49 Mile Scenic Drive

Signage for the 49 Mile Scenic Drive
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California is known for several tourist destinations and if you are planning a trip to this wonderful state, then dropping by San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive is definitely a must. It features some of the city’s major historical structures and attractions. History shows that it was opened on September 14, 1938 to promote the Golden Gate International Exposition, which was scheduled to open a year after. The drive has a magnificent view of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. Pre-1955, blue and gold triangular signs were used to denote the trek. These days, a blue and white seagull sign will guide you through the drive. The route starts at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Hayes Street.

As mentioned above, along the whole 49-mile stretch sits some of the famous tourist destinations in California. First and foremost is City Hall, which also features the Museum of Modern Art, the Civic Center and the Asian Art Museum.

For those who love water adventure and scenic views by the beach, you can visit the North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Aquatic Park and Baker Beach. Other notable places that visitors frequent would be Chinatown, Japantown, as well as Nob Hill and Russian Hill. If you are inclined towards history, discovery, science and the arts, then you can visit the Palace of Fine Arts, Letterman Digital Arts Center, Battery Chamberlin, the Cannery, the Academy of Sciences, the Marina Green, Crissy Field, the San Francisco Zoo.

If you just do not have ample time to plan your visit to California, a tour along the 49 Mile Scenic Drive will prove sufficient and satisfying.

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