14 Places to Reach Mind-Blowing Views and Nature Right From San Francisco

San Francisco Insider Guides
by Kate Sep 20, 2016

1. Immigrant Point Overlook

Immigrant Point Overlook

San Francisco, United States

#hiking great butt blaster stair climb and view.

2. Hawk Hill

Hawk Hill

Sausalito, United States

Best Bang for your buck bike ride and view of SF and the Golden Gate. Avoid Sunday afternoon. Sunrise and sunset are best.

3. Tennessee Valley Trailhead

Tennessee Valley Trailhead

Mill Valley, United States

Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge is a short and flat 1.7 mile trail to Tennessee Valley Beach. Great for families. For a more rigorous trail you can venture off one of the other trails that lead up in the hills. #hiking #beach #marin #california

4. Aquatic Cove

Aquatic Cove

San Francisco, United States

Aquatic Park is the place to practice open water swimming in the bay. There are usually a few people swimming the line of buoys just offshore. The South End Rowing Club and Dolphin Clubs offer day passes on alternative days of the week for a place to leave your stuff and shower after your swim.

5. Marina Green Park

Marina Green Park

San Francisco, United States

Great spot for a stroll or run,or just lazing on the grass….. Continue on to Chrisy Field for a longer workout.

6. Crissy Field Marsh

Crissy Field Marsh

San Francisco, United States

This beach, which runs parallel to the Chrissy field bike path and marshland is a great place to walk and run your dog off-leash. #dog-park #beach

7. Presidio of San Francisco; Arguello Gate

Presidio of San Francisco; Arguello Gate

San Francisco, United States

San Francisco’s Presidio is an amazing place for a walk or run. Check out the trail on the ridge above the golf course for great views of both the Bay & the Ocean. Oh, and an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture. #hiking

8. Baker Beach

Baker Beach

San Francisco, United States

Great walk & doggy beach. Awesome for nudie time and laying out. #hiking

9. Stow Lake Boathouse

Stow Lake Boathouse

San Francisco, United States

Stow Lake, in the center of Golden Gate Park, is great for a stroll or jog. You can also rent a canoe or paddle boat at the boathouse for a mellow cruise around the lake.

10. Sutro Heights Park

Sutro Heights Park

San Francisco, United States

This is a great park with an amazing view of Ocean Beach.

11. San Francisco Botanical Gardens

San Francisco Botanical Gardens

San Francisco, United States

Located in Golden Gate Park, the Botanical Gardens are a great place to escape the city for a bit and stroll through continent themed gardens. See proteas from South Africa or visit the Asian cloud forest. The best time to visit is probably January when the gardens many magnolia trees are in bloom.

#garden #flowers #relax #nature

12. Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach

San Francisco, United States

OB sunsets and surf!

13. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

16th Avenue Tiled Steps

San Francisco, United States

Check out these beautiful mosaic steps in the Sunset neighborhood. Fun fact: there are actually three sets of steps in the neighborhood, all with a different theme. The sea to sky themed ones seem to the favorite with picture takers (pictured here). #free

14. Lands End Labyrinth

Lands End Labyrinth

San Francisco, United States

The Presidio is one of the few National Parks actually within the city limits of a major metropolitan city. And that’s cool. #hiking

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