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December 5, 2016

San Francisco Frequently Asked Questions: What Places Can I Visit Along the 49-Mile Scenic Drive?

What are some places I can visit along the 49-Mile Scenic Drive? Nicole from the San Francisco Visitor Information Center answers this week's question.

Overview
The 49-Mile Scenic Drive was first conceived in 1938 to highlight major points and destinations around the city. It's pretty fun to drive. All you have to do is follow the blue line on one of our maps, which you can get at the Visitor Information Center.

Here are some of our favorite places:

Stop 24: The Presidio
Stop here for the Walt Disney Family Museum, one of the Bay Area's most inspirational venues, welcoming visitors to an historic building that reveals 40,000 square feet of imagination. Contemporary interactive galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits are narrated in Walt's own voice, and feature early drawings, cartoons and movies. There's music, listening stations, more than 200 video screens, and a spectacular model of Disneyland. While there, you can also enjoy daily screenings of Disney classics.

Stop 35: De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park
Located next to the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum includes significant collections of American painting, sculpture and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts, and international contemporary art. It's all housed within a copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

Stop 30: San Francisco Zoo
The San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is home to more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species. During the month of December, check out the holiday lights all over the park.

Stop 37: Twin Peaks
A permanent fixture of the city landscape, you get your first glimpse of Twin Peaks towering over the city as you ride across the Bay Bridge. Located in the geographical center of San Francisco with an elevation of about 925 feet (282 m), Twin Peaks offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the city, the bay and the ocean beyond.

Stop 38: Explore the Mission District
Named for Mission Dolores founded in 1776, San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood has some of its hottest new restaurants and galleries. It also boasts some of the best weather, perfect for exploring.

Stop 47: AT&T Park
Home to the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is the perfect place to see a ballgame or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. You can take them year-round.

Learn more about the 49-Mile Scenic Drive. Stay tuned for next week's SF FAQ.

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