I was born and bred in the Bay Area, which means I grew up ignoring San Francisco’s cable cars. I don’t even remember my first and only time on the trolley. Even though riding the carousel at Pier 39 is an indelible childhood memory, the cable car is not. That’s right: Pier 39 trumps the cable car for as long as I can remember. Ouch. read more »
In 2013, the Exploratorium is moving from the Palace of Fine Arts to Pier 15, on San Francisco’s historic Embarcadero. Located on the waterfront, just a 10-minute walk from the landmark Ferry Building, the new nine-acre campus will be easily accessible by visitors coming from every part of the Bay Area — and beyond. read more »
For six months in 2011, Cindy Sherman held the distinction of having made the priciest photograph ever sold at auction. It fetched $3,890,500. Two years before that, an exhibition titled "The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984" at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art certified Sherman as the pre-eminent artist in a cohort that includes David Salle, Robert Longo, Richard Prince and Sherrie Levine. read more »
While the San Francisco Bay Area is amply dotted in brightly colored, provocative art, famed muralist Ray Patlan recommends that visitors start in San Francisco’s Mission District if they want to experience a close collection of established and exciting mural artwork. The Mission District’s Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley offer visitors the tightest concentration of murals in the city. read more »
Okay, first thing I learned here is never, I mean never, refer to it as 'Frisco.' City by the Bay, no problem. The Paris of the West, sure. Even Baghdad by the Bay passes muster. But not Frisco, as I discovered on a number of occasions when uttering the F-word to the locals during a recent weekend getaway to San Fran. Who knew? read more »
Cities across the country get festive for Cinco de Mayo and go crazy for half-price Mexican beers, but what exactly are we celebrating? Cinco de Mayo – or the Fifth of May - is a holiday originating in Puebla, Mexico to commemorate the last foreign battle on North American soil. The Mexican army defeated the much larger and better-equipped French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. read more »
Across the United States, and really the whole world, there are aquariums with all sorts of amazing exhibits that capture the imagination and educate us on the beauties and wonders of aquatic life. Whether you're fascinated by coral, sharks, or colorful tropical fish you can be sure to see and learn amazing things at the world's aquariums.
The graphic below shares some facts and figures about some of the accredited aquariums in the world, as well as highlights of some of the most famous aquariums in the US and abroad. In the comments, share with us one of your favorite aquarium adventures!
Spring 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of CityPASS! The idea officially launched back in 1997 after Mike Morey and Mike Gallagher came up with the great idea to bundle a city's attractions and help travelers save money. Now, 15 years later the idea has expanded into 11 North American travel destinations and created over 8,000,000 happy travelers. read more »