San Francisco's natural setting allows visitors to remain fit. Offering uninterrupted pavements, trails and parklands throughout the inner city, the best trails are the 10 kilometre waterfront promenade and along Ocean Beach; each revealing unsurpassed views of the iconic Golden Gate and Oakland Bridges.
San Francisco's challenging inclines on a walking tour or solo. This way you can experience the city's architecture and streetscape, up close and personal.
Start with Russian Hill before you blaze another route which starts in North Beach at Vallejo Street. If you can manage to catch your breath, crane your neck to peek at the jaw-dropping panoramas. We will understand if you can't.
The urban, parkland and ocean trails all spoil for choice but each promises to give you a close encounter with San Francisco's cityscape and bay area. You could start on the Embarcadero at Fisherman's Wharf if you're fast enough to dodge the crowds.
Another great trek weaves through Golden Gate Park past the de Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences. Many locals however prefer Land's End Trail, which starts at Eagle's Point Trailhead at California and 32nd Street and blazes to Cliff House. This place is a state of mind.
One of the most popular routes is the Butterlap that links you from the Presidio through Golden Gate Park, past distant views of the bay area including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Along the way you can make several pit-stops at San Francisco's best coffee houses including the aptly named, Four Barrel Coffee.
Other curated routes include Headlands and Paradise Loops. For something different, start your journey in Sausalito and use the ferry to connect you from point to point. There are numerous outfitters on both sides of the bay.