What are the best outdoor activities in San Francisco?

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Katie Sweeney

San Francisco is home to many outdoor activities. One could rent a sailboat and spend the day cruising the beautiful bay. Or pick up a bike in Fisherman's Wharf and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. For those who want to bask in the bridge and all its glory, a jog along Crissy Field or the Embarcadero is advisable.

If you prefer something more leisurely, but still outdoors, shop local's favorite Bi-Rite Market for artisianal cheese, bread, and wine and enjoy a picnic in Dolores Park or Alamo Square. Adventure seekers can hike along Land's End or surf at Ocean Beach. Golfers can test their patience of the fog at the famed Olympic Club.  

One great way to see the city and become familiar with the neighborhoods is a walking tour. Tours are daily and cover everything from the Art Deco architecture found in the Marina to the temples and tongs of Chinatown.   

Maria Hunt

When the weather cooperates, San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities for exploring the great outdoors. Put on your walking shoes and get out to experience some of the San Francisco's best outdoor activities.One of your first stops should be Golden Gate Park. The sprawling 1,000-acre park is filled with many distinctive outdoor features like the windmills and tulip garden, the Victorian era Conservatory of Flowers, the sculpture garden at the de Young Museum, the Japanese tea house and garden, and the paddock with American bison.

Walking down or up
Lombard Street, which is reputed to be the most crooked street in the world, allows you to take in the view and the surrounding houses. The winding, red brick section of Lomard Street is between Hyde and Leavenworth streets in the Russian Hill neighborhood. Apparently, the 8 switchback turns were added to Lomabrd Street in 1922, in order to make the ¼-mile secton of the street safer for cars. The Powell-Hyde cable car drops you off at the top of Lombard Street so you can walk down.

ferry ride from San Francisco to Sausalito offers gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz island and the San Francisco skyline.  The 30-minute ride is considered one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world.  You can even enjoy an adult beverage along with your view, as the  boat serves wine and beer.  And if it's baseball season, why not take in a San Francisco Giants or Oakland A's baseball game? 

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