Top Choice Park in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Golden Gate Park

When San Franciscans refer to 'the park,' there's only one that gets the definite article: Golden Gate Park. Everything San Franciscans hold dear is here: free spirits, free music, redwoods, Frisbee, protests, fine …
Top Choice Park in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Crissy Field

War is for the birds at Crissy Field, a military airstrip turned waterfront nature preserve with knockout Golden Gate views. Where military aircraft once zoomed in for landings, bird-watchers now huddle in the silen…
Park in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Alamo Square Park

The pastel Painted Ladies of famed Postcard Row along the east side pale in comparison with the colorful characters along the northwest end of this 1857 Victorian hilltop park. Alamo Square's north side features Bar…
Park in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Buena Vista Park

True to its name, this park founded in 1867 offers splendid vistas over the city to Golden Gate Bridge as a reward for hiking up the steep hill ringed by stately century-old California oaks. Take Buena Vista Ave Wes…
Park in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Presidio of San Francisco

Explore that splotch of green on the map between Baker Beach and Crissy Field, and you’ll find a parade grounds, Yoda, a centuries-old adobe wall and some thrilling site-specific art installations. What started out …
Park in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Fort Funston

Grassy dunes up to 200ft high at Fort Funston give an idea what the Sunset looked like until the 20th century. A defunct military installation, Fort Funston still has 146-ton WWII guns aimed seaward and abandoned Ni…
Gardens in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Conservatory of Flowers

Flower power is alive and well at San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers. This gloriously restored 1878 Victorian greenhouse is home to freaky outer-space orchids, contemplative floating lilies and creepy carnivoro…
Gardens in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Japanese Tea Garden

Since 1894, this picturesque 5-acre garden and bonsai grove has blushed with cherry blossoms in spring, turned flaming red with maple leaves in fall, and lost all track of time in the meditative Zen Garden.
Park in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Lincoln Park

America's legendary coast-to-coast Lincoln Hwy officially ends at 100-acre Lincoln Park, which served as San Francisco's cemetery until 1909. The city's best urban hike leads through Lincoln Park around Land's End, …
Gardens in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

San Francisco Botanical Garden

There’s always something blooming in these 70-acre gardens, which cover a world of vegetation from South African savannah to New Zealand cloud forest. The Garden of Fragrance is designed for appeal to the visually i…