SF Outdoors Overview

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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.

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