Beach / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review Incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge are undoubtedly the main draw for tourists, but postcard vistas aren’t the only reason to go to Baker Beach. A nude section, hiking trails, dense coastal forest, and a varied history all help visitors feel like they’ve escaped the bustle of the urban landscape, while the beach ... more
Battery Chamberlin Road
Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129
Beach / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review Stretching more than three miles from the historic Cliff House Inn to the rolling sand dunes of Fort Funston, Ocean Beach is the longest – and probably the foggiest – beach in San Francisco. The area was largely undeveloped until the late 1800s, when a small amusement park and the famous Sutro Baths swimming complex drew ... more
Point Lobos Avenue/Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94121
Culture / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review With eight lakes, two major museums, celebrated gardens, and an abundance of outdoor activities, Golden Gate Park is an idyllic getaway for the more than thirteen million people who pass through every year, looking for a retreat from the urban crunch. Outstripping New York’s Central Park by 174 acres, the park’s three ... more
Between Stanyan Street to the east
and Great Highway to the west,
and Fulton Street to the north
and Lincoln Way to the south
San Francisco, CA 94118
Party Earth Review Although Union Square’s name technically refers to its 1850s-era beginnings as a place where pro-Union rallies were held prior to the Civil War, today it is better known for its surrounding blocks full of shopping options, live theater, restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. Six department stores, including high ... more
Between Stockton and Powell Streets
and Post and Geary Streets
San Francisco, CA 94108
Outdoor Activity / Park
Party Earth Review Mission Dolores Park, better known as just Dolores Park, packs a lot of action into its two-block stretch – and the diversity of its visitors is often a perfect snapshot of San Francisco’s eclectic citizenry. Warm afternoons find the grassy knolls and undulating hills covered in sunbathers, as clusters of athletes take ... more
In-between 18th and 20th Streets
and Dolores and Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Party Earth Review One of the biggest reasons vacationers come to San Francisco is to see Fisherman’s Wharf, whose twelve million annual visitors put it squarely on top of the heap when it comes to the city’s destinations. Encompassing a waterfront stretch barely a mile long, the area overflows with seafood joints, souvenir shops, sightseers ... more
The north waterfront running roughly
from Pier 35 on the east to
Van Ness Avenue on the west
San Francisco, CA 94109
Park / Outdoor Activity
Reviewed by Gor G.
"Love exploring SF on foot and decided to make a day of it around Russian Hill. After reading some info from SF Gate and piecing together where there a ..." more
Vallejo Street & Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Party Earth Review A heavily guarded military post for more than two hundred years, The Presidio and its dense forests, myriad paths, and stunning views were turned over to the public in 1994, and now attract an estimated five million visitors every year. The mixed-use park is a favorite for cyclists who whizz through the canopies of eucalyptus ... more
Roughly bounded by Lyon Street
and the Pacific Ocean
San Francisco, CA 94129
Party Earth Review Not only is San Francisco’s Chinatown the oldest of its kind in North America, it’s also the largest Chinese neighborhood outside of Asia, and surpasses even the Golden Gate Bridge as one of the city’s top tourist destinations. Out-of-towners tend to stick to Grant Avenue, entering through the “Dragon Gate” at the intersection ... more
Roughly between Columbus Avenue on the east, Jones Street on the west, Broadway
to north, and Bush Street to the south
San Francisco, CA 94133
The city by the bay is covered in hills, bursting with parks, and bordered by the glorious Pacific Ocean, so it’s no wonder there are so many fantastic outdoor activities in San Francisco.
With eight lakes, two major museums, celebrated gardens, and an abundance of outdoor activities, Golden Gate Park alone is an idyllic getaway for the more than thirteen million people who pass through every year. Bikers, joggers, skaters, and casual strollers take to the winding dirt and paved paths, as well as the main thoroughfare of John F. Kennedy Drive, winding all the way down to the beautiful – albeit windy –sandy expanse of Ocean Beach.
Nearby Baker Beach offers incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge – the crossing of which either on foot or by bike is a signature San Francisco outdoor event in itself – while the adjoining Presidio bursts with forests, trails, a golf course, additional stunning views, and more ways to revel in the outdoors in San Francisco.
The pair of hills that make up Twin Peaks aren’t the tallest in SF, but they easily offer the most expansive city views, and make for one of hundreds of awesome thigh-busting workouts for anyone who walks or bikes to the top.
Twelve million tourists flood Fisherman’s Wharf every year, a waterfront stretch barely a mile long that overflows with seafood joints, souvenir shops, snoozy sea lions, and stellar SF outdoor events. Those looking for amazing window shopping need only venture Downtown to Union Square, an area known the world over for its surrounding blocks full of shopping options, live theater, restaurants, boutiques, and hotels, and the same can be said of nearby Chinatown, where the sidewalks overflow with visitors buying up fabric, furniture, trinkets, animals, and more trinkets from a seemingly endless array of kitschy shops.
Sure, sometimes the fog rolls in and the clouds pelt the city with rain, but that doesn’t slow the number of outdoor activities in San Francisco, or decrease the number of reasons to spend time outdoors in SF.