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Palace of Fine Arts

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Address: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone Number: 415 563 6504, 415 561 0364
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Description: Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a...
Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.
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Last remaining World's Fair Building

Go see the exhibit on the World's Fair at the California Historical Society first, then you can truly appreciate this building. It is an impressive building on it's own--a nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Go see the exhibit on the World's Fair at the California Historical Society first, then you can truly appreciate this building. It is an impressive building on it's own--a nice place to wander on a spring day, but even better with historical context.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Be sure you have your camera! This park is such a wonderful asset to the city! Walking around the monument is such a lovely walk, and you can admire the detail of the art. When you're there, it's always more fun to have another person with you, or maybe even a picnic. If you look across the Bay and see... More 

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Conifer, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful structure with great scenery & wildlife. Enjoyed a nice walk around the area. Could be a very peaceful place depending on the crowd.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Nice historical site. Created around 1910 for a world's fair/expo. Amazing carvings/architecture. Definitely a feeling of time travel/look into the past. Serene space. I don't recommend going inside...there wasn't much going on. This is more of a walk around and enjoy the grounds type of place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The museum is over Marina district in San Francisco and it's super beautiful. A must go in San Francisco, you don't even have to go inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This is a perfect place for family or friending chilling or if you love drawing or taking pictures. Lovely place with spectacular architectures, lake and green. What else do you need?

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Cartagena, Colombia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The architecture and park-like setting are truly awe inspiring. Just don't expect to see any fine art. This grand dame of The City deserves to be the premier art museum that it was after the Pan Pacific Exposition. Great for strolling, photography, a wedding or party venue. Just don't expect any fine arts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

On this day we had been wandering about in SF almost all day with this particular sight at the end of it. We got there, took a spot in the grass and just closed our eyes. Really relaxing place with water, trees, beautiful buildings and people going there for a nice view or walk.

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Tracy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Ideal place for a morning, afternoon, or night stroll! The architecture is truly impressive amidst all the trees and the beautiful lake. It's impossible to take a bad photo here. Just make sure to secure your parked car and leave no valuables behind, especially if you're coming to visit from out of state. On a visit here a few years... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful afternoon post-brunch walk. I like to do this on sunny weekend afternoons. Its romantic and calming. Some days there are swans in the lake and those are pretty gorgeous! For those of you looking for a place ot get married, its just gorgeous in palace of fine arts. You will click the most beautiful pictures ever!

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Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighborhood into a party-going hotspot.
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