From hikes to beach walks, take it easy and soak it all in during a stroll in San Francisco
For breathtaking views of the pacific, walk the 3.5 mile footpath along Ocean Beach on the Great Highway. Start at the tip of Lake Merced at Sloat Boulevard and walk, run, bike or skate to Lincoln Way. Remember, the weather is unpredictable so as always, layer.
Great Highway & Fulton Street, San Francisco, parksconservancy.org
One of San Francisco’s most iconic tourist destinations, Lombard Street in Russian Hill is also known as the Crooked Street. It’s a very steep street with 12 sharp turns that promises great photo opportunities from the top and the bottom. This quick and easy attraction is something you can’t leave San Fran without doing.
Lyon Street Steps
For another steep hill climb but with less tourists, try the Lyon Street Steps. Its 332 steps toward the San Francisco Bay giving you amazing bay views from the top as well as a great workout. The perfectly manicured gardens and beautiful homes in this area are an added bonus and belong to some of San Francisco’s famous residents.
Lyon Street & Broadway
Lands End Trail
The Lands End Trail is a magical walk around the edge of the bay with excellent views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s so peaceful, you will forget you are still in the city and you might get lucky and see migrating whales. There is also a visitor’s center where you can learn some San Francisco history.
680 Point Lobos Avenue; nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/landsend.htm
Golden Gate Park
There is so much to see by foot in San Francisco’s treasure, the Golden Gate Park. The Botanical Gardens, Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Gardens alone can fill an entire day. You can also hike a trail up Strawberry Hill, an island in the middle of Stow Lake, for a nature filled excursion.
Stanyant Street & Fulton Street, goldengatepark.com
Located in the Marina District, Marina Green runs between Fort Mason and the Presidio. It has spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island and one of the city’s most beautiful attractions, the Palace of Fine Arts can also be seen here. Pack a picnic and people watch locals flying kites on the weekend.
Marina Blvd & Marina Green Drive, goldengatepark.com