With over 2000 species of plants, the Conservatory of Flowers is probably California's most cherished natural exhibition. The enormous greenhouse dating back from the Victorian era offers plenty to see, and their current Butterflies and Blooms show particularly focuses on preserving wild insects within seasons, which is on until June 2017.
Located within Golden Gate Park, San Francisco's Botanical Garden is one of the most gorgeous places in a city full of beauty. California is one of the few areas in the world to have a mediterranean climate-- meaning just about everything grows in this fertile land. Take a break from the crowds and concrete and explore some exquisite flora and fauna in this peaceful park.
Bring your hiking shoes and your camera to Twin Peaks for gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. Accessible by public transit and a short hike, Twin Peaks offers 360 degree views of the city. Just be sure to bring a warm jacket, because it gets super cold and windy at the top! We also recommend checking the weather before you go. There might be a bit of fog – but that only adds to the ethereal atmosphere.
Established in 1896, Anchor is known for popularizing the recent craft beer movement in the US. As far as brewery tours go, Anchor Brewing Company offers one of the best deals in the country. For only $15, you’ll get a full tour of their unique "steam" brewing process, plus unlimited beer samples in the elegant tasting room. Pro-tip: Make sure to book your visit far in advance, as these tours fill up quickly!
SOMA StrEat Food Park is more than a simple food truck lot; it’s a bonafide culinary carnival that features a rotating lineup of food trucks — and so much more. The park operates all year long and is outfitted with fun and lively outdoor seating, TV screens, carnival games, heat lamps for foggy San Fran days, and free WiFi to boot. Food-wise, we love the melty creations from Cheese Gone Wild, the honey sriracha wings from Cluck It Up, lobster rolls from Lobsta Truck, and Hawaiian-style sliders from Slider Shack.
Fresh takes on beignets, po' boys & other Big Easy bites draw crowds to this narrow but airy spot in the Tenderloin. Order the beignet flight to try all their favorites (including the crawfish beignets with cheddar and scallions), and don't miss the cheesy grits. If you're on the hungrier side, the fried chicken benedict will set you right.