Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA

8

The Palace of Fine Arts is an architectural beauty, and one of the many locations that make San Francisco such a wonderful city.

If you want a beautiful, quiet, relaxing place to take you away from the busy streets of San Francisco, consider the Palace of Fine Arts. While this location might not offer a lot of adventurous activities, it will provide you with a sense of calm and ease.

You can take a leisurely stroll around the pond and enjoy the spectacular views of the iconic dome. You may even realize as you are walking around that a few movies have been filmed here, including The Rock and Vertigo. Be sure to stop along the way and sit at one of the many benches located around the pond, so that you can take in all the surrounding plants, flowers, and wildlife (mostly ducks and swans).

Also, make sure that you get up close to the giant columns and buildings so that you can see all the detailed carvings and artwork. You should also look around at some of the surrounding houses that line the park as I am sure they are very expensive, judging by their size and location.

A couple of notes about visiting the Palace of Fine Arts : it is very kid friendly, lots of room for the young ones to run around and have fun, parking is free at the back of the building, but get there early or you might not get a space, there is also a science exploratorium for the whole family if you have a lot of time to spend here. I think the Palace of Fine Arts is a great location for anyone to visit and relax and see a different side of San Francisco.

written by jblaze823 on 2009-07-16 in #world #locations #pond #building #fountains #yashica #birds #stroll #relaxing #holga #architecture #water #beautiful #diana-f

8 Comments

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Pretty and relaxing ! Very nice gallery, especially the 120 shots !

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Looks like a nice relaxing place......I like your pics!

  3. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    Thanks for the compliments, this is such a cool spot that I recently rediscovered after not having been there for about 20 years.

  4. migueld
    migueld ·

    god, i miss living in the bay area... i used to go to the palace of fine arts all the time just to sketch and hang out!

  5. jaypolkest
    jaypolkest ·

    Yes I like this article, I've only ever been to San Francisco once but what I saw I liked,and I would be lured back with this kind of insight into area,

  6. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    Yeah, it is a great spot in a great city thanks for the comments

  7. devrimarie
    devrimarie ·

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I will be sure to visit!

  8. tttheresa
    tttheresa ·

    If you go at night you can climb up to the top of the pillars with some good friends and a bottle of wine and watch the car lights crawl across the Golden Gate Bridge (also, you might catch a troupe of disco roller skaters who invade and make a roller symphony with the brilliant acoustics). This is really one of the best spots in the city at night. :)

More Interesting Articles

  • Off the Beaten Track: The Wonderful Churches of Palermo

    written by sirio174 on 2014-06-02 in #world #locations
    Off the Beaten Track: The Wonderful Churches of Palermo

    If you are in search of a lesser known European city full of nice examples of art and architecture, I would recommend that you visit Palermo, the capital of the region of Sicily in the South of Italy. This city is rich with wonderful churches, squares, fountains, and other important monuments and buildings! Take a look after the jump!

  • A Salute to the Masters: Street Photography in Ischia and Procida (A Tribute to Bruno Barbey)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-08-30 in #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Street Photography in Ischia and Procida (A Tribute to Bruno Barbey)

    The French photographer Bruno Barbey took a series of photos in Southern Italy in the '60s, many of these in the city of Naples. In this tribute to a great master of social and street photography, I'll show you a series of photos that I took in the islands of Ischia and Procida located a few kilometers from this wonderful city. Read more after the jump!

    1
  • Fresh from the Lab: Modern Architecture in Valencia

    written by sirio174 on 2014-08-14 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the Lab: Modern Architecture in Valencia

    Between the end of July and the beginning of August this year, I traveled around Spain, from Barcelona to Gibraltar, then up to Toledo and again down to Zaragoza. With photos fresh from the lab, I'll show you the wonderful architecture of the City of The Arts and Sciences of Valencia in this article. Take a look after the jump!

    1
  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Reviews on Rewind: Pop 9

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-29 in #gear #reviews
    Reviews on Rewind: Pop 9

    The Pop 9 is an analog multilens wonder that allows you to take a mosaic of nine images in one frame à la Andy Warhol's famous pop art. In this Reviews on Rewind installment, we dug through our archives and found these informative reviews of the Pop 9 - just in case you're looking into snagging a fun camera in your arsenal!

