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San Francisco’s Yerba Buena: culture, art, innovation

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A walking tour through San Francisco's vibrant Yerba Buena neighborhood

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Centered around Yerba Buena Gardens, this San Francisco neighborhood is a hub of art, culture and creativity.  It is home to some of the city’s most thought provoking art museums and it’s where Steve jobs unveiled the first iPhone. This half-day walking tour will give you a feel for San Francisco’s diversity and innovative spirit.


Starting Point: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Start with an outside-the-box view of what can be achieved when imagination and creativity run free. Whether you are interested in modern art, architecture, or people-watching in unique surroundings, walking into SFMOMA is like a breath of fresh air.  View the permanent and temporary exhibitions or simply wander through the public spaces, which feature art installations for public viewing. Stop by the museum store for unique gift, home and personal wares.

Exit the museum from the main entry and cross the street, then make a left onto Third Street and a right onto Howard Street where you will be flanked by the Moscone Center on either side. Pop in if there is an event of interest, or continue down the street to the Children’s Creativity Museum and Carousel at the corner of Howard and Fourth Street. On the opposite corner, large glass windows offer a peak inside Moscone West, where the original iPhone was introduced by Steve Jobs at the Macworld Conference & Expo in January 2007.

Turn right onto Fourth Street and continue to Mission Street. Cross the street and and make a right onto Mission, continuing to St. Patrick Church and Jessie Square.  Stop in at Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen for a traditional pastrami or corned beef sandwich, before checking out the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

From Jessie Square, cross Mission St. and get lost in the Yerba Buena Gardens, where besides lush greenery and thoughtfully landscaped gardens, you may run into the serene Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

End the day at Samovar Tea Lounge, offering teas, sweets, and an amazing view of the gardens and their surroundings.


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