Repeatedly voted the city's best view by locals, Twin Peaks offers a stunning 360-degree panorama of the city, the bay, and the ocean. To get there by car, take...more
Situated on a cliff high above Black's Beach, the Gliderport is a mecca for hang gliding and paragliding. Though it's entertaining to watch the action as the...more
On the flanks of Spring Mountain, high above St. Helena and its madding crowds, Terra Valentine commands sweeping vistas of Napa Valley. Wood paneling and...more
Telegraph Hill, once the site of a semaphore that signaled the arrival of ships during the Gold Rush, is now home to Coit Tower, a stark 212-foot monument...more
The Sutro Baths, once three acres of pools that could hold 25,000, closed in 1952 and are now nothing but crumbling walls and brackish ponds. These melancholy...more
There are surf spots all along the southern part of the California coast; among the best and best-known are Surf Rider Beach in Malibu and Huntington Beach in...more
Drive its length, from downtown to the Pacific Ocean. You'll pass Echo Park, where lotuses bloom in the lake; the funky shops of Silver Lake; Hollywood High...more
This architecturally arresting black, gray, and white museum, designed by Mario Botta and built in 1995, has five floors of 20th-century art, including works by...more
Hopefully you'll fare better than President Bush, who took a tumble during his first ride on a Segway, the self-balancing electric-powered human...more
Napa and Sonoma have few fine sparkling-wine producers. Though some (such as Jordan in Sonoma and Domaine Chandon in Napa) are exceptional, nothing compares to...more
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