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The Marina has its fabulous bay views, parklands, and street after street of Victorian beauties, along with two must-see museums: the science-oriented Exploratorium, and the world-class Palace of the Legion of Honor. Golden Gate Park has undergone recent flux, most notably in the rebuilding of the de Young Museum, unveiled in 2005 with its striking copper facade and spiraling tower. Dunn then brings you through the up-and-coming Haight-Ashbury district and over to the Civic Center area, where the Asian Art Museum and its monumental collection of Asian art mesmerizes. Finally, you explore the revitalized South of Market area, showcasing the Modern Museum of Art, the new Giants stadium, and the Ferry Building, which, while still working as a ferry terminal, contains a vibrant assortment of upscale shops and wine-tasting bars. There are special in-depth features on the cable cars, the Beat generation, the Mission District's murals, and more, as well as specially commissioned 3-D artworks, including a magnificent rendition of Alcatraz.
You can also get to know some of the neighborhoods better through guided walking tours--one, for instance, highlights Haight-Ashbury, while another focuses on Union Square. The book is rounded out with detailed background information, including a wide variety of restaurants and hotels and important travel information.
Completely updated and revised, with brand-new photographs, the 4th edition includes new experiential sidebars, insider tips from National Geographic experts and others, as well as a useful "charting your trip" section that helps you plot your upcoming trip to the Golden State.