Urban hiking in San Francisco

Walking up the infamous Lombard Street in San Francisco makes for a great cardio workout
Walking up the infamous Lombard Street in San Francisco makes for a great cardio workout

San Francisco’s drastic changes in elevation are no exaggeration. Cars systematically park with wheels turned in to the curb. The Metro buses and trolleys run strategically up and down the steepest slopes. Women do not wear high heels without ready transportation available. But it’s a great walking city and navigating San Francisco is excellent exercise!

A bike ride to Sausalito and late ferry ride back to the city, a run across the Golden Gate Bridge, and a hike up twisting Lombard Street; San Francisco offers countless adventures best enjoyed on foot. Chinatown is always worth a wander as is the Embarcadero along the Bay. After a ferry crossing, Alcatraz is an engrossing ramble rich with eerie histories. Also, Golden Gate Park, on the western edge of the city, holds miles of parkland and gardens.

The Fairmont San Francisco provides elegant accommodations and memorable dining. The historic Tonga Room features live music on a floating stage and periodic "rainstorms," complete with thunder and lightning.

- Heather Dugan of Footsteps

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