Looking for some local attractions to visit this holiday season? LAN Instructors recommend the following Bay Area location to delight your intersession days!
The Wave Organ by Peter Richards and George Gonzalez
Sound is created by the movement of waves in and out of series of pipes extending into the water. The organ is most active during high tides! The Wave Organ is on a jetty that forms the small Boat Harbor in the Marina district of San Francisco.
Sutro Heights Park
These trails branch from Point Lobos Ave and lead to Pacific Ocean overlooks, Sutro Baths and the Cliff House.
Transamerica Pyramid Center by Tom Galli
A half-acre Redwood grove was transplanted from the Santa Cruz Mountains to San Francisco’s Financial District. The center is complete with a fountain, pond and several sculptures. The entrance to the Transamerica Pyramid Center is on Clay St. between Montgomery St. & Sansome St.
“Mount Tam” is the highest peak
in the Marin Hills, hosting diverse plant communities in the many microclimates. Mount Tamalpais State Park is in Mill Valley, CA.
di Rosa Preserve
200 acres of vineyard, gardens and natural landscape scattered with art. The di Rosa Preserve is in Napa Valley, CA.
Once the site of an active US Military fort, the 200ft sandy bluffs are now carved with a network of trails and a Native Plant Nursery. Fort Funston is on the SW corner of San Francisco, near Daly City
Crissy Field featuring sculptures by Mark di Suvero
Crissy Field resides on an ancient 130-acre salt marsh and estuary that was once used by the Ohlone people for harvesting shellfish and fish. Later it was used for grazing and agriculture, a waste dump, an airfield and is now a Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Crissy Field is on the northern coast of The Presidio.
Other Attractions around the SF Bay and California:
Fioli Gardens – Recommended by Brett Marsengill
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Brett Marsengill
Fort Funston – Todd Gilens
The Murals at Coit Tower – Todd Gilens
DeYoung Museum Tower – Todd Gilens and Ellen Burke
Oakland Museum – Toni Bava
Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland – Toni Bava
Mission San Juan Bautista – Toni Bava
Bernal Hill – Julie Trachtenberg
China Town – Owen Lang
Balboa Park – Owen Lang
Golden Gate Park – Owen Lang and Ellen Burke
Japanese Garden – Andrew Tu and Ellen Burke
Top of the Fairmont – Andrew Tu
Pacific Heights – Ray Freeman
San Bruno Mountain – Ray Freeman
Filmore Street – Yasmine Farazian
Valencia Street – Yasmine Farazian
Chestnut Street – Yasmine Farazian
Pigeon Point – Yasmine Farazian
Inspiration Point, Berkeley – Yasmine Farazian
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden – Yasmine Farazian
Yerba Buena Gardens – Pam Nagle
Visitacion Valley Greenway – Pam Nagle
Muir Woods – Ellen Burke and Pam Nagle
Tennessee Valley – Ellen Burke
Joshua Tree – Todd Gilens, Pam Nagle and Toni Bava
Salt Point and the Pigmy Forest – Todd Gilens
Point Reyes National Seashore – Pam Nagle