Jun 29, 2012 — We won’t deny that some of San Francisco’s biggest tourist destinations are well-worth going to, even if it does mean fighting consistent crowds. Upwards of 100,000 people walk the Golden Gate Bridge on a busy weekend, for example, but on a beautiful summer day we can think of few other places in town we’d rather be.
Similarly, Fisherman’s Wharf is way more kitsch than cool to most locals, but watching the hundreds of sea lions along the docks never gets old, and while Haight Street is about as authentic to its hippie roots as the tie-dye line at Target, there’s something strangely satisfying about strolling through the billowing clouds of pot smoke and navigating ever-creative panhandlers on our way to Golden Gate Park.
Still, if you’re the kind of person who wants to avoid the mainstream attractions in a city – either because you’re a longtime local or because riding the cable cars sounds about as appealing as jumping in front of them – we picked out a few or our favorite lesser-known spots just for you.
Roughly bounded by Lyon Street
and the Pacific Ocean
San Francisco, CA 94129
Visitor Information: 415‑561‑4323
12 William Saroyan Place
San Francisco, CA 94133
Point Lobos Avenue/Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94121
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
309 Cortland Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110