San Francisco could possibly be the most active city in the United States, thanks to a relatively mild year-round climate, butt-kicking hills, bike lanes galore, and infinite outdoor activities. Visitors can join in on all of the playfulness; it's a great way to meet the eclectic mix of citizens who call San Francisco home.
Not surprisingly, many popular tourist attractions involve being active. The one thing you absolutely can't miss is walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. The bright city skyline resides on one side and the vast swath of Pacific Ocean and craggy, untouched Marin Headlands lie on the opposite side. Everybody remembers their first time and the views are breathtaking. Just remember to bring layers.
Biking is a cool and easy way to get around the city, it's often more stress-free than taking the somewhat clunky public transit! Blazing Saddles is a popular bike rental outfitter with multiple convenient locations. Take your bike to Ocean Beach via blissful Golden Gate Park or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and return via ferry from stunning Sausalito. You can even bike out to the Marin Headlands and further afield. If you take the ferry out to Angel Island, you'll be rewarded with many well-maintained bike paths and fantastic views of the city and the East Bay.
Whether you're advanced or a beginner, Golden Gate Golf Course provides a beautiful, 9-hole course for a small price. All holes are par 3 and the 9th hole has you driving towards the Pacific Ocean. More seasoned golf pros with fatter pockets will want to check out the Presidio Golf Course or the technically challenging Harding Park course.
Crissy Field is one of San Francisco's veritable playgrounds. Locals flock here to run, bike, or play volleyball, among other activities. If you really want to stamp yourself as an honorary local, join the crazies who swim in Aquatic Park. Yes, it's actually the Bay, it's freezing, and many hardcore San Franciscans do laps sans wetsuit.
1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard
Towering view on top of Telegraph Hill... read more
Embarcadero and Powell St
Legendarily inescapable prison worth the tourist crowds... read more
Located one mile south of the Tiburon Peninsula
970 47th Avenue
Corner of 47th Avenue & Fulton Street
At Central Magazine Road and Harrison Boulevard
Old Mason Street
off Marina Blvd.
Lincoln Blvd & Hwy 1
Hwy. 101 N
An architectural icon capping off the San Francisco Bay... read more
Jefferson and Hyde Street
2973 16th Street, 5th Floor