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.
Escape from Alcatraz
's bigger and less-developed sibling, Angel Island provides unbelievable views on 14 miles of trails - truly a hidden gem! Hiking and biking
are recommended, and for those with sea legs kayaking
and a Segway
tours are also available. Camping
is an unforgettable experience, but fills up quickly - the group sites are regularly booked a year in advance.
Most scenic beach in SF
A visual stimulator
The namesake tower gets the attention - but the hike and the views►
are the main attraction!
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►
Grand View Park
Who needs a gym membership?
Rockin' and occasionally rollin
' - the San Andreas Fault
created San Francisco's collection of famous hills - Lombard Street
, Nob Hill
, Twin Peaks
, Telegraph Hill
, Pacific Heights - and a large collection of lesser known perches (eg, Bernal
, the Presidio
, Lands End
, Liberty Hill
, Mount Davidson
, Potrero Hill
, and Grandview Park
) offering countless z-dimensional opportunities in the city by the bay :)
Kite Hill Park
Neighborhood chill spot
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.
Top of the Bay Area
Sprawled between Stinson Beach
and Mill Valley, Mt Tamalpais (translating literally as "Tamale Country") offers phenomenal views and great hikes! No tamales, unfortunately. Hiking and Biking - road and mountain - are the preferred modes of transport (the "Crookedest Railroad in the World►
" ceased operation in 1930).
Great views, rich history + exercise :)
With great weather and views combine with easy freeway access and regular peninsula bound Caltrain
service, Potrero Hill matches desirable elements of both urban and suburban living.
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.
Sea Trek Kayaking
Bay imitates bath
With the best natural bay in the world, San Francisco has a rich maritime history
, and getting out on the water is one of the most exciting ways to explore the area :)
Top of the Mark
Staying on top...
Providing 19th-floor eyegasmic views in every direction (when Fog
cooperates), the Top of the Mark has been delighting guests since 1939. The drinks are expensive... but, considerably cheaper than a room at the Mark Hopkins hotel :)
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 :)