Between the renowned attractions, rolling hills, natural vegetation and rugged scenery, urban hiking in San Francisco is a favorite activity in the City by the Bay. Visitors stumble upon secret stairwells lined by sandstone cliffs and rocky beauty along the coastline, but San Francisco holds so many secrets nature lovers are best off booking a hiking tour – an urban hiking tour that is.
There’s no better way to get to know your city than by getting to know it’s breweries! And as a Bay Area local, a San Francisco beer and food tour showed me a thing or two about craft brewing in the city and also brought us to cool, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods I had never even been to.
The iconic San Francisco opening scene to the 90s sitcom Full House, that’s all I was looking for on this Nopa and Alamo Square Gourmet tour. Last time I was searching for the Painted Ladies, they were under construction and lost in a sea of scaffolding and tarp. What I got this time was an amazing shot of them with my friend, new insight into this neighborhood and a stuffed belly after eating and drinking for three hours straight.
San Francisco didn’t really get settled until the Gold Rush began in 1848, yet some of the same businesses that started then are still kicking today. The 1906 Earthquake meant a lot of the original establishments were rebuilt, but the following businesses have existed in some shape or form for at least 100 years. Meet some San Francisco institutions that have withstood the test of time.
When planning a trip to Northern California, spots like San Francisco and Napa and Sonoma wine country are must-sees on most itineraries. There’s no arguing they’re great destinations. But when visiting the Golden State, especially for the first time, it’s important to remember that California, the third largest state in land area, is a big place. Taking Southern California out of the picture helps a bit, but truth be told, that still leaves plenty of nooks and crannies to keep you busy. Save some time for the lesser known stops; you never know when you might strike gold.
The City by the Bay is a great place to spend the summer because there’s always something fun to do in town. In addition to its usual tourist sites, San Francisco has a grand reputation for arts and music. If you’re looking to journey just beyond San Francisco once you’ve seen the sites, then head over to Squaw Valley for this year’s hot musical event. Just outside of Tahoe, Squaw Valley is only a four-hour drive inland and just east of Sacramento. This could also make a great road trip.
My mom has done so much for me throughout my life so for Mother’s Day I could think of no better way to celebrate her than to treat her to a Taste of North Beach Evening Food and Wine Tour. Having lived in the Bay Area our whole lives, my family is quite accustomed to being in San Francisco. That being said, we hadn’t spent a whole lot of time in the North Beach neighborhood. We’ve seen performances of the iconic Beach Blanket Babylon nearby, and loomed in the doorway of beatnik staples like the City Lights Bookstore, but we’ve never taken advantage of the food offerings. But after this tour with our gracious hostess Margherita, we won’t be making that mistake again!
Big adventures don’t have to mean going far from home. Check out the San Francisco Local Challenge list below for more ideas on amazing adventures and things to do in your own city. Download the list here! 1. See Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s longest-running show 2. Bike over the Golden Gate Bridge or explore the city’s […]
One of the cultural capitals of California, and the country, San Francisco has long been known as a creative city, home to artists and innovators since before the Beat Generation took hold in the 1950s. While the tech industry is changing the shape of the City by the Bay, art will never go away, and the large-scale public installations flanking the streets, forests and waterfront area a constant reminder. Here’s some of the best public art in San Francisco, free for all to see outdoors.
With more than 50 hills, from the nub under Coit Tower to soaring Mount Davidson, San Francisco is considered the second hilliest city in the world. Some are right in the metropolis while others feel worlds away. If you’re after the loftiest vantage points over the City By the Bay, look no further than these top nine hilltop views in San Francisco.