Things to Do in the San Francisco Area

Things to Do in the San Francisco Area
Exploring San Francisco on foot provides travelers with a first-hand experience of the famous San Francisco hills. Climbing those hills quickly gets your calf muscles into shape. Many parts of the city are navigable by foot or bicycle, so lace up those tennis shoes and get ready to walk and/or ride. Pack a jacket because San Francisco weather is unpredictable, and even summer days and evenings can get chilly.

Rent Bikes

Rent a bike and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. San Francisco is not a bike-friendly city because of the many hills, but a ride across the bridge provides a spectacular view without hills. Ask for a free map and a bike lock so you can stop and explore the shops and restaurants across the bridge. Spanning 1.7 miles, it's a quick ride, but watch for pedestrians. Ride along The Embarcadero, enjoying views of the Bay Bridge, Yerba Buena Island, Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay and Fisherman's Wharf.


Select trails to hike and explore around San Francisco. For beginners and experienced hikers alike, San Francisco has trails for all. Try the Muirwoods and get an up close view of the California redwoods. Routes are sign-posted for hikers. Consider exploring Angel Island State Park for a moderate hike. Explore rocky coves, sandy beaches, grassy slopes and forested ridges. Check out the Presidio, a former military post, for an easy hike within the city. The trail covers architecture and military history from the area.

Golden Gate Park

Spend an afternoon at Golden Gate Park. Covering 1,017 acres, Golden Gate Park serves as every San Franciscan's backyard. Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the landscaped park, a morning jog or picnic on the Polo Field lawn. Closed to cars on Sundays, the roads open to bikers and rollerbladers. Rent a paddle boat on Stowe Lake, play miniature golf or pitch horseshoes. Test your skills at the tennis courts, baseball fields, disc golf course, soccer fields or fishing. Other sites in Golden Gate Park to visit include the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden.

Article Written By Erica Green

Erica Green has been a freelance journalist since 2008. She has contributed to the Atlantic Publishing Company, Texas Sports, Confessions of a Homeowner and more. Green is currently pursuing a degree in Spanish, and she tutors English Language Learner students. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas and is a certified middle school teacher.

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