The De Young Museum, San Francisco

The De Young, in Golden Gate Park, is a bit of a schlep from the tourist hangouts of Fisherman's Wharf and the Union Square hotels, but it's well worth the cab fare. The museum's ninth-floor observation deck offers a 360-degree view of the western end of the city, including the upper-most spires of the Golden Gate Bridge. Scope out the sights through the floor-to-ceiling windows, then head downstairs to the rest of the museum. It's particularly strong in American art, especially art from California, and has a significant textiles collection. Upcoming: "Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George," Feb. 15- May 11. Info:
De Young Museum, San Francisco
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