San Francisco – Everyday Insider (TM) – Trip 33

These are the last stops on the San Francisco 49 Mile Drive roster, and frankly, their order doesn’t make any geographic sense. But these become singelton, of-choice venues. No need to go to them, except if there is a reason, with the exception of the Art Museum.

Moscone Center, is San Francisco’s main convention center – named for a poor mayor, in my opinion. It offers more than 1 million square feet of space, and is one of the biggest column-free exhibit halls in the United Sates. Also located in the central blocks of Yerba Buena Gardens are the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Rooftop children’s area.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is housed in an impressive new building, and it is the principal center for modern art in the Bay Area. I may bring an article about it at a later date.

AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants national baseball team, evokes the intimate feeling of classic ball parks across the land, is located in SoMa, and is near the Bay. It is a new sports park.

Other Sports Arenas: Monster Park is the home of the San Francisco 49ers (football) – again taking it’s name away because of funding. The original venue was Kezar Stadium, on the edge of Golden Gate Park, where it is now just a running-track. Football has taken over San Francisco’s former baseball park, which also has had a constant change of names, as “sponsors” required their corporate name to be attached. For me, it will ALWAYS be Candlestick Park, as it was originally designed, and I think that should have been respected. Evidently, so did the voters. It is now Candlestick Park, permanently via a winning ballot measure. It is located out on a promentory of San Francisco Bay, but the surrounding neighborhood is not a particularly good one. The team will head to Santa Clara in 2014.

The Cow Palace, in South San Francisco, has been the indoor arena which has hosted several presidential political party conferences, as well as sports contests, trade shows and entertainment events.

San Francisco International Airport, which is whi14 miles (24 km) south via the freeway. It is San Francisco’s gateway to the Pacific and to the world. There are several ways that you can use to come into the City from there. I’ll probably write an article more specifically on this topic.

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