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DAC Diversions

Last week we covered how to get around town while at DAC. This time, here’s a list of places to go and things to do while hanging out in San Francisco. You can’t spend all your time on the show floor after all!

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
We’re in luck a couple of different ways with this one.  First, it’s one of San Francisco’s premier art centers and it’s right around the corner from the Moscone Center.

Second, while it would usually be rather availability challenged since it doesn’t open until Thursdays, the week of DAC they’re hosting their monthly ‘First Tuesday Free Admission’ event.  Finally, they’ll be showing anime films of Hayao Yazaki and Studio Ghibli on Sunday.

Walking tour of China Town

National Geographic has posted an excellent walking tour of China Town.  The gates to Chinatown are only a few blocks from Moscone.  Interestingly, the route of the NG walking tour appears to parallel the route of a ‘pay the guide’ tour being offered.  China town is fun!  I haven’t been there since I was eight, but the fortune cookie factory featured on the walk was lots of fun back in the day!  Also, if you were hoping to hit the kite shop in Ghirardelli Square, it’s not there anymore.  There is however one on the Chinatown walking tour!

The Buena Vista, Ghirardelli Square and Art Galleries

This is where your MUNI pass comes in handy.  Head up Powell St. following the cable car line and hop on the Powell-Hyde line at a stop when either you get tired of hiking hills, or when the passengers have thinned out, whichever comes first.  The Buena Vista is at the end of the line.  They have an excellent breakfast and they’re world famous for their Irish coffee.  It might be just the thing after hanging out at one of the DAC parties a bit later than you should have.  Exiting the Buena Vista onto Beach St. and heading left, there are a number of interesting art galleries available as you head towards Ghirardelli Square, home of the Ghirardelli chocolate company.  The mochas and any other dishes involving chocolate are excellent!

 California Academy of Sciences

Finally, consider checking out the California Academy of Sciences.  They’ve got a number of interesting attractions including a new planetarium show narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson about dark matter and dark energy.




One Response to “DAC Diversions”

  1. Blog REview - Mon. May 26 2014 | Systems Design Engineering Community Says:

    [...] for DAC 2014, Hamilton Carter has prepared some tips for travelers to make the most of any free time in San Francisco. The Ghiradelli chocolate factory is on the list – [...]

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