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a VirtualTourist member from Rochester

San Francisco

Painted Ladies

We will be in San Fran for 4 days and there is so much I want to see. I would love to see the Painted Ladies. Should we walk through the neighborhood or look from the park? What else in that area should we do?



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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

I assume you mean these?

[original VT link]

I did walk here (Alamo Square) and the best viewing point is from one corner of the park. It's not very big so it won't be hard to find the spot. While in that area I walked over to Lower Haight: some very pretty architecture there - although my snaps aren't great.

[original VT link]




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Rochester

Yes, going to Upper Haight from here may be a good idea.. Seems like something fun to see. My problem is we only have 4 days to see everything! Would it be a long walk from the houses to Upper Haight?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from California

After you've finished poking around the Lower Haight, you can take a bus to Golden Gate Park.

Walk over to the NE corner of Haight and Pierce and catch the 71 Ortega - fare is $2. Get off at Lincoln and 9th (about a 10 minute ride) and walk into Golden Gate Park.

Suggestions on things to do in the Park: [original VT link]




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

LOWER Haight: if you read the review I attached, I mentioned that it's about 4 blocks from Alamo Square. There is also a URL for the general area in that review. But yes, you can also walk to Upper Haight from there: see the map, and my review:

[original VT link]




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Apeldoorn

We made a combination of the 'Painted Ladies' and 'Mission Dolores'. We traveled by bus (can't remember the number of the line), which was quite convenient and not too far.
See: flickr.com/photos/vtveen/673...




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Marina

I always try to encourage people to walk up there just to get them into some of those great neighborhoods and see an example of one of the several squares in SF. It's very peaceful and it's nice to just stroll along the streets and look at the architecture. The "Full House" houses are just a few of the really amazing Victorians in that area. Walking is best, because parking around there can be problematic, particularly in the summer, when everyone comes up to get pictures.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Rochester

that sounds like a good plan. i love to go to old churchs. we're planning on going to grace cathedral when we're in that area




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

Grace is lovely but not particularly old: built 1928 - 1964. St Peter and Paul - in North Beach - is another nice one and around the same age:

[original VT link]

But if you want an old one, you should go to Mission Dolores for sure:

[original VT link]

The oldest structure in San Francisco, it's old even by U.S. standards (which our European members can't help but chuckle at a bit.) :O)




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Rochester

o wow, that looks beautiful too. now if i could only get my lazy self to attend the mass. I love to explore old churches. They're so peaceful, it's a nice break in the day to go in and say a prayer.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Rochester

I think what we will do is this. The day we leave Napa our first stop will be Muir woods. I heard the parking is tough later in the day. Correct? From there drive past the painted ladies and drive around and look at the houses. If by chance we can find a parking spot then we'll take a walk. Is that little park Alamo square? Is there parking there? Anyway, from there I would like to go to Haight Ashbury. Again with the parking, is it just street parking and tough to find a spot? We'll probably have lunch and a drink so maybe a restaurant with a parking lot suggestion? End of the day turn the car in. Not going to keep in for San Fran





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