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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

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This
iconic park—where the Summer of Love kicked off in 1967 and dreadlocked
drummers still gather in circles—has gotten at least some updates. The de Young
Museum reopened with a Herzog & de Meuron–designed building in 2005 that
mounts blockbuster exhibits like a collection of 100-plus Picasso works on loan
from Paris. The California Academy of Sciences, whose eco-friendly Renzo Piano
structure debuted in 2008, has a 1.7 million plant “living” roof and
restaurants by star chefs Charles Phan and Loretta Keller.

Coolest Time to Visit: Sundays, when John F. Kennedy
Drive is closed to
cars and the outdoor swing-dance party, Lindy in the Park, takes place (11
a.m.–2 p.m., with free beginner lessons at noon).

America's Coolest City Parks

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

This
iconic park—where the Summer of Love kicked off in 1967 and dreadlocked
drummers still gather in circles—has gotten at least some updates. The de Young
Museum reopened with a Herzog & de Meuron–designed building in 2005 that
mounts blockbuster exhibits like a collection of 100-plus Picasso works on loan
from Paris. The California Academy of Sciences, whose eco-friendly Renzo Piano
structure debuted in 2008, has a 1.7 million plant “living” roof and
restaurants by star chefs Charles Phan and Loretta Keller.

Coolest Time to Visit: Sundays, when John F. Kennedy
Drive is closed to
cars and the outdoor swing-dance party, Lindy in the Park, takes place (11
a.m.–2 p.m., with free beginner lessons at noon).

Steve Lewis Stock / Alamy

America's Coolest City Parks

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