The skyline, the sunsets, the fog, the wine…San Francisco was made for falling in love. With so many gorgeous views and cozy corners throughout the city, it’s easy to find the perfect romantic spot — not only on Valentine’s Day, but every day. TAKE A STROLL In a city as beautiful as San Francisco, sparking romance can be as simple as taking a walk. Trek across the Golden Gate Bridge, hike through the Presidio — where you can take that special someone to a real-life “Lover’s Lane” — or meander around Golden Gate Park and stop at the Conservatory of Flowers. Make your stroll even sweeter by taking one of Gourmet Walks’ chocolate tours, where sampling treats from the city’s best chocolatiers will leave you on a romantic sugar high. DINNER WITH A VIEW San Francisco rates as one of the world’s top culinary destinations, boasting literally thousands of restaurants. But to make it a special occasion, choose one with a view. Lovers can gaze upon artist Leo Villareal’s monumental light sculpture known as The Bay Lights, illuminating the western span of the Bay Bridge. Waterbar or Waterfront Restaurant offers a five-star dining experience, complete with a view of this stunning light installation. For wraparound panoramas of the skyline, go to Top of the Mark’s rooftop bar to watch the sunset or take in the sparkling city lights. The historic Cliff House is another special spot, perched above the Pacific Ocean on a rocky promontory. SAIL THE BAY Instead of just looking out at the bay, you and your sweetheart may opt to spend the evening on the water. Might we suggest a sunset cruise for two? Multiple tour operators, including Hornblower and Bay Adventures, offer a variety of dreamy dinner and cocktail cruise options where you can you dance the night away or step outside to enjoy the dazzling city views. Many companies also feature special Valentine’s Day packages. ART APPRECIATION Set the scene for a fun and thought-provoking date by visiting one of San Francisco’s myriad cultural attractions. Walk with your sweetie hand-in-hand and admire more than 150 of Robert Rauschenberg’s paintings, sculptures and other artworks in the retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through March 25. Something a little more overt in mind? Visit Casanova: The Seduction of Europe at the Legion of Honor, Feb. 10-May 28. Or spend the evening laughing together at the hilarious and big-hearted musical The Book of Mormon, playing at the SHN Orpheum Theatre Feb. 6 – March 6.
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