Golden Gate Park
Get a feel for the park just walking or biking along John F. Kennedy Drive on the eastern side. First you'll spot the gorgeous Conservatory of Flowers, a Victorian structure containing a collection of exotic plants. Continue to Music Concourse, a large oval plaza with fountains and pollarded trees that's bordered by the stunning copper de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences, recognizable by its hill-inspired living roof. It's free to go up the Hamon Observation Tower in the de Young and admire the view of the city, and if you're a speedy walker, you can take a detour to the romantic Shakespeare Garden.