Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Waterfall

San Francisco, California

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Downtown San Francisco encompasses more than a bustling financial and shopping district; it’s also home to Yerba Buena Gardens and its man-made memorial waterfall, an inspirational diversion in the heart of the city. The 20-foot-high, 50-foot-wide sheet of water that washes over the stone and glass memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. in Yerba Buena Gardens radiates power, peace, and hope. The lack of a monumental natural setting doesn’t hinder this waterfall’s ability to inspire: It invokes turbulence and cleansing, both central to the legacy of the great man it honors, and it brings people together, no matter their own legacies, which was what the great man wanted.
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by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Downtown San Francisco encompasses more than a bustling financial and shopping district; it’s also home to Yerba Buena Gardens and its man-made memorial waterfall, an inspirational diversion in the heart of the city.

The 20-foot-high, 50-foot-wide sheet of water that washes over the stone and glass memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. in Yerba Buena Gardens radiates power, peace, and hope. The lack of a monumental natural setting doesn’t hinder this waterfall’s ability to inspire: It invokes turbulence and cleansing, both central to the legacy of the great man it honors, and it brings people together, no matter their own legacies, which was what the great man wanted.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 0.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 10-40 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103; (415) 820-3550; yerbabuenagardens.com. San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, 900 Market St., Hallidie Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102-2804; (415) 391-2000; www.sanfrancisco.travel.
Local Maps: USGS San Francisco North CA; yerbabuenagardens.com/map/
Driving Directions: Directions to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Waterfall

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