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The Outdoor Guide to San Francisco

Thanks to its location on the scenic California coastline and a local habit of preserving green areas and spaces, San Francisco has plenty of spots for any outdoors enthusiast to enjoy.

If you are heading to the city and have already had your fill of the beautiful architecture and amazing food scene, book one of the many budget-friendly San Francisco hotels and get to exploring the stunning outdoors!

Take in the View at Lands End

No matter if the weather is sunny or overcast you can still get an incredible view of the ocean from Lands End. Walk along the hiking trail that winds parallel to the Pacific to get to the scenic Lands End point perched on rugged cliffs, and then just take in the incredible view of the Golden Gate bridge and the sea. Make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes, as there are plenty of trails to explore all throughout the area.

Explore Angel Island State Park

Take the ferry from San Francisco to Angel Island State Park, and spend the day biking around the island or taking a Segway tour if you’re feeling a little less active. There are several steep hills to take into account, so make sure you are in good shape if you rent one of the bikes. Riding around the island takes just a little over an hour, and you can end the day by relaxing at the island’s café or cantina.

Relax at Baker Beach

If you want to enjoy the outdoors in San Francisco in a more relaxed manner, go lounge or play around at Baker Beach, one of the only true beaches within the city limits. You will get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean all at the same time. As a bonus, the beach is pretty dog-friendly so if you are traveling with your pet this is the best place to go.

Go Rock Climbing at Glen Canyon

To try a more adrenaline-pumping outdoor activity in San Francisco, head to Glen Canyon and try bouldering among the rocks there. There are plenty of routes established by other climbers that you can follow, or if you are more experienced and willing to give it a shot, you can improvise your own.

Hike and Bike at The Presidio

The Presidio is one of San Francisco’s most popular spots for hikers, as it has over 24 miles of walking routes. Explore the park on foot, and you can stumble upon any of the eight stunning overlooks while trekking through shaded woods and coastal cliffs. As an alternative, you can try on-road or off-road biking throughout the park as well.

San Francisco offers visitors plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors within its city limits and enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean as well as plenty of hiking trails through protected natural parks. Make the most of your visit by indulging in some favorite local outdoor activities in addition to exploring the city’s streets.

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I'm an actress and travel blogger in Los Angeles. Activites: Writing, taking photos, traveling, exploring, getting in trouble. Addictions: music, coffee, Greece, road trips, the ocean, steaks. I have not yet heard of a single place in this world I didn't want to travel to and explore immediately.

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