Old buildings are relics of bygone eras -- three-dimensional structures that can evoke the past through an accessible art form. In the character of a building -- an adobe hut, a Roman column, a castle on a hill -- a whole history can be revealed.
A distinct component of the San Francisco skyline, Coit Tower stands out from the crowd. North of the Financial District's highrises, the 210-foot art deco tower juts into the sky from the top of Telegraph Hill. For many, the highlight of visiting the tower is taking an elevator ride to the top for a wonderful panorama of the city, the bay, and its famous islands and bridges.
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Hidden in the gritty streets of San Francisco's Tenderloin District is a burgeoning urban art scene. While it may be difficult to spot at first glance, if you look for it, you'll find creativity flourishing in the innovative galleries that dot the neighborhood. In these places, the Tenderloin reveals itself as a fantastic destination for people who are seeking to find what's at the fringes and the forefront of the art world.
From nature-inspired coastal art to Native American artifacts, Northern California's rich ecology, history, and artistic traditions have been well documented by some of the region's lesser-known museums and cultural centers.