Explore San Francisco on Foot
Collected by Liv Combe , AFAR Contributor
Battery to Bluffs Trail, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Embark on the Batteries to Bluffs Trail to explore San Francisco’s craggy western shoreline. This hike in the Presidio snakes along imposing cliffs that loom over the Pacific Ocean. Wander through gun batteries, dip your toes in a spring, and take...
Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
From Native American home to Mexican frontier to U.S. military post, San Francisco’s Presidio has seen many changes throughout the centuries. For the past 30 years, the land at the northwestern end of the city has been a part of the Golden Gate...
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
Golden Gate Park was formed out of an expanse of sand dunes to the west of the city in the nineteenth century—a history that is still discernible in the rolling topography of much of the park’s more than 1,000 acres. Over 13 million...
Elk St and Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94127, USA
A canyon may be the last thing you expect to see sandwiched between two residential areas in a major city. But Glen Canyon Park blends in seamlessly with the neighborhoods of Glen Park and Diamond Heights, offering a respite from city life. At 70...
16th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project in the Inner Sunset is a reflection of the city’s creative spirit. Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher led the initiative to cover a stairway in mosaics inspired by the Santa Teresa Steps in Rio de...
Stockton St Tunnel, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
There are several Chinatowns in the Bay Area, but this 24-block one is the oldest—not just in San Francisco, but in all of North America. The first record of Chinese settlers in San Francisco dates their arrival to 1848, but the gold rush a...
Filbert St, San Francisco, CA, USA
In a city as steep and hilly as San Francisco, it’s no surprise there are some noteworthy stairways. On the east side of Telegraph Hill, the Filbert Steps reign as some of the most popular in the city. They wend their way up to the iconic Coit...
San Francisco, CA, USA
Want to explore San Francisco on your own two feet and learn about its history, culture, and neighborhoods while you’re at it? Sign up for one of San Francisco City Guides’ free walking tours. Founded in 1978, City Guides is a non-profit...
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA, USA
If you want to see San Francisco's beautiful Victorian architecture up close, take a Victorian Home Walk tour. Founded by longtime San Francisco resident Jay Gifford in 1996, the tours meet in Union Square and spend the next two hours meandering...
San Francisco, CA, USA
If you're hungry to experience San Francisco’s neighborhoods alongside its culinary traditions, take a tour with Foodie Adventures. Founded in 2007 by Chef Chris Milano, Foodie Adventures offers three tour choices to satisfy your palate: the...
900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Nuts over chocolate? You’re in luck when you visit San Francisco, where a new wave of artisanal chocolatiers—not to mention old hats like Ghiradelli—call the city home. For a real chocolate devotee, look no further than Gourmet Walks’ SF Chocolate...
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