Off-the-beaten-path walks for every district in San Francisco
Now’s the time to take the road less traveled in your neighborhood
In this post, I suggest lesser-known destinations in each district of the city. The fun will be finding your own route and possibly discovering something you’ve never noticed before. Share your walks with #IWalkSF.
District 1 (Richmond, Laurel Heights)
- Old style pedestrian paths between Funston and Park Presidio from Fulton to Lake Street. With the decrease in traffic, you can enjoy the lovely homes on 14th and Funston.
- Unique garden block of 23rd Ave between Funston and Cabrillo.
District 2 (Marina, Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow)
- Car-free steepest blocks of Broderick and Baker between Vallejo and Broadway.
- Corner of Larkin and Francisco by the old reservoir.
District 3 (Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, Nob Hill)
- Fern Alley at Polk, newly redesigned.
- Any street in the temporarily quiet financial district.
District 4 (Central Sunset, Outer Sunset, Parkside)
- Sunset Boulevard, between 36 and 37th. Similar to Park Presidio, with old style pedestrian paths you can enjoy without traffic.
- Fairytale blocks of 34th and 35th between Kirkham and Lawton.
District 5 (Hayes Valley, Western Addition, Fillmore, Japantown, Lower Haight, Cole Valley, Inner Sunset, Duboce Triangle, Haight Ashbury)
- Bush and Pine between Broderick and Octavia. Take this opportunity to check out the grand Victorians along this traffic corridors.
- Quiet Biedemen Alley and Wilmot Alley. Short blocks, but little treasures.
District 6 (SoMa, Tenderloin, Mission Bay, South Beach)
- Soma Alleys: Check out Lafayette Street (quaint) and Ringold Alley (gay history plaques).
- Brannan and Townsend between 7th and 11th. These former traffic corridors are being transformed with bike lanes and new development.
District 7 (Ingleside, St. Francis Wood, Park Merced, Oceanview)
- Urbano Circle and the large sundial on Estrada Court.
- Westwood Park Circle. Walk both the inner and outer circles.
District 8 (Castro, Noe Valley, Glen Park)
- Duncan/Castro Open Space.
- Clipper and Grandview. Try a sunset walk here – it’s called Grandview for a reason!
District 9 (Mission, Bernal Heights, Portola)
- The bell-shaped neighborhood by St. Mary’s Park (College and Genebern).
- San Francisco’s steepest block on Bradford above Tompkins.
District 10 (Bayview, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley)
- Alemany Island Project’s beautiful mural panels on San Bruno as it dips down under the 280 / 101 interchange.
- Castle house at Newhall and Quesada. (No, this is NOT the famed Albion Castle.)
District 11 (Excelsior, OMI, Crocker Amazon, Oceanview)
- Cayuga Street to Cayuga Park and its carved sculptures.
- Itching to travel to foreign lands? Head to the intersection of Paris and France or pick the intersection of a country and city of your choice in the Excelsior. Get good some selfies by the street signs of the Excelsior.