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There’s no reason to stay inside on a visit to San Francisco – the city of fog also has an abundance of activities that can be enjoyed al fresco.
San Francisco is a city that literally points to the heavens. A 7 x 7-mile (11 x 11-km) peninsula, the streets and buildings of this trendy city in California are eccentrically crooked, due to its steep hills and characterful architecture. You can spend days or even weeks discovering the city by the bay’s charming corners and the unexpected adventures they have to offer. From sea kayaking, to exploring famous parks and discovering secret roof gardens, many of the city’s experiences are in the open air. Here is our guide to the best outdoor activities in San Francisco.
POPOS, which stands for Privately Owned Public Spaces, can be found all over the city of San Francisco. These public areas have been a development requirement in the city since 1985 and provide an oasis of inner city calm for whoever needs it. The POPOS in San Francisco range from roof gardens and plazas, to terraces, atriums and small parks. Mostly based in downtown San Fran, visitors should look for the tiny city centre Empire Park, or spend a sunny lunch break on the beautiful Sansome Roof Garden. While these areas are free and open to the public, they do have differing opening times, so be sure to check them out online before heading over.