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Off the Beaten Path

Try some of San Francisco's sites and activities that you might have missed on your first trip planning.

Catch a ferry from Pier 41 or from the north bay town of Tiburon for a trip to a remarkable state park in San Francisco Bay. Tram, bike or hike your way around this island for unparalleled views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Historical tours are also available.

Take a bike tour of the Mission District with the experts at Dandyhorse and get an insider's look at the history and uniqueness of the neighborhood and its colorful murals. Dandyhorse also offers tours throughout the city.

Perched atop Nob Hill, the landmark Grace Cathedral is a welcoming destination for all visitors. Enjoy French Gothic-inspired architecture, bronze and gold-covered entry doors, and two labyrinths perfect for contemplation as you explore.

The national park Presidio offers 24 miles of hiking trails featuring spectacular vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline, nature and history. On the trails, you can visit multiple art installations by noted artist Andy Goldsworthy, volunteer as a Trail Ambassador, or recreate a historic trail from 1776. The Presidio offers fully-accessible trail options as well.

Take a trippy ride through San Franciscoʼs musically-significant neighborhoods in this one-of-a-kind bus outfitted with a documentary of the 60s.

Nestled in the San Francisco Bay off the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island has a well-earned reputation as a prime spot for great views back to the city's skyline. Today, it is also known as an up-and-coming culinary destination, with wine tasting rooms and new dining options calling the neighborhood home. For craft beer and a taste of a beach along with the view, check out Woods Island Club.

Visit this inspiring nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. National urban design retailer CB2 has even released seven of these artistsʼ designs.

Attend a concert at this legendary music venue where "everyone has played,” from The Clash, Grateful Dead and U2, to theatrical productions such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and the Cantonese Opera from China.


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