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Why You Should Visit The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco

The Japanese Tea Garden, located inside the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, is the oldest public Japanese Garden in the United States. It contains over 4-acres of manicured trees and plants as well as Japanese inspired architecture.  For non-residents, entry is $10 per adult in Fall and Winter and $12 in Spring and Summer. …

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Natural Bridges State Beach: Alternative to Santa Cruz’s Boardwalk

Natural Bridges State Beach is a gorgeous beach in Santa Cruz, California. Located at 2531 W Cliff Dr., this beach has tidepools, hiking trails, and even a butterfly preserve. If you choose to park in the parking lot in front of the beach, you’ll have to pay $10. Otherwise, you can just park on the …

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San Mateo Japanese Garden: Tranquility In The Peninsula

Visiting all the Japanese gardens in the Bay Area is definitely a hobby of mine. I’ve been to just about all of them! And although the San Mateo Japanese Garden is small, it certainly doesn’t disappoint!  Here are some other Japanese gardens you may enjoy in the Bay Area:  Hakone Estate in Saratoga Japanese Gardens …

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Claremont Canyon: A Panoramic Hill 6 Mile Loop

The Panoramic Hill loop at Claremont Canyon is a moderate to intense 6.2-mile hike. You’ll need hiking shoes for this hike as the trail gets extremely steep at certain points and there is loose gravel. Bring water, some snacks, and be prepared to see one of the best views of the Bay Area.  Getting To …

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Hayward Shoreline: A Serene And Romantic Walk By The Bay

The Hayward Regional Shoreline is the perfect location for a peaceful bike ride or even a romantic stroll by the bay. Located at 3050 West Winton Avenue in Hayward, California, the Shoreline is free to park and enter. They are open between 5 am and 10 pm and dogs are allowed.  The Hayward Shoreline is …

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Japanese Friendship Garden In San Jose

It’s no secret that I love Japanese gardens. I’ve been to almost every Japanese garden in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose is amongst that list! Check out my other adventures at other Japanese gardens below! Hakone Estate in Saratoga Japanese Garden in Hayward San Mateo Japanese Garden in …

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The Arizona Garden: Amazing Cactus Garden In Stanford, CA

The Arizona Garden is a quaint garden located in the north-western part of the Stanford campus, adjacent to the Children’s hospital. Entry is free and you can enjoy the variety of cacti as well as get some great photo opportunities and is open 24/7. Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links in which I may …

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