Now that you can #StaySonesta in San Francisco at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, you’ll want to start planning your getaway or staycation in the Bay Area! San Francisco is a top vacation destination for many reasons, including its natural beauty, and you can easily make a day of exploring Golden Gate Park and the adjacent Ocean Beach.
Golden Gate Park is a treasure trove of natural wonder, featuring windmills and tulips, wide open meadows, gardens, forest, ponds, waterfalls, and even bison.
The Conservatory of Flowers is the oldest remaining municipal conservatory in the US and is home to a wide variety of exotic flowers as well as a butterfly habitat, a colorful delight for kids of all ages and kids at heart.
Lovers of gardening and tranquil spaces should be sure to visit the Japanese Tea House and Garden, a peaceful spot dotted with beautiful trees and flowers, statues, a waterfall, all surrounding a five story pagoda.
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Breathtaking waterfalls provide the perfect backdrop for photo ops in the park and truly make visitors feel miles away from the big city.
Other not-to-miss attractions in Golden Gate Park include the DeYoung Museum, where art and nature meet in a collection of thousands of works and artifacts from around the world, and the Golden Gate Park Aquarium, where visitors can take a break from land and explore what lies beneath the ocean’s surface.
Once you have had your fill of the stunning greenery, art, science, and fun that Golden Gate Park has to offer, walk to the end of the park to take in the salty air and sea breezes on Ocean Beach, which hosts some unforgettable California sunsets along with the famed Cliff House, a spot whose history goes back to 1863.