Jan 28

The Painted Ladies of San Francisco are a row of vibrant Victorian houses located at 710–720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square Park, in San Francisco. Designed between 1892 and 1896, these Victorian-style houses are one of the countless numbers built in San Francisco during its growing at the end of the 19th century. While many of these old houses were lost during the 1906 San Francisco Earth quake, a large number of the mass-produced, moderate houses live through in the European and southeast communities of the city.

Between 1849 and 1915, about 48,000 houses in the Victorian and Edwardian styles were built in San Francisco, and many were painted in bright colors to accentuate their architectural details. Red, yellow, chocolate, orange, and other bright and loud colors were in fashion – These became known as The Painted Ladies of San Francisco.

In 1963, San Francisco artist Butch Kardum began combining intense blues and greens on the exterior of his Italianate-style Victorian house.

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Jan 21

California Academy of Sciences is one of the largest and well designed natural history museums in the world. From planetarium shows on the formation of the universe to getting up close with sharks and stingrays, much of the museums is hands-on and interactive.

1. Aquarium: Watch sharks and stingrays cruise beneath your feet, check out the Philippine Coral Reef, and learn about the life-sustaining role that water plays on Earth.

2. Planetarium: Fly through space and time in the world’s largest all-digital planetarium and gain a new perspective on the planet we call home.

3. Rainforest: Step inside a living four-story rainforest that is hot, humid, and teeming with life. Experience a flurry of butterflies, and a symphony of croaking frogs and chirping birds.

4. Natural History Museum: Explore how life evolved on Earth, and what we can do to help sustain it. Meet Academy scientists and share in their discoveries from research expeditions around the world.

5. Living Roof: Get a unique 360 degree panoramic view of Golden Gate Park from the Academy’s iconic undulating roof, complete with over 1.7 million native plants.

The California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park, directly across the Music Concourse from the de Young Museum.

Hours: 9:30am to 5pm Monday – Saturday, 11am to 5pm Sundays

Admission: Adults $29.99, Youth, Seniors and Students $24.99

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Jan 14

Octagon House in San Francisco was built in 1861 by William McElroy. An eight-sided structure with a cupola on top, it is said that McElroy and others of his era chose to build a house in this shape because it was believed that living in an octagonal home resulted in a longer, healthier life, sort of a 19th century feng shui.

Now, this small museum allow patrons to view a variety of decorative arts from the Colonial and Federal periods as well as documents from Colonial and early American history, including one signed by 54 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Tours of the Octagon House in San Francisco are free but donations go towards the upkeep of the home are much appreciated. Group tours are available with reservations.

Stay at the Adante Hotel in San Francisco, just around the corner from Union Square when you tour the Octagon House in San Francisco.

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Jan 07

Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum offering contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. It is around 63,000-square-feet and provided space for temporary exhibitions committed to galleries, performances as well as public and educational programs, and is itself a symbol dedicated to the history and revitalization of Jewish life in San Francisco.

Hours: Mon-Tue, Fri-Sun 11 am – 5 pm, Thu 1 pm – 8 pm
Admission: $12 for adults

The Contemporary Jewish Museum makes visible relationships between new and old, between tradition and innovation, bringing together 19th, 20th and 21st century architecture into one building.

Stay at Adante Hotel in San Francisco, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.adantehotel.com/

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Dec 24

Muir Woods National Monument is located in California’s Marin County just across Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and occupies one of the Mount Tamalpais valleys. It is well-known for its forests filled with coastal redwood trees which are 1000-years old giant trees, some of the biggest trees in the world. Hillside loop trail offers a great way to visit Muir Woods along a scenic route.

The Main Trail about 2 miles is easy and one of the most popular trails in Muir Woods which follows a stream with mid-sized redwoods on either side. Its main aim is protecting precious and awe inspiring Redwood forest for future generations. This is the best tree-lover’s monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.

