3 Outdoor Spaces for a Quiet Escape in San Francisco

January 21, 2021

While San Francisco is known for its buzzing, vibrant energy and plethora of exciting things to do and places to see, the city is also home to several serene, natural escapes perfect for finding quiet when needed. And setting aside time to reconnect with the outdoors? Sometimes, that can make all the difference. Below, find a few closeby spots to reground and recenter. 

1. Tank Hill Park

Not many people know about the hidden treasure Tank Hill, which is tucked away near Twin Peaks. The hilltop may be accessed via either a stairway on Twin Peaks Boulevard at Crown Terrace or a longer path at the end of Belgrave Avenue. The area has rock outcroppings perfect for enjoying breathtaking city views.

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2. Lafayette Park

If you’re seeking out some in-city greenery, head to Pacific Heights’ crown jewel of Lafayette Park. With numerous paths and open spaces, you can comfortably enjoy outdoor recreation without the crowds. Gorgeously landscaped, Lafayette Park is perfect for strolls and picnics alike.

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3. Sutro Heights Park

Perched above Cliff House at the western edge of San Francisco is Sutro Heights. A historic park, Sutro Heights is a delightful enclave for strolls through garden ruins and gazing at the Seal Rocks and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Typically not too busy, this park is the one to visit if you want to pair a bit of a rustic walking adventure with your dose of the outdoors.

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