The Walt Disney Family Museum

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104 Montgomery St.

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True Disney aficionados would be remiss to skip The Walt Disney Family Museum, which delves into the history around the iconic creator. The museum's galleries begin with Walt Disney's childhood and trace his life through the construction of Disneyland, highlighting his legacy and various achievements along the way. Rotating exhibitions widen the museum's berth and offer a closer look at the artists and animators who helped inspire classic characters such as Pinocchio and Mickey Mouse.

Past visitors were impressed by how thoroughly the museum explains Walt Disney's early life. They also praised the museum's interactive displays, saying that there is a good mix of reading and video to keep museum patrons entertained.

The Walt Disney Family Museum sits in the Presidio, in the northern part of San Francisco. Metered parking is available throughout the neighborhood, while travelers can also take the free PresidiGo Shuttle, plus the No. 45, 43 and 28 buses stop near the attraction. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, excluding major holidays, and the last entry is at 4:45 p.m. General admission tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors ages 65 and older, and $15 for youths ages 6 to 17; children 5 and younger and military personnel are granted free entry. Film screenings and special exhibition venues cost extra. For more information, visit The Walt Disney Family Museum's website.

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The Golden Gate Bridge's vaulting, orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made it one of the West Coast's most enduring symbols and the city's most popular tourist attraction. The bridge's name, "Golden Gate," actually refers to the body of water it spans (the Golden Gate Strait that connects the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay), and was built to make travel between San Francisco and Marin County an easier feat. 

There are plenty of great spots to capture a snap of the majestic bridge. But if you want a truly postcard-worthy shot, head to the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, situated high on a hill overlooking San Francisco. If you have extra time, make sure to explore the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The actual span of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompasses multiple places in San Mateo (south of San Francisco), San Francisco and Marin Counties (Alcatraz and Muir Woods included), but notable parts of this recreation area can be found just a stroll away from the Golden Gate. From the bridge, travelers will find some scenic, bayside trails, some of which lead to secluded beaches, including Kirby Cove and Black Sands Beach. If you really want a trek, journey to the Point Bonita Lighthouse for sweeping views of the bay, found at the very tip of the Golden Gate Strait.

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