Once we arrived in San Francisco, we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and decided to go right out and explore right away. There was no time to waste! We called a driver and found ourselves at one of the most iconic places in the Bay Area… The Palace of Fine Arts.
The Palace of Fine Arts is one of those places that take your breath away when you see it. You feel as if you have been dropped into Ancient Rome, and all you can possibly do is marvel at it. The area is full of peace, tranquility, beauty and majesty. The California breeze is sweet and inviting as you look at the gorgeous wildlife and structures. The water splashes and drifts as turtles and birds enjoy this relaxing place. (It is very accessible if you do not like walking down hills, there are stairs and a walking path. The path extends around the palace, and is not too difficult of a walk. You will actually be able to view it from all sides as it makes a loop around the building.)
Here is a little bit of history/information for you as well. The Palace of Fine Arts is located in the Marina District. It was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to exhibit works of art. The structure was redone in 1964-1974 and it is one of the only few structures left from the Exposition. The iconic place is also on the “U.S. National Register of Historic Places.” It was meant to model ancient Roman Ruins.
If you are in the San Francisco area, this is a must see, and I would highly recommend it. I will leave some resources for you for more up to date information, and remember to click that subscribe button! P.S. There is a rumor that George Lukas created R2D2 off the design of the palace, but I can not confirm or deny this!