Photography is allowed.
Facilities: Gift shop
Transit: MUNI: 16th Street station.
Buena Vista Park
The Sutro Tower is a 977 foot television tower, shared by 11 television stations, four FM radio stations and about 20 wireless communications services. It was erected in 1973 and named for local notable Adolph Sutro.
The NAMES Project (closed - now located in Atlanta, GA)
THIS ATTRACTION IS NOW LOCATED IN ATLANTA, GA.The NAMES Project is a quilt designed to cure the deadly disease AIDs which has done so much to decimate San Francisco's population.
Vulcan Street Steps
The Vulcan Street Steps in San Francisco provide views of the Mission District. The steps pass terraced cottage gardens with overgrown acanthus to the top of Levant Street.
The Castro Theater in San Francisco is a Spanish Renaissance building built by the Nasser family as a movie house.
Corona Heights Park
Corona Heights Park in San Francisco is a great place to walk your dog. The Randall Museum, a great place for the kids, is located here.
The Randall Museum in San Francisco is located at the end of Museum Way on Corona Heights. It is family oriented with science and arts exhibits including an animal room with a see-through bee hive and petting area.
Address: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114-1499, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Veteran's Day - USA (Nov 11), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Donations accepted.
Disability Access: Partial facilities for persons with disabilities.
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