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Top 10 San Francisco Parks

With so much to explore in San Francisco, be sure to take a moment from your busy vacation to relax and discover one the many parks the city has to offer. 

1. Mission Dolores Park

Really no list of San Francisco things to do would be complete without a mention of Mission Dolores Park. Grab your friends and enjoy a sunny day at the park for some sunbathing or a cheerful picnic. Complete with the city skyline in your view, it doesn’t get more quintessential San Francisco than this.

2. Golden Gate Park

The secret’s been out for a while on this one! Golden Gate Park is one of the city’s largest and most popular spots to hang out at. So, it goes without saying you might have to fight for some lounging space, but the park is certainly worth a visit. With lakes, gardens, playgrounds, and trails there is something for everyone to enjoy! And while you are here, be sure to check out the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States.

3. Twin Peaks

As one of the highest parks in the city, Twin Peaks sits atop spectacular views of the Bay Area. With two peaks that sit side by side, the north peak offers 180-degree views of the city, that will make you want to snap an endless number of photos. With 64 acres to explore at this park, you might want to plan a day trip to this famous city spot.

4. Grandview Park

Known to locals as Turtle Hill, Grandview Park lives up to its name. Walking the mosaic stairway from 16th Ave. you will be met with spectacular views of downtown San Francisco, Pt. Reyes and even Lake Merced. This park offers the ultimate in city views. And be sure to head out in the evening to catch a sunset over the city skyline.           

5. Glen Canyon Park

Glen Canyon Park is a city park that offers various recreational activities such as the city’s 1st public rock climbing wall plus 60 acres of green space for you to explore. Spring is a great time to visit this park, with its stunning display of wildflowers you will feel like you have truly escaped the city.

6. Buena Vista Park

For those who aren’t looking for a lazy day in the park, hike up to Buena Vista Park. As you reach the top you will find views of the city with trees and flourishing plants surrounding you, giving you the best of both worlds. There are many hidden trails winding throughout the park, making this an adventurers’ dream!

7. Corona Heights Park

Dream of frolicking in a field full of wildflowers? Well, get your fix here, at Corona Heights Park. Each spring, wildflowers such as yellow buttercups, blue lupine, and purple sanicle, pop up for the warmer weather. While it might be easy to just gaze out at the panoramic views of the city, be sure to look down at the covered grassland of colorful wildflowers that emerge each spring.

8. Washington Square

As one the city’s first parks, established in 1847, Washington Square is a great spot to enjoy the outdoors, while grabbing a bite from one of the local restaurants that surround the park. This historic square is a vibrant gathering spot for locals and tourists alike and offers a unique landmark of Saint Peters & Paul Church. 

9. Alamo Square Park

With a decent amount of green space, the highlight of this park is the famous “Painted Ladies” of Postcard Row, which have appeared in many T.V. and movie productions such as Full House. So be sure to bring your camera and spend the day soaking up the sun with a picnic in the park.

10. Tank Hill

If you want to avoid the crowds, then head out to San Francisco’s best-kept secret, Tank Hill. This rocky look-out point over Cole Valley is the perfect secret hideaway. A hike to the top is worth it when you land your eyes upon the sweeping city views, from Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. But shhh…don’t tell anyone!

So, get out and explore and be sure to book your San Francisco bed & breakfast with us at Inn San Francisco for the most convenient location to enjoy all of what the Bay Area has to offer.


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