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Visit these undiscovered travel gems at San Francisco
With the advent of summer season, it's time to pack your
bags and head for a family vacation. Countless skyscrapers, sandy beaches, lush
gardens, hiking trails and what not!
Here are some of the undiscovered travel gems you would like explore for jaw
dropping views and breath-taking scenic beauty:
The most colorful spot on this list, Clarion Alley is an alley filled with
colorful gravity pieces from a community of artists. It was originally created
from six local artists (two of which were living in the alley at the time) in
1992. On any given weekend, you're likely to see new pieces going up or current
canvases being maintained. This is where creativity in San Francisco continues
to flourish. When walking down the alley, please be respectful of the artists
and their masterpieces.
Coined the Ellis Island of the West, Angel Island processed more than 1 million
immigrants during its time as an immigration station. Since then, it has been
turned into a state park where you can camp overnight. It's perfect for that
early morning sunrise, where you'll be able to see expansive 360° views of the
San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. Sitting in the
middle of the San Francisco Bay, Angel Island is the second largest island in
area in the bay. The island is so large that on a clear day, Sonoma and Napa can
be seen from the north side of the island; San Jose can be seen from the south
side of the island.
The Labyrinth at Lands End
Hiking out from the Sutro Bath Ruins, you'll find a trail that leads you to a
spectacular view and the labyrinth, created by Eduardo Aguilera in 2004 and
maintained by a community of volunteers. Recently, this treasure was vandalized,
but a new group of volunteers rebuilt it from scratch. A story of resilience and
redemption always puts a smile on our face.
Sutro Bath Ruins
For decades, the Sutro Baths were an iconic part of San Francisco and defined
the grand vision that prominent San Franciscans had for their burgeoning city.
If you're planning a visit to San Francisco's Richmond District, it's worth
visiting the ruins of the Sutro Baths, both for their breathtaking views and
A classic California beach experience, Ocean Beach stretches along the entire
west side of the city and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Swimming
is not advised here due to dangerous rip currents and extreme cold water
temperatures. Usually only the most experienced surfers are found swimming at
Ocean Beach and extreme caution is advised. Enjoy walking along 3.5 miles of
coast, flying a kite, or having a picnic or bonfire in one of the beach's
designated areas. You can also grab a delicious cup of coffee at nearby Java
Beach or a meal at the Cliff House. The San Francisco Zoo is also nearby and
makes for a great full day itinerary for families.
An artificial island built for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition,
Treasure Island boasts some of the most spectacular views of the Bay Bridge and
the skyline. Come sunrise or sunset, you'll see tripods dotting the island's
edge. Treasure Island is accessible by car and the Muni 108 bus line, departing
frequently from the Transbay Terminal. First and foremost, go for the views. San
Francisco's entire northern waterfront from bridge to bridge is picture perfect
from T.I.'s Avenue of the Palms. From there take time to see public art dotting
the island, including pieces from the Exposition and the much-photographed
"Bliss Dance" on the Great Lawn. Treasure Island is at the forefront of the
burgeoning urban winery phenomenon.
Visit beautiful Mount Davidson. Home of historical San Francisco landmark Mount
Davidson Cross spectacular views from the highest point in San Francisco trails,
nature, meditation, a forest in the middle of an urban environment. Mount
Davidson, the highest geographic point on the world famous San Francisco skyline
and home to the Annual Easter Sunrise Service since 1923. The majestic cross
stands 103 feet tall and is visible to much of the city. This is the site where
Clint Eastwood's famous scene from 'Dirty Harry' was filmed. Mount Davidson
offers an insider's view of the development and expansion of San Francisco. It
provides a peaceful 39 -acre oasis of public open space, a forest in the middle
of an urban environment of the densest city in California. Marvel at the
panoramic view and enjoy a quiet revival of the soul.
Lyon Street Steps
The Lyon Street Steps are a beloved Marina spot to the many who live nearby.
Early in the morning, you'll see people running up the 332 stairs to the top.
Halfway up, you can stop to gaze at the house from the movie, The Princess
Diaries, and then continue your ascent to the top where you'll turn around and
look out on San Francisco Bay.
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