If you are a nature lover and want a short trail trip, you must check out Muir Woods National Monument. Stay at the Adante Hotel in San Francisco after your long day in the woods, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.adantehotel.com/

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Dec 17

Sausalito, located transversely across San Francisco Bay, has some of the best and beautiful views. It is a small town and best known for its spectacular waterfront views and just over the Golden Gate Bridge. It is distinguished by its fishing port and for its typical floating houses. It is also an interesting place to take pictures of San Francisco or the island of Alcatraz.

For some of the best views in the Bay Area, as well as a great way to enjoy an authentic San Francisco experience, take a ferry to or from Sausalito on the other side of San Francisco Bay. Art galleries, museums and memento shops along Bridge way is most-visited attraction as well as floating houses are one of its least-known and most fascinating points of interest.

Stay at Adante Hotel in San Francisco, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.adantehotel.com/

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Dec 10

Another San Francisco classic is Ghirardelli Square, a must see for the first time tourist. A group of renovated factory buildings filled with shops, restaurants and galleries. Great area for chocolate, ice creams, and in and around people watching.

Ghirardelli Square features over 40 specialty shops and restaurants.  This is an iconic landmark and provides great photo opportunities and its fun to explore the stores and restaurants in the square. The square itself is just an urban square, with some fountains and plants. If visiting San Francisco, it is imperative that you don’t miss out on buying some Ghirardelli chocolates.

Hours: Open daily
Best Time to Visit: Any time

Sights near Ghirardelli Square are Cable Car Turnaround, Street vendors, Buena Vista Cafe, Aquatic Park and many more.

Stay at the Adante Hotel, San Francisco, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.adantehotel.com/

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Dec 03

The Presidio San Francisco has a rich history spanning back to the time of the native Ohlone people. Since 1994, it has been a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. World and local events, from military campaigns to World Fairs and earthquakes, left their mark and is also a home to wild plant and animal species, hiking trails, and waterfront habitat.

Presidio San Francisco is a national treasure and a local jewel which invites visitors to glimpse rare birds, native blossoms and to experience history. Moreover it hosts regular and alternative exhibits, walking tours, a special history tour aboard the PresidiGo shuttle, classes, and nature activities. Nearly all of these events are free for San Francisco residents and visitors.

It is just a few blocks away from the Adante Hotel at Union Square in San Francisco. Book directly on the Hotel’s Website for the lowest possible rates: http://www.adantehotel.com/reservations

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Nov 26

The Coastal Trail at Lands End Trail San Francisco is a gorgeous spot for walking, but most visitors to the city don’t know it’s there. Lands End is easy to get to, easy to park, and much less crowded than the more well-known parks and beaches.

The northwest corner of San Francisco is a rugged stretch of Cypress forest, bordered by cliffs plunging 200 feet to the sea below. It guards the narrow ocean channel leading to the Golden Gate Bridge and the entrance to San Francisco Bay. The Coastal Trail is walkway that starts just above the Cliff House, and then winds in and out of the woods and along the edge of the bluffs, and ends in a ritzy residential area (Sea Cliff) near China Beach.

There is a short paved stretch near the beginning, but most of the trail is dirt and rocks, with a couple of steep stairways. Mostly mild, but moderately strenuous in a couple of places. The trail is about 1.5 miles long; a leisurely walk one-way takes about an hour.

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Nov 12

The Exploratorium Museum has been one of the nation’s premier science museums, an organizer or leader in interactive exhibits involving games and problem-solving that being models for other museums around the world. It was founded by physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer and opened in 1969. It is the global planner in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages.

The Exploratorium Museum focuses on science and art, which draws in a varied crowd of visitors. The purpose of this must-see museum is to grab curiosity and it does so with many fun, tactile exhibits. Seventy Interactive exhibits were designed to expose the mysteries of the natural world.


Tuesday – Sunday – 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday – 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. for ages 18+

Stay at Adante Hotel at Union Square in San Francisco, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.adantehotel.com/

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