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Scenic view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
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Sea Lions sunbath on the docks off Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California
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One of the best things about travel is it’s often such a rich learning experience.

Northern California offers so many cultural experiences and so many opportunities to learn, starting with its world-class museums and various ethnic neighborhoods. Whether you’re traveling with kids, or you just have a curious mind, the San Francisco Bay area provides so many opportunities to broaden your knowledge of the world.

A Multitude of Museums

We started in beautiful Golden Gate Park, full of sculptures and statues, a kind of “one-stop shop” for museums. First we went to the De Young Museum to explore its collection of contemporary art. Then, we went to the California Academy of Sciences, where we enjoyed a fascinating show about the Hubble telescope at the planetarium. It was fun to see a colony of African penguins at play in the Steinhart Aquarium. After a visit to Cal Academy, we took a moment to rest and reflect at the Japanese Tea Garden in the park.  We also took a short drive outside San Francisco, less than an hour, to San Jose, where the technology lovers in our group enjoyed the Intel Museum and the Tech Museum of Innovation.  

The following day we were in for a treat back in San Francisco when we went to the Exploratorium, because we didn’t just observe the exhibits, but we got to interact as well. It’s a great option for kids! And, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was just enormous, an awe-inspiring collection for lovers of 20th century art.

San Francisco art gallery

San Francisco art gallery
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