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Palace of the Legion of Honor

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Alfred Hitchcock fans will recognize the Legion from Vertigo, where Madeleine stares at the painting of Carlotta Valdes. The Legion is in a classically designed building, constructed for the Panama Pacific Internat'l Expo, it’s now a fine art museum. The collection includes ancient & modern art, with it’s most famous piece, Rodin’s Thinker occupying the front courtyard. The museum is large, and houses art from ancient sculpture to mural-size paintings from the Renaissance to modern masterpieces.

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Japanese Tea Gardens

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One of my favorite places in Golden Gate Park. Behind the gates, the gardens are a little piece of artistry in a serene environment, with bonsais, bamboo trees, the little pagoda and moon bridge, koi ponds and sculptures. Definitely try to experience the tea ceremony.

Regular admission prices can be high, however the first and last hours of each day are free and the first Wednesday of the month is half price.

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Columbarium

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Looking for cemeteries in San Francisco? Good luck! There are only two, but historically there were many more, all of which were exhumed in their entirety (or as best as they could) and moved to other places like Daly City, and Colma, which has more than a thousand buried bodies for every living person residing there.
This gorgeous and small Columbarium is one of the few ones that survived the massive exportation of SF's dead for the importance of the people whose remains are held there.

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Buena Vista Park

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This park offers an incredibly steep climb up to some of the best views in San Francisco. You can easily see all the way to Oakland and watch the freight ships come in and out of the bay, and unlike Twin Peaks it's not so windy. The park is not lit at night, but if you go with a friend it can be a nice and creepy walk up to the top. Beware there are folks who sleep there and it's a cruising site.
Look for the broken gravestones that line the paths from the exodus of the dead in the early 1900s.

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