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Things To Do in San Francisco
NADA 2015

What To Do Outside: Outside Guide


Outside Guide Definition

From crooked streets, incredible views, ancient trees and enormous parks to golfing on world-class courses - the City has something for every outdoor enthusiast.

Golden Gate Park is only 3.5 miles from the Moscone Center, an easy cab ride or you can take the #5 bus from Powell Street if you have enough time. Our favorite photogenic destinations include the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, the Bison Paddock and the Chain of Lakes.

And there's nothing quite like seeing the Golden Gate Bridge up close and underneath. Take a cab to Crissy Field and walk towards the bridge on the San Francisco Bay Trail -- you'll take a hundred photos and end up telling everyone that none of them begin to capture the incredible views!

You're truly going to enjoy that brisk San Francisco air!


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Alcatraz on Yelp

Once home to famous criminals Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and Alvin Karpis, Alcatraz Island ("The Rock") is a historical and former U.S. military prison from the 1850s to 1933. Although the prison was officially closed in 1963, the island was "occupied for almost two years by a group of Native-American activists" and remains a popular tourist destination each year. Public tours are available via a short ferry ride from Pier 33 and is highly recommended you reserve your tour ticket in advance.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

Alcatraz Island
San Francisco, CA 94133 (2.8 miles from NADA 2015)

Hours: 9am (Departures every 30 minutes)
(415) 561-4900 (general information)
(415) 981-7625 (purchase tickets)


Cable Car Rides


Cable Car Rides on Yelp

Ding ding! Hop aboard the world-famous cable cars in San Francisco and experience a ride like no other. Cable cars have long been a staple of the city and one of San Francisco's most identifiable traits. Cable car routes operate along Powell, California, Hyde and Mason Streets within city limits. For complete cable car routes, view this map. There's even a cable car museum with all kinds of historical information and statistics on this unique transportation system. You simply cannot leave the city without riding cable cars!

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

Cable Car Museum
1201 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94108 (1.6 miles from NADA 2015)

Phone: (415) 474-1887

Cable Car Routes

"Powell & Market" (Starting Point)
San Francisco, CA 94103 (0.6 miles from NADA 2015)



Fort Point at Golden Gate Bridge


Fort Point on Yelp

As told by The Presidio of San Francisco, Fort Point has guarded the Golden Gate since the Civil War. This historic site offers visitors incredible views of the bridge and is located towards the end of Crissy Field.. If you're lucky, visitors may also encounter Civil War re-enactors and a crabbing demonstration! Military buffs and those looking for fantastic scenic views absolutely must visit Fort Point. After all, admission is free!

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

Marine Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94129 (6.5 miles from NADA 2015)

Friday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Monday - Thursday: Closed
Phone: (415) 556-1693


Golden Gate Park


Golden Gate Park on Yelp

Golden Gate Park is home to 1,017 acres of beautiful gardens, playgrounds, lakes, trails, monuments, and an array of cultural venues, events and activities. Among other attractions, Golden Gate Park features the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, Dutch Windmill, Anglers Lodge, Bison Paddock, and Frisbee Golf Course. There's simply something for everyone and offers a great cultural experience for all who visit.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA (3.6 miles from NADA 2015)

Hours: Depend on attraction
Phone: (415) 831-2700




TPC Harding Park Golf Course

Presidio Golf Course

Golden Gate Park Course

Lincoln Park Golf Club

San Francisco offers up some incredible courses with picturesque views. Fees and hours vary depending on the course, so please visit each website above for complete and accurate information. Bring your clubs and hit the links on some of San Francisco's best golf courses!

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

TPC Harding Park Golf Course
99 Harding Rd.
San Francisco, CA 94132 (12.3 miles from NADA 2015)

Hours: 7am - 6pm
(415) 664-4690

Presidio Golf Course
300 Finley Rd.
San Francisco, CA 94129 (4.3 miles from NADA 2015)

Hours: 6am - 9pm
(415) 561-4653

Golden Gate Park Course
970 47th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121 (6.5 miles from NADA 2015)

Hours: 7am -7pm
Phone: (415) 751-8987

Lincoln Park Golf Club
300 34th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121 (6.3 miles from NADA 2015)

Hours: 7am - 7pm
Phone: (415) 221-9911

Lands End/Sutro Bath Houses


Land's End Trail on Yelp

Per the National Park Service, Lands End features a "series of stunning views at every turn on this wild and windy trail packed with hillsides of cypress and wildflowers, views of shipwrecks and access to the ruins of Sutro baths." Views are best in the late morning and afternoon (after the fog has cleared) but certainly a welcoming trailhead any time of day.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
680 Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121 (7.0 miles from NADA 2015)

Hours: 9am - 5pm
Phone: (415) 426-5240


Lombard St.


Lombard St. on Yelp

Widely known as the "World's Crookedest Street," Lombard Street is tourist favorite nestled among many of the cities most beautiful Victorian mansions in the Russian Hill neighborhood. As such, "some of the city's most expensive real estate" sits alongside this very steep street. Even if you're not driving, you can still peak down from the top to get a better perspective of just how unique Lombard Street truly is.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

Lombard St.
San Francisco, CA 94133 (2.5 miles from NADA 2015)


Muir Woods National Monument


Muir Woods National Monument on Yelp

If you're looking for some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the bay area and "thousands of old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest living  things in the world" then, Muir Woods is your answer. This National Monument contains 6 miles of trails consisting of various loops into the surrounding Mount Tamalpais State Park. So pack up your hiking boots, water, and camera and take a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods. You won't regret it!

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

1 Muir Woods Rd.
Mill Valley, CA 94941 (17.1 miles from NADA 2015)

Hours: 8am - 7pm
(415) 388-2595


Ocean Beach


Ocean Beach on Yelp

As told by Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Ocean Beach is a "3.5 mile stretch of white beach with few tourists and no highrises. It's just you and the seabirds on the westernmost border of San Francisco, adjacent to Golden Gate Park." If you're planning on taking a dip, though, bring a wet suit because water temperatures are frigid! There is limited parking on-site at Ocean Beach and it is highly recommended you use public transportation.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

Fulton St. & Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94121 (7.0 miles from NADA 2015)

Phone: (415) 561-4323


Twin Peaks


Twin Peaks on Yelp

As its namesake implies, these two adjacent peaks provide "postcard views and a treasure trove of animal and plant diversity." Sitting at 922 feet in elevation, Twin Peaks offers 180-degree views of the entire bay area so it's no wonder this vista point is a world-famous tourist attraction. The picture shown here simply doesn't do it justice ... you have to see it to really appreaciate it.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

501 Twin Peaks Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94114 (3.8 miles from NADA 2015)

Phone: (415) 831-6331