A renowned urban mecca for travelers around the world, San Francisco offers a wide variety of outdoor activities throughout the city for a quick escape from the sprawling skyscrapers to gorgeous greenery and breathtaking panoramic views. From Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Lands End and more, the city offers unique outdoor escapes for everyone. Here are just a few of our favorite outdoor escapes to explore on your next trip to San Francisco.
GOLDEN GATE PARK
This famous urban park spans more than 1,000 public acres of greenery in San Francisco. Some popular attractions charge admission, such as the California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers and de Young Museum, but most of the park is free to hike, bike and visit during the day. The park is frequently filled with people participating in sports, activities and clubs, and is available for simply relaxing near the scenic waterfalls and grassy fields. Lucky few can even sneak a peek at San Francisco’s water buffalo who live in the park. To learn more about Golden Gate Park, click here. Golden Gate Park
Get ready for a jaw-dropping view of San Francisco from the geographical center of the city at the top of Twin Peaks. With 360-degree views of the city, the Bay and the ocean, Twin Peaks offers a beautiful view of historic architecture, wildlife, and more. To get the full experience of the area, it’s advised to venture around the entire Twin Peaks area – about a half mile around. The most common way for folks to explore Twin Peaks is by car, while many opt to use one of the city’s popular bike rentals or hike to the top. For more information, click here. Twin Peaks, San Francisco
A hidden gem in the city, Lands End Coastal Trail is a stunning spot for hiking along the scenic bluffs, while overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. The area is frequently less crowded than other more well-known attractions in the city. Lands End is perfect for the active traveler to explore the bluffs along the way to the hidden labyrinth at Eagle’s Point. Lands End, San Francisco