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Have You Seen These 6 Hidden Gems in San Francisco?


San Francisco is known for big attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, but there are also plenty of hidden gems that only locals know about in the Bay Area. Take a deeper dive into the city of San Francisco and visit these six hidden gems.

#1: The Golden Fire Hydrant

The Golden Fire Hydrant is more than just a fire hydrant – this hidden gem saved an entire city from burning up in flames. The Golden Fire Hydrant can be found at Church and 20th streets and was the sole functioning fire hydrant during the fires following the earthquake in 1906.

This one fire hydrant saved Noe Valley and the entire Mission District from burning to ashes like the rest of the city did. Every April 18, the hydrant gets a fresh coat of gold paint to honor its noble service to the city.

#2: The Parrots of Telegraph Hill

San Francisco may not be known as a “tropical” place, but there are tropical characteristics like the Parrots of Telegraph Hill. No one knows where the feral parrots came from, but many theories surround the idea that the original two were just domestic escapees that quickly expanded their flock.

There just four birds in 1989 and just ten years later there were 50. Today, there are about 100 parrots that can be found perched in the trees or flying overhead at Telegraph Hill.

#3: Yerba Buena Garden Sculptures

There are plenty of pieces of beautiful, thought-ensuing artwork in Yerba Buena Gardens, but there is one that absolutely stands out. Located near the children’s museum, there is a kinetic sculpture of a humanoid figure standing atop a steel globe. This hidden gem mimics visitors – when you sit down on the bench that faces the sculpture, the figure sits too. When you rise from the bench, the figure also rises to its feet. Watching people try this is almost as entertaining as the piece itself.

#4: The Vulcan Stairway

There are many beautiful scenic stairways hidden throughout the streets of San Francisco, but the locals love the Vulcan Stairway most. This stairway spans nearly two blocks and the steps showcase a view of the gorgeous Victorian homes and stunning gardens accessible only on foot.

#5: Sutro Baths Ruins and Cave

Self-made millionaire Adolph Sutro designed the world’s largest indoor swimming pool at the time in 1894. The high tide filled the pools with 1.7 million gallons of water in an hour. The Sutro family maintained the Sutro Baths for many decades, but during the Great Depression the pools shut down. What’s left of the structure is now a stunning collection of architectural ruins in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

#6: Camera Obscura

The camera obscura is one of 20 in the entire world. It was originally built as a part of theme park and the location on the cliffs just above Ocean Beach gives visitors a breathtaking view of the ocean, Seal Rock and the cliffs.

Whether you’re just visiting San Francisco or have lived her a lifetime, put all of these unique attractions on your bucket list. And, for more information on housing in the area, feel free to give us a call!