Undiscovered travel gems in San Francisco to explore this summe
With the advent of summer season, it’s time to pack your bags and head for a family vacation. Countless skyscrapers, sandy beaches, lush gardens, hiking trails and what not... here are some of the activities you can explore for jaw dropping views and breathtaking scenic beauty. The next time you're in San Francisco, you’ll want to check out all of these beautiful spots for this summer season:
Clarion Alley The most colourful spot on this list, Clarion Alley is an alley filled with colourful gravity piecers from a community of artists. It was originally created from six local artists (two of which were living in the alley at the time) in 1992. On any given weekend, you're likely to see new pieces going up or current canvases being maintained. This is where creativity in San Francisco continues to flourish. When walking down the alley, please be respectful of the artists and their masterpieces.
Angel Island Coined the Ellis Island of the West, Angel Island processed more than 1 million immigrants during its time as an immigration station. Since then, it has been turned into a state park where you can camp overnight. It’s perfect for that early morning sunrise, where you’ll be able to see expansive 360° views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais.
The Labyrinth at Lands End Hiking out from the Sutro Bath Ruins, you’ll find a trail that leads you to a spectacular view and the labyrinth, created by Eduardo Aguilera in 2004 and maintained by a community of volunteers. Recently, this treasure was vandalized, but a new group of volunteers rebuilt it from scratch. A story of resilience and redemption always puts a smile on our face.
Sutro Bath Ruins Out of fire and disaster comes beauty. Once the home of the wealthy elite as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Sutro Bath House fell into disrepair and caught on fire. Since then only the ruins have survived, which have provided the perfect backdrop for chasing sunsets.
Ocean Beach It’s chilly at Ocean Beach most of the year, but that’s what bonfires are for. There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing hundreds of s’mores being roasted over all the bonfires at once.
Treasure Island An artificial island built for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, Treasure Island boasts some of the most spectacular views of the Bay Bridge and the skyline. Come sunrise or sunset, you’ll see tripods dotting the island’s edge.
Mount Davidson The highest peak in San Francisco, Mount Davidson also has the biggest cross in the city at 103 feet tall. From time to time, services are held up here, most notably for Easter Sunday.
Lyon Street Steps The Lyon Street Steps are a beloved Marina spot to the many who live nearby. Early in the morning, you’ll see people running up the 332 stairs to the top. Halfway up, you can stop to gaze at the house from the movie, The Princess Diaries, and then continue your ascent to the top where you’ll turn around and look out on San Francisco Bay.
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