50 Stow Lake Dr, San Francisco, CA, United States
One of the most photogenic spots in Golden Gate Park, this placid body of water surrounds Strawberry Hill. A couple of bridges allow you to cross over and ascend the hill (the old 19th-century stone bridge on the southwest side of the lake is especially quaint). A waterfall cascades from the top of the hill, and panoramic views make it worth the short hike up here. Down below, rent a boat, surrey, or bicycle, or stroll around the perimeter. Just to the left of the waterfall sits the elaborate Chinese Pavilion, a gift from the city of Taipei. It was shipped in 6,000 pieces and assembled on the shore of Strawberry Hill Island in 1981. OPEN: Boat rentals daily 10-4, surrey and bicycle rentals weekdays 9-dusk, weekends 10-dusk.