ing requires a crate).
, unless they are service animals.Tagged for Dog Friendly...
Relaxation, now with stunning views...
Alamo Square's elevated and central location makes for a pleasant park - great for picnicking or just relaxing after a long day. Unless the day happens to be the 3rd Sunday of May when Alamo Square's top-of-Hayes-hill becomes a madhouse of spectators, participants and those doing a bit of both in Bay to Breakers
Alta Plaza Park
Playground with a view
Sitting on the highest peak of Pacific Heights, Alta Plaza Park (literally "high place") provides some views to the north (the bay) and amazing ones to south... and there is not a playground in SF with a better view.
Most scenic beach in SF
With a 360° views and a warmer-than-average reputation, Bernal puts the urban lowlands in their place :)
Buena Vista Park
"Good views" :)
One of SF's larger neighborhood parks, BVP mixes a large tree canopy and numerous trails with 360° views. Connecting the Haight
neighborhoods - the park vibes seedier than nearby Corona Heights
or further away Kite Hill
, although typically less so than the Panhandle
and the east side of Golden Gate
Corona Heights Park
Iron in them thar hills!
Sometimes forgotten but rarely regretted (!) Corona Heights Park offers hiking (short but exciting!), great views, picnicking, basketball, tennis, a playground and a museum
on and around dramatic red rock formations.
The bay, up close and personal :)
Sunny center of outdoor activitiy
Covering two city blocks on the Castro
side of the Mission
district, Dolores Park has more visitors per square foot than any park in the city. Tennis and basketball courts, pickup soccer, a children's playground (currently under re-construction), dogs aplenty, and expansive skyline views combine for a magically relaxing afternoon. It is delightful (and relatively safe) after dark as well. Bike polo
is on (at least temporary) hiatus
pending a political battle with the tennis players.
The unofficial recreation wing of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (run by the National Park Service
), Fort Funston provides a world renowned hang gliding►
hot spot, the city's largest and best off-leash area for dogs and a network of beautiful trails and beaches.
Golden Gate Bridge
Icon of the Golden Gate
The Golden Gate Bridge is not to be missed! It's best up close and personal. The bridge is a bit less than 2 miles across - an excellent hike or bike
ride. Be sure to wear warm clothes, as it is often windy and/or cold►
Golden Gate Park
Soul of SF
Grand View Park
A visual adventure for your inner child
icon of 1960's sex drugs and rock-n-roll, the Haight remains vibrant through a concoction of great clothes, assorted and lively street-folk, and some of the hottest hippie girls human eyes have seen.
Centerpiece of Nob Hill
Kite Hill Park
Neighborhood chill spot
San Francisco's fresh-water stepchild
In a city surrounded by ocean, the largest fresh-water body of water in San Francisco is sometimes forgotten. Lake Merced provides unique fishing (permits req'd), picnicking, bicycling, walking and running opportunities.
Best hike in San Francisco - easy!
Beautiful hikes up to 5 miles can be started at the Sutro Baths
parking lot (also accessible from the Muni
38 Geary line) and continued until it's time to turn around. The Legion of Honor
and golf course sit at the end of the trail. For those willing to walk through Seacliff
, Baker Beach
and the Presidio
are relatively accessible and offer similarly beautiful outdoor recreation.
A little gift from God
The Marin headlands offer a unforgettable (and convenient!) experience with the rugged California coast. On a clear day, San Francisco is on full display and the temperature is reliably higher on the north side of the bay. Many stunning Golden Gate Bridge
photos are shot from the headlands.
Good restaurants, nice boutiques/salons/etc, young outgoing folks and lively nightlife.. a straight Castro
! Marina entrepreneur and former Mayor Gavin Newsom
connects these dots.
Never a dull moment
Combining with BART
for a poor man's subway system, the Muni (officially "Muni Metro") light rail works well for some routes. The vehicles run below ground along the Market St corridor and otherwise operate on the roads.
The primary mode of public transportation for most areas of San Francisco - BART
and the Muni Metro
are faster and more frequent, but sparse in coverage.
The big chill...
As San Francisco's largest and most relaxed beach, Ocean Beach is a delightful break from urbanity. Even on the warmest days, there is plenty of room to throw down a towel (or t-shirt) and soak up some California rays and play in the surf►
. It's advisable to bring wind protection and a warm layer, just in case :)
Palace of Fine Arts
A little bit of Rome in SF
Not just for panhandlers...
A halfway house between urban San Francisco and the Golden Gate Park
, this long (3/4 mile) narrow (1 block) strip of park divides the Haight
and the Western Addition ("NOPA" if you're a real estate agent).
Not enough people in your life?
With stunning views over an area 40 percent larger than Golden Gate Park
, the Presidio is sometimes overlooked for outdoor adventures. An army base from 1776 (by the Spaniards, the same year as the Mission Dolores
) to 1994, and now operated by the National Park Service
, the area is not especially developed for recreation, but provides it nonetheless.
Popular for good reason
A delightful finish to the Marin Headlands
loop, Rodeo Beach is a popular and accessible beach just a short drive from the Golden Gate Bridge
(the fast and furious can hike there from the bridge).
Take a break from the clouds
Summer camp for achievers
An ever growing collection of illustrious students and faculty, a short list of mega-successful companies
, great weather (little/no fog
!), and a beautiful sprawling campus ("the farm") combine for an inspiring educational setting.
Starr King Open Space
Putting the hill in Potrero
Expansive city and bay views delight human visitors while the four-legged critters sniff out a vibrant social life - Starr King Open Space enjoys substantial popularity among both humans and dogs and regularly provides great sunset watching.
Victorian communal bathing
Tennessee + a beautiful beach
Insulated by a 2 mile hike from the end of Tennessee Valley Road, the beach is a more secluded version of Rodeo Beach
in the eye-popping Marin
The elusive treasure island...
An island with eyepopping views, 5 wineries (the grapes are imported) and only 2 places to eat can't be all bad? :)
Not just an old TV show...
When the weather is clear, Twin Peaks pops eyeballs - especially around dusk (or sunrise►
?). When it's cold, wet, windy, and/or foggy
, TP is more of a survival adventure challenge :)
University of San Francisco
Schoolgirls for Jesus
Elevated and prominently visible, San Francisco's first university makes a clean break from the Western Addition.