It’s nearly impossible to get bored in San Francisco. It’s one of those incredibly dynamic places that’s always ready to enchant. San Francisco has a ton of popular attractions, but if you want to see its true hidden gems, then take a look at these 10 cool, must-see spots!
1. The Wave Organ: Yacht Road
The Wave Organ features 20 pipes that extend down into the Bay. When the waves roll in, the pipes resound with watery music: low, gurgling notes that go with the movement of the waves.
2. Mount Davidson Park: Dalewood Way & Myra Way
Though it's the highest point in San Francisco, few take the time to hike up to its scenic peak. Believe it or not, the hike is pretty easy and the views at the top are phenomenal. And when the fog rolls in, it gives this place an otherworldly ambiance.
3. Sutro Baths Cave: 680 Point Lobos
Go past the Sutro Baths ruins and enter this cave, which is full of mystery, history, and, of course, the sights and sounds of the ocean.
4. The View: 780 Mission Street
Gaze at San Francisco's skyline and out into the Bay from an impressive vantage point in downtown that offers 360-degree views—some of the best in the area.
5. China Beach: 490 Sea Cliff Avenue
Located in the Sea Cliff neighborhood, China Beach offers gorgeous views of the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge. The views are stunning and will take your breath away.
6. Japanese Tea Garden: 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
Hidden in the ever popular Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden will bring you to Asia without the jet lag. There are ponds, koi fish, a Buddha, exotic flora, and some unique little buildings that showcase the Japanese style.
7. Cayuga Park/Playground: 301 Naglee Avenue
Located in the Outer Mission, Cayuga Park is packed with whimsical wooden sculptures, totems, and hand-carved signs.
8. 16th Avenue Mosaic Steps: Moraga Street
This awesome staircase was designed by local artists and put together by more than 300 people from the neighborhood. Good news: you don't even have to climb the steps to appreciate this stunning piece of art!
9. Seward Street Slides: 30 Seward Street
The Seward Mini Park and slides are a true hidden gem, tucked away in a residential part of the Castro neighborhood. This place is hardly ever crowded, and it will definitely bring out the kid in anyone!
10. Clipper Cove: 267 Treasure Island Road
A quick ferry ride away from downtown, this hidden stretch of beach to the south of Treasure Island’s yacht harbor offers great views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.
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