13. Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. These two unique and uninhabited hills, almost 1,000ft high, are not in fact the highest of San Francisco’s 43 hills, a distinction belonging to Mount Davidson which is 33 ft higher. However, they are easier to get to and offer what is perhaps the finest views out over the city and the bay.
Twin Peaks are the only hills in San Francisco not to have been built over and remain in their original state. The Spaniards called the twin peaks “Los pechos de la Chola” or the Breasts of the Indian Maiden. Even on warm days strong cool breezes blow in from the Pacific, especially in the late afternoon. Warm clothing is recommended.
14. Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum is unquestionably one of the most important museums in San Francisco. The museum opened in 1966, with the basis of the collection coming from art collector, Avery Brundage. Brundage, built up a private collection which, in 1959, he offered to the city of San Francisco “to bridge the gap between East and West”. A museum building was constructed. This museum is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.
On his death in 1975 at the age of 88, the museum also received the rest of his collection of works of art in the form of a legacy. Building on this, the museum has continued to amass various pieces and now contains an extensive collection of sculptures, paintings, bronzes, ceramics, jade carvings, and architectural fragments from Japan, Korea, China, India, Iran and other Asiatic cultures. The works cover a span of more than 6,000 years. Displays are rotated regularly. Address: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States.