10 Unique Things to Do in San FranciscoDuVine
If you refer to San Francisco as “the New York of the West Coast,” you are likely to invite disapproving gazes from any of the city’s 850,000 residents within earshot. Although this bustling hub shares many of the characteristics of its East Coast counterpart, there are unique qualities that set it apart from any other city in the world.
If you want to step off the well-worn tourist causeway that courses about this city’s much-lauded attractions, you can get to know San Francisco in a more intimate way by seeking out these lesser-known yet equally fascinating pursuits.
1 / Bathe in Japantown
Everybody has heard of Chinatown, yet a little-known ethnic relative awaits relaxation seekers who fancy a bite of sushi after a revitalizing cleanse. The Kabuki Springs and Spa offers a full range of spa services in proximity to a tantalizing Japanese restaurant district.
2 / High Five a Local Hero
The Fort Point perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge lets a visitor know what local bridge ironworker Ken Hopper witnessed every day. Runners at Crissy Field had developed the tradition of touching the fence that marked the property edge to mark their halfway milestone before heading back, so Hopper installed a plaque bearing his own hand prints to encourage them to persevere.
3 / Slide On Down
These little-known cement slides are hidden amid a community garden called Seward Mini Park in the Castro district. Rummage yourself a piece of cardboard to sit on before hiking or bicycling to the top, and bombs away.
4 / Catch a Flick
While you’re in the Castro district, you might enjoy the stunning architecture and décor of the historical Castro Theater. It was built in 1922 and is home to moviegoers who really like to participate in the occasion by dressing up as their favorite character in classics, such as “The Sound of Music.”
5 / Go on a Mission
The Mission district is an enigmatic destination with layers of character that await discovery. Explore the local art scene by taking in the many colorful urban murals, and look forward to ice cream delights and gourmet treasures from the renowned Bi-Rite Creamery and fun-filled cavorting in Dolores Park.
6 / Hear the Waves of Sound
High tide at the Wave Organ offers the visceral acoustic delight of ocean sounds diffracting off elaborate concrete sculptures. Couple the auditory experience with views of Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay, and you are in for an interesting evening.
7 / Attend Critical Mass
If you happen to be in town on the last Friday of the month, commandeer a bicycle and join the San Francisco Critical Mass, a group ride around the city. The movement started in San Francisco and is now effective in 300 cities worldwide. Careen through town on two wheels with hundreds of others who enjoy a bit of irreverent traffic disruption.
8 / A Day at the Beach
Stunning views of the Marin headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge await if you can find your way to Baker Beach. Pick a sunny day and bring a picnic lunch.
9 / Seek Out Your Fortune
It’s a little-known fact that the fortune cookie was actually born in San Francisco’s Chinatown and is not an import from the Asian motherland. A visit to Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory lets you see how the tradition is packaged at the source.
10 / Big City Bison
Buffalo Paddock is located in Golden Gate Park and is home to a herd of bison that dates back to the late 1800s — when they were safely transplanted from the embattled Great Plains. This is a curious and charming remembrance of the Old West in an unlikely urban setting.
Your San Francisco adventure awaits off the beaten path. Contact DuVine today and make it an invigorating and unforgettable two-wheeled odyssey.
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