San Francisco Off The Beaten Path

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in San Francisco

  • 1. Day Trips

    One of the northern missions, this was originally part of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. Founded in 1817 as a sanitarium for Indians afflicted with European diseases, it was named for the patron...

  • 2. Sausalito

    Sausalito is a great little village located by the bay just across the Golden Gate Bridge which transends you a world away. The village has some really good places to eat, small art galleries, parks...

  • 3. SF Views

    it is such fun for me just strolling around The City is not as congested as other cities in california. You Can Take A Leisurely Ride Along the Different Districts and areas of the City At Night to...

  • 4. Beaches / Pacific Coast

    Running the entire west side of San Francisco, ocean beach is the city's largest beach. There are lots of things to do at ocean beach beside watching the waves. One can walk unimpeded all the way to...

  • 5. Art / Music / Other Museums

    I stumbled upon this BLOG POST by chance and think it is worth checking out! If you are a fan of murals that is. :-)


    Prolific local artistic talent Douglas Tilden was commissioned to create a statue of Father Serra by Mayor Phelan, in the same year as the Great Earthquake and Fire. It was dedicated in November of...

  • 7. Architecture

    This church, on the edge of Chinatown really is quite 'old' for the USA, although it has its name because a 'new' St Mary's Cathedral now exists. First dedicated in 1854, the church was set up to...

  • 8. Muir Woods N. M.

    Muir Woods makes an excellent day trip. Located just 12 short miles of San Francisco, you'll be greeted with a wonderful acient coast of majestic redwoods. For all those natures buffs, this is a...

  • 9. CHINATOWN district

    Chinatown, San Francisco, takes up a lot of space in this city and one little alley has a big surprise waiting for you. Ross Alley is known for the "Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory" but right next...

  • 10. Wine Country

    The Napa Valley is a very popular destination with locals and out of towners alike. It's an easy few hours from San Francisco. There are many tour companies offering day trips from San Francisco and...

  • 11. Palace of Fine Arts/Exploratorium

    For something a little different from the ordinary tourist experience in San Francisco, make reservations at the Tactile Dome at the Exploratorium (the latter is a hands-on science museum.) As the...

  • 12. Murals

    Created on the Women`s Building, this colorful mural was painted in 1994 by 7 female artists and their many helpers. "The theme has many messages: the healing power of women's wisdom over time, the...

  • 13. Golden Gate N.R.A.

    This is a good off the beaten path activity for hikers, joggers, biker dudes and plain ole locals plus tourists as it is not a crowded part of San Francisco the best part it that it is free. Well I...


    Inner Richmond District is not often on the beaten path for tourists since the area is far from downtown but for the locals, this area is lively and vibrant and the "real Chinatown" as The City Locals...

  • 15. SF Streets

    Located at the corner of Columbus and Kearney, this building has a lot of history. First, it was one of the few buildings to survive the Great Earthquake and subsequent Fire of 1906. Hence the name...

  • 16. HAIGHT District / Ashbury

    I love going to this music store at the west end of Haight near the park. It's an old bowling alley that has been converted into the most comprehensive collection of CDs I've ever seen in my life. You...


    North Beach is a neighborhood that is beloved by locals and tourist alike. This is my favorite neighborhood to visit. North Beach is best seen on foot. North beach has so much to offer small boutiques...

  • 18. Food & Drink

    St. George Spirits and Craft Distillers are routinely ranked as the best produced in North America. Indeed, many claim their Aqua Perfecta Eau De Vie to be the finest in the world... Lo and behold,...

  • 19. Combined Suggestions

    I've lived in S.F. for 30 years. There are so many nice little corners of the city that tourists never see. It seems the usual tourist destinations are the least interesting parts of the city. If you...

  • 20. MISSION District

    On 18th Street at La Pidge, between Valencia and Guerrero Streets, the Non-Profit Women's organization has a large building with an extraordinary series of exterior murals devoted to women. The vivid...

  • 21. SF Zoo / Other Parks

    the Harding Park is actually a big Golf Course cum Park inside the huge Lake Merced Area which was named after former President Warren G Harding who was a golfer die hard and literally died in San...

  • 22. Sports / Recreation

    One of the best ways to see San Francisco is on a bicycle, not only do you get to enjoy the sun and fresh air, but you get to see the sights at a leisurely pace and everything in between. There are...

  • 23. Harbor Cruises / Ferry / Other Tours

    A different kind of bay cruise is available in Martinez, in the East Bay region of San Francisco, that is well suited for those with historic or maritime interests. This is tour of the Mothball Fleet...

  • 24. Local Events

    Musee de Mechanique Okay I'm showing my age here, but remember the arcade games where you sat down at a table and played them either on your own or with someone sitting opposite you playing against...

  • 25. Golden Gate Bridge

    The Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco and Marin Head County to the north. There is a $ 5 toll cash when driving south or you can pay it via a FASTRAK is you have one. Cross the bridge so that...

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