  • Transient Living: The Craft and the Craftsmen of Denver, Colorado

    written by maliha on 2014-12-10 in #world #locations
    Transient Living: The Craft and the Craftsmen of Denver, Colorado

    The people of a city, to me, speak volumes about its culture and sense of community. And that is why I sought out the people who make Denver that much more interesting after the initial period of settling down. My search lead to a few establishments that have contributed to making Denver what it is today. In the second story on Transient Living, I present to you two of such establishments: The Craftsman & Apprentice, and A Small Print Shop.

    2
  • Light is Magical: A Talk With Li Hui

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-04-10 in #people #news #lifestyle
    Light is Magical: A Talk With Li Hui

    Photography is not only an act of documentation or communication, it is also a way of seeing the world. The camera opens our eyes and lets us see what lies behind the obvious, and we start looking at things as potential subjects of a photograph. Every leak of light unveils secrets that talented photographers turn into a piece of art. Li Hui is one of those gifted artists. We talked to her about her work and her sensitive photographs that picture a wonderful vulnerability.

    8
  • Shop News

    Lubitel & film bundle

    Lubitel & film bundle

    This beautiful camera features such ability to let users choose and switch between 35mm or 120 formats! Shoot more, save more! Get this Lubitel camera and get 15% discounts with Lomography Films!

  • Photo of the Day by avola

    written by cheeo on 2014-04-27 in #news
    Photo of the Day by avola

    Stunning architecture analogue snap that resembles a fine contact print - all with the help of a little imagination and creative use of her surroundings! Congratulations to avola for winning our Photo of the Day!

    6
  • The Lomo LC-A Goes to New York City

    written by givesmehell on 2015-03-12 in #world #locations
    The Lomo LC-A Goes to New York City

    New York City is the busiest and most populous city in the USA. Home to 8.5 million people, it is a massive melting pot. The city embraces many different cultures, which makes it home to many immigrants, too. Let's take a look at NYC through the lens of the Lomo LC-A!

    1
  • Horizon Streetscape Story Rumble

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-05-14 in #competitions
    Horizon Streetscape Story Rumble

    Take your Horizon cameras out for an afternoon walk around the busiest street of your city and show us a sweeping streetscape snapshot that will make us swoon!

    24
  • Shop News

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply without hurting your budget. At 30% off you can now experiment with 8 sequential shots in one 35mm print! Tell stories in 2.5 seconds with 8 scenes in one shot!

  • Incredible Works on the Petzval Lens by Emily Soto

    written by givesmehell on 2015-03-24 in #people #lomoamigos
    Incredible Works on the Petzval Lens by Emily Soto

    Emily Soto is an accomplished fashion photographer based in New York City. Soto is known for her unique style and professional aptitude and she is one of the top names requested by fashion editors. Soto shot a series of photographs with the Petzval Lens. Let’s find out more through this exclusive interview and view her beautiful series!

    10
  • Art Shack Art Supply Store

    written by rviferreira on 2015-01-11 in #world #locations
    Art Shack Art Supply Store

    At the geographic center of the Canadian Maritime Provinces, right at the heart of Moncton city lies the Art Shack, an art supply store and studio. Originally established in Sackville NB, the Art Shack art supply store and studio is run by local artists. It provides a myriad of art materials and framing, and focus an approach of education through art to the surrounding communities. Some of the most iconic Lomography analogue cameras are available at the store.

  • Leslie Lindell Takes the Petzval Lens to Dance with Native Americans

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-02-23 in #people #lomoamigos
    Leslie Lindell Takes the Petzval Lens to Dance with Native Americans

    Leslie Lindell is a Californian photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She shoots photos of regular people doing regular things, capturing life and lifestyle. A cookbook which contains photographs that she took won the 2014 IACP Cookbook of the Year award. That same year, Lindell attended the 51st Shoshone Bannock Powwow Festival at the Fort Hall Reservation just outside of Pocatello, Idaho and shot some colorful pictures with the Petzval Lens.

    1