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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

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California, United States, North America: Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park is a profusion of cherry blossoms in late March
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This lovely park, created by Scotsman John McLaren toward the end of the 19th century, is so lush and blossom-filled that it's hard to believe it was built on barren dunes. Lounge on the grass among the gorgeous flowerbeds in front of the Conservatory of Flowers, the oldest existing conservatory in the Western Hemisphere. Take tea in the teahouse in the Japanese Garden, with its carp-filled ponds, dainty bridges, and bronze Buddha. And if you're feeling energetic, hike Strawberry Hill or an island in Stow Lake, or rent bikes (try Golden Gate Park Skate & Bike, 3038 Fulton St.; 415-668-1117) and head for Ocean Beach.

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