Attractions

Top Choice Street in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Lombard Street

You’ve seen the eight switchbacks of Lombard St's 900 block in a thousand photographs. The tourist board has dubbed it ‘the world’s crookedest street,’ which is factually incorrect: Vermont St in Potrero Hill deserv…
Top Choice Historic Site in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Cable Car Museum

Hear that whirring beneath the cable-car tracks? That's the sound of the cables that pull the cars, and they all connect inside the city's long-functioning cable-car barn. Grips, engines, braking mechanisms…if these…
Park in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

George Sterling Park

'Homeward into the sunset/Still unwearied we go/Till the northern hills are misty/With the amber of afterglow.' Poet George Sterling's 'City by the Sea' is almost maudlin – that is, until you watch the sunset over t…
Notable Building in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Masonic Auditorium & Temple

Conspiracy theorists and rock aficionados fetishize the Masonic – a major concert venue and the Masons' main temple for all California and formerly Hawaii, too. Freemasonry venerates architecture, and this 1958 stru…
Church in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Grace Cathedral

The city's Episcopal cathedral has been rebuilt three times since the gold rush; the current French-inspired, reinforced-concrete cathedral took 40 years to complete. The spectacular stained-glass windows include a …
Park in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Ina Coolbrith Park

On San Francisco's literary scene, all roads eventually lead to Ina Coolbrith, California's first poet laureate; colleague of Mark Twain and Ansel Adams; mentor to Jack London, Isadora Duncan, George Sterling and Ch…
Gallery in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Diego Rivera Gallery

Diego Rivera's 1931 The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City is a trompe l'oeil fresco within a fresco, showing the artist himself, pausing to admire his work, as well as the work in progress that is Sa…
Park in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Huntington Park

San Francisco's poshest park, Huntington's 1.3 acres mark the crest of Nob Hill. At the center rises the four-sided 'Fountain of the Tortoises,' a century-old recreation of a 400-year-old limestone fountain in Rome.…
Architecture in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Vallejo Street Steps

This glorious high staircase connects North Beach with Russian Hill – ideal for working off a pasta dinner. Ascend Vallejo toward Mason St; stairs rise toward Jones St, passing Ina Coolbrith Park. Sit at the top for…
Historic Building in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Pacific-Union Club

The only Nob Hill mansion to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire is this neoclassical brownstone, which despite its grandeur lacks architectural imagination. Today it's a private men's club. The exclusive roster li…