Now, it’s home to lakes, meadows, museums, monuments and sports fields—which is a far better trade. While it doesn’t count the Golden Gate Bridge among its attractions, you can squeeze in a view while you’re visiting the park, if you follow this advice:
The de Young Museum was founded in Golden Gate Park in 1895, and was renovated to great acclaim in 2005. This copper-clad museum showcases collections of 17th through 20th century American art, as well as art of the Pacific, Africa and Native Americans. Make sure that when you visit you allocate plenty of time to see it all, even if it means grabbing nourishment in the de Young Café, which features ingredients grown within 150 miles of the museum.
The one place in the museum that requires a bit of planning for premium viewing is the Hamon Education Tower Observation Deck, on the ninth floor. Spiraling out of the museum’s roof, the deck has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a bird’s-eye, 360-degree view of Golden Gate Park and the western end of San Francisco. Cast your gaze north to catch the uppermost spires of the beloved Golden Gate Bridge.
The bridge opened in 1937. Until the museum’s 2005 redesign, there were no views of the bridge from Golden Gate Park.
For premium views, avoid days when San Francisco’s famed fog blankets the city, but also remember that the deck closes one hour prior to museum closing hours.
Jill K. Robinson writes about travel, adventure, lifestyle, food and drink for a variety of publications. Her regular visits to the de Young Museum (she’s a member) always include a trip to the observation deck.
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