Fodor's Expert Review San Francisco National Maritime Museum
You'll feel as if you're out to sea when you step aboard, er, inside this sturdy, ship-shape, streamline-moderne structure dubbed the Bathhouse Building. The first floor of the museum, part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, has stunningly restored undersea dreamscape murals and some of the museum's intricate ship models. The first-floor balcony overlooks the beach and has lovely WPA-era tile designs. If you've got young kids in tow, the museum makes a great quick, free stop. Then pick up ice cream at Ghirardelli Square across the street and enjoy it on the beach or next door in Victorian Park, where you can watch the cable cars turn around.