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San Francisco Travel Guide

San Francisco Sports & Activities

San Francisco's surroundings—the bay, ocean, mountains, and forests—make getting outdoors away from the city a no-brainer. Muir Woods, Point Reyes, and Stinson Beach in Marin County offer dozens of opportunities for exploring the natural beauty of the Bay Area. But the peninsular city—with its many green spaces, steep inclines, and breathtaking views—has plenty to offer itself.

Bikers and hikers traverse the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, bound for the Marin Headlands or the winding trails of the Presidio. Runners, strollers, in-line skaters, and cyclists head for Golden Gate Park's wooded paths, and water lovers satisfy their addictions by kayaking, sailing, or kite-surfing in the bay and along the rugged Pacific coast.

Prefer to watch from the sidelines? The Giants (baseball) and the 49ers (football) are San Francisco's professional sports teams; the A's (baseball) and the Golden State Warriors (basketball) play in Oakland. But the city has plenty of other periodic sporting events to watch, including that roving costume party, the Bay to Breakers race in May. For events listings and local perspectives on Bay Area sports, pick up a copy of the San Francisco Chronicle (www.sfgate.com) or the Examiner (www.examiner.com), both of which list schedules and scores.

Kayaking

Surrounded by water on three sides, San Francisco has plenty of opportunities for kayaking enthusiasts of all skill levels. City Kayak. City...

Running

The San Francisco Bike Map and Walking Guide , which indicates hill grades on city streets by color, is a great resource. Online, check the...

Swimming

Though San Francisco is right on the ocean, swimming in the rough Pacific waters is unsafe due to strong currents and frigid temperatures—it...

Tennis

Golden Gate Park Tennis Courts. Playing at one of the 21 courts in Golden Gate Park costs from $4 to $6; call for weekend and holiday reservations...

Whale-Watching

Between January and April, hundreds of gray whales migrate along the coast; the rest of the year humpback and blue whales feed offshore at the...

Football

San Francisco 49ers. The city's NFL team recently debuted its new Levi's Stadium. The state-of-the-art facility, 44 miles south of San Francisco...

Golf

Gleneagles International Golf Course. Expect to use every club in your bag to tackle the fast, sloping greens and unpredictable winds at this...

Hang Gliding and Paragliding

Airtime of San Francisco. Paragliding is like hang gliding, but uses a parachute-like nylon glider instead of a fixed wing. Airtime of San...

Hiking

Hiking options in and around San Francisco include everything from the easygoing Golden Gate Promenade along the city's waterfront to the more...

Ice Skating

Yerba Buena Ice Skating & Bowling Center. Floor-to-ceiling windows border the NHL-regulation skating rink here, bathing the rink in natural...

Baseball

San Francisco Giants. Three World Series titles (2010, 2012, and 2014) and the classic design of AT&T Park lead to sellouts for nearly...

Beaches

Taking in a beachside sunset is the perfect way to end a busy day—assuming the fog hasn't blown in for the afternoon. Always bring a sweater...

Bicycling

San Francisco is known for its treacherously steep hills, so it may be surprising to see so many cyclists. This is actually a great city for...

Boating and Sailing

San Francisco Bay has year-round sailing, but tricky currents and strong winds make the bay hazardous for inexperienced navigators. Adventure...

Climbing and Jumping

House of Air. Inside a historic, former airplane hangar you can jump over and over and over again on massive indoor trampolines with names...

Fishing

Fisherfolk angle for salmon and halibut outside the bay or striped bass and giant sturgeon within. On land, you can cast your line at the Municipal...

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