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I have always enjoyed visiting San Francisco. Ever since attending college there, I’ve been enchanted by the city by the bay. Of all the historical landmarks and other points of interest found throughout the city, my favorite place to pass the time is The Palace of Fine Arts. This much admired structure is one of the last remaining remnants associated with The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Much like popular world’s fairs, previously held in Chicago and St. Louis, this exposition promised to draw millions of visitors to a city still rebounding from the devastation of The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. Initially conceived to commemorate the recent opening of The Panama Canal, The Panama-Pacific International Exposition instead became a

Palace of Fine Arts - practical information

The Palace of Fine Arts is one of the most recognizable and photographed landmarks in San Francisco. It has been featured in numerous television and movies including being George Lucas's inspiration for  Queen Amidala's royal residence in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most importantly holds a special place in the hearts of San Franciscans.


The Golden Gate Bridge spanning the stretch of water between San Francisco and Marin Counties is considered to be the official starting point of The Redwood Highway (U.S. Route 101). This highway takes its name from the coastal redwood tree (Sequoia Sempervirens). The name is believed to have originated from Spanish padres of the Gaspar de Portola expedition in 1769. They called the evergreen giants they saw “palo colorado”,

Muir Woods transportation

There is no cell service or WiFi at Muir Woods so finalize your return trip arrangements before arriving. This includes downloading tickets, vouchers, or confirmation numbers. 

Shuttle run on year-round from 3 locations in Sausalito on weekends and holidays and daily from June 18 to August 10. Reservations ($3) are required in advance; arrive no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Connections include:

Pier 39 Fireworks

Fireworks over the bay are a favourite of visitors and locals alike in San Francisco. Embers reflect in the water and the noise echos off buildings to make it a unique viewing experience and photo opportunity. Saturday, March 24 Pier 39 will celebrate the beginning of Spring with a DJ and other events at 6:30 pm and fireworks at 8:30pm. Prime viewing spots fill up early so find yours early.   

The Golden Gate Bridge: An Appreciation

The Golden Gate Strait, the entrance to San Francisco Bay, is spanned by the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. My personal recollections date back to childhood, crossing the span in the car with my parents and being awestruck at the immensity of it. Later, I marveled at its beauty. And more recently,

I am pleased to introduce our talented colleague and contributor Domingo Sousa. His unique style of writing blends personal reminiscences and little known facts about many loved Bay Area destinations. Please say hello on Facebook if you enjoy his posts!

He will be joined on Mind.ful Destinations by regular and guest contributors that are as passionate about the Bay Area as we are. Visit often for updates on events, promotions, and tips.

Mind.ful Destinations

What does it mean to be mindful of your destination? We believe that regardless of whether your destination is across the world or your street it’s important to pay attention to your surroundings. To enjoy the journey. To notice the sounds, smells, and the way you feel in addition to the sights. To capture images not just in your camera but in your thoughts as well. And to fill your mind with memories that will allow you to travel back whenever you want to revisit. We’ll be exploring these ideas along with practical suggestions for making the most of your trips in the coming months.

This is what Mind.ful Destinations means to us but the more important question is what does it mean to you?