1. Bike the
Golden Gate Bridge
Get up close and personal with San Francisco's most iconic landmark. Cyclists have access to the bridge’s sidewalks 24 hours a day. Rental bikes are not available at the bridge, but there are several places to rent around the Fisherman’s Wharf area.
2. Take a Trip Across the Bay to
Since you're biking over the Golden Gate, why not ride downhill all the way to the charming Marin town of Sausalito? Browse cute boutiques and art galleries, load up on saltwater taffy, and sit serenely on the dock of the bay.
3. Make Your Way Down
Our List of San Francisco's Best Hiking Trails
San Francisco has nearly 30 miles of trails (pretty impressive for it's small size!), which means there are plenty of epic hills to climb and fertile forests, lush parks, and sandy beaches to trek through. You'll find plenty of natural treasures, quirky man-made gems, and unparalleled views along the way.
4. Roam Around
Golden Gate Park
Exploring San Francisco's largest park could take days. This gorgeous strip of land takes up much of the city's western side and is actually 20% larger than New York's Central Park! There are so many things to explore here, from the De Young Museum to the Academy of Sciences, the Japanese Tea Garden to the Conservatory of Flowers. There's also the Dutch windmills, Stow Lake, and even some roaming bison.
A look around at the abandoned ruins of what was once a luxurious facility holding the world's largest indoor swimming pool is a truly unique San Francisco experience. Located on the edge of the Pacific at Lands End, Sutro Baths offers the urban explorer everything they could possibly want: dramatic sea views, perilous ledges, and a haunted cliffside tunnel.
This Coastal Hike That Leads You to a Breathtaking Labyrinth
Starting at Sutro Baths, take the Coastal Trail leading towards Mile Rock Beach. Once at the Mile Rock Beach sign, descend the first set of sandy stairs, then walk straight ahead to find this scenic labyrinth created by artist Eduardo Aguilera.
These 15 Spectacular Stairways
A city of epic hills means a city of impressive (and sometimes intimidating!) staircases. And there are a bunch located throughout the city that are just as pretty to look at as they are tough to walk up.
8. Wander Around the Presidio
There are so many nooks and crannies to discover throughout the scenic and historic Presidio. Catch breathtaking views of the Pacific, the bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge; take a stroll down Lovers' Lane; sunbathe on the beach; pass by military landmarks and the San Francisco National Cemetery; and hunt for interesting sculptures like this Spire constructed from the trunks of cypress trees.
9. Go See Live Music—For Free!
Every summer sees an even more impressive lineup of artists and dancers performing amid the eucalyptus trees in Stern Grove on the western edge of the city. It kind of feels like a camp performance — on a totally epic level. Then, in October, comes the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, a three-day event in Golden Gate Park with a killer lineup.
This Little Known Natural Oasis
Mount Sutro, located near the geographical center of San Francisco, is a true natural oasis that includes 5 miles of multi-use trails that snake through a dense, often foggy, forest.
11. Head Down to
This Hidden Beach
Marshall’s Beach is a hidden stretch of sand that offers iconic views and a serene setting that’ll quickly take you far away from the concrete jungle.
12. Enjoy an
From Crissy Field to Dolores Park to Yerba Buena Gardens, there are plenty of scenic patches of grass throughout the city to sit back and enjoy a nice picnic with family and friends.
There’s nothing like sleeping under the stars with the great Golden Gate glistening in front of you. Of course, you can also pitch your tent oceanside, or maybe even inside a redwood tree. Yep, that’s the sort of experience you can get camping in and around San Francisco.
14. Head to AT&T Park for a Ball Game
See the World Champion Giants play with the San Francisco Bay sparkling in the background. And, more importantly, stuff yourself silly with gourmet hot dogs, garlic fries, beer, and wine.
This Nearby Charming Coastal Town
Beautiful beaches and a quaint downtown make Half Moon Bay a favorite day trip from San Francisco. Then, head a little further south to sample cheese at a goat farm in Pescadero.
16. Ferry Over to
This Amazing State Park
Located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay is Angel Island, an old U.S. Army post that's since been turned into a state park offering excellent hiking trails, gorgeous beaches, and stunning views.
17. Take a Well-Deserved Break at
One of These Outdoor Patios
After all that adventuring, you deserve to sit back, soak in the sun, and sip on a drink.
Okay, so why are you still sitting there? Get out there and enjoy San Francisco at its finest!