San Francisco is known world over for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and cable cars clanging up and down hills. There's world-class shopping to be had around Union Square, 5-star dining, and Fisherman's Wharf, too. Museums of all sorts are spread across the city, and the 2014 World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants, make their home here.
What many people don't know are the many hidden treats tucked away in our neighborhoods, waiting to be discovered as you explore the city.
We have numerous public pathways. Some of these pathways, like Cottage Row and Macondray Lane run a block or two between streets and provide access to homes; others, like Acme Alley dead ends and seems to serve no purpose other than to provide beauty and a place to enjoy solitude.
We have more green space than any other municipality in the United States. The Park and Rec department has over 220 parks an recreation areas. Some are large, think Golden Gate Park. Others are tiny, like little Jack Early Park on the slopes of Telegraph Hill
We love our pets. San Francisco is a pet-friendly city! I was surprised to discover how many pets live here in the heart of the City. Perhaps the 28 off-leash dog parks help keep our pets happy and content, while almost every neighborhood has a pet store, groomers, and dog walkers.
We have beaches - large or small, drive up or hike to, ocean or bay, you'll find your favorite here. 3.5 mile long Ocean Beach along the Great Highway is easily accessible. Tiny Marshall Beach is a cove accessed on foot and reached by trails and staircases. Baker Beach is well known, while nearby China Beach is a local favorite. Aquatic Park at the north end of Fisherman's Wharf is the swimming spot on the bay.
Lastly, we have hearts. Not only are these hearts a lovely surprise to find as you are out and about in San Francisco, the purpose of the Hearts of San Francisco project is wonderful, and epitomizes the spirit of San Francisco.
I enjoy being an unofficial ambassador for San Francisco, and invite you to come and explore the hidden treasures of San Francisco. You just might come for a visit and stay for a lifetime.