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 Tamalpais

“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.

Fort Funston

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

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