San Francisco: Places to Explore


  • Golden Gate Park

    Jogging, cycling, skating, picnicking, going to a museum, checking out a concert, dozing in the sunshine... Golden Gate Park is the perfect playground for fast-paced types, laid-back dawdlers, and everyone... Read more

  • The Haight, the Castro, and Noe Valley

    These distinct neighborhoods are where the city's soul resides. They wear their personalities large and proud, and all are perfect for just strolling around. Like a slide show of San Franciscan history... Read more

  • The Marina and the Presidio

    Yachts bob at their moorings, satisfied-looking folks jog along the Marina Green, and multimillion-dollar homes overlook the bay in this picturesque, if somewhat sterile, neighborhood. Does it all seem... Read more

  • Mission District

    The Mission has a number of distinct personalities: it's the Latino neighborhood, where working-class folks raise their families and where gangs occasionally clash; it's the hipster hood, where tattooed... Read more

  • Nob Hill and Russian Hill

    In place of the quirky charm and cultural diversity that mark other San Francisco neighborhoods, Nob Hill exudes history and good breeding. Topped with some of the city's most elegant hotels, Gothic Grace... Read more

  • North Beach

    San Francisco novelist Herbert Gold calls North Beach "the longest-running, most glorious American bohemian operetta outside Greenwich Village." Indeed, to anyone who's spent some time in its eccentric... Read more

  • On the Waterfront

    San Francisco's waterfront neighborhoods have fabulous views and utterly different personalities. Kitschy, overpriced Fisherman's Wharf struggles to maintain the last shreds of its existence as a working... Read more

  • Pacific Heights and Japantown

    Pacific Heights and Japantown are something of an odd couple: privileged, old-school San Francisco and the workaday commercial center of Japanese-American life in the city, stacked virtually on top of... Read more

  • SoMa and Civic Center

    To a newcomer, SoMa (short for "south of Market") and Civic Center may look like cheek-by-jowl neighbors—they're divided by Market Street. To locals, though, these areas are firmly separate entities, especially... Read more

  • Union Square and Chinatown

    The Union Square area bristles with big-city bravado, while just a stone's throw away is a place that feels like a city unto itself, Chinatown. The two areas share a strong commercial streak, although... Read more

  • Western Shoreline

    Few American cities provide a more intimate and dramatic view of the power and fury of the surf attacking the shore than San Francisco does along its wild Western Shoreline. From Lincoln Park in the north... Read more