The San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to exceptionally beautiful and rare plants from all parts of the world. However, native plants such as the Redwoods, the tallest trees in the world, are also found here. The Botanical Garden is located in the eastern part of the "Golden Gate Park".
The "Japanese Garden" of San Francisco was created for an exhibition in 1894 and later extended by the garden architect Makoto Hagiwara until 1942. Zen garden, cherry blossoms, koi pond, pagodas, bridges and Japanese plants make the "Japanese Tea Garden" a small paradise.
Where the "Golden Gate Park" meets the Pacific Ocean, there is "Ocean Beach". The long sandy beach is a perfect location for sunset only a few kilometers away from Downtown San Francisco.
If you drive to the north over the Golden Gate Bridge, you will quickly reach the huge Redwoods at Muir Woods. The Muir family donated this land in 1908 to the state of California, in order to preserve the forest. Even if the trees here don't grow quite as impressive into the sky as in the famous Redwoods National Park, the Muir Woods offer a nearby alternative.
If you drive from the Muir Woods to the coast, you will reach the Pacific at Muir Beach. The road meanders gently along the hills of the cliff to Stinson Beach. Highway 1 offers beautiful views over the rugged coastal landscape, the most famous view point is the Muir Beach Overlook. Here you can still see old bunkers from the Second World War, when America feared an invasion by the Japanese.