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  • Best Place to Check Out an Algae Chandelier In a Seismically Retrofit Pier Building

    Exploratorium

    Sure, phytoplankton can be pretty boring, what with being so incredibly small they're invisible to the naked eye. But when millions of them are stuffed together into gorgeous, illuminated overhead tanks, you'll take a bigger interest in the things. The brand new incarnation of Frank Oppenheimer's 44-year-old Exploratorium on Piers 15-17 boasts 600-plus exhibits and installations, including notable favorites like the Fog Bridge, the Toilet Drinking Fountain, and the Tree Experience, which shows off the split-open remains of a 250-year-old... More >>

  • Best Place to Get Lost

    Land's End

    It's easy to escape the urban hullabaloo. But with a little more effort on the Lands End hike – over 100 stairs, to be precise – it's possible to find a place where on a foggy day not even Marin County across the water can be seen from a stretch of sand tucked in between cliffs west of the Golden Gate. Perhaps you'll see a few fishermen above on Eagle's Point, or some hardy tourists perched on a massive rock... More >>

  • Best Place to Get Lost

    Land's End

    It's easy to escape the urban hullabaloo. But with a little more effort on the Lands End hike – over 100 stairs, to be precise – it's possible to find a place where on a foggy day not even Marin County across the water can be seen from a stretch of sand tucked in between cliffs west of the Golden Gate. Perhaps you'll see a few fishermen above on Eagle's Point, or some hardy tourists perched on a massive rock... More >>

  • Best Housing Metaphor

    Golden Gate Park

    Spring revealed yet another of life's mysteries as a mysterious, tiny door, expertly crafted, appeared in a tree in Golden Gate Park's Concourse. Whether art project or public statement or another sad escapee from UCSF's Super-Intelligent Squirrel Development Lab, the door attracted national attention before it got filled with trash, at which point the city intervened, citing (as always) some permitting thing. Officials removed the door, which caused a public outcry. The city then re-installed another door, this one far... More >>

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