Despite its notorious hills, San Francisco has a reputation for being a walking city. Perhaps it’s because around every corner, there’s a panoramic view that rewards those who tackle the steep slopes. Plus, as a city that boasts the most restaurants per capita in the country, we need all the walking we can get to work off the ongoing gastro indulgences. Regardless, the best way to soak up the distinct personalities of each neighborhood is to hoof it—you’ll get a better sense of the geography and topography and an intimate understanding of why San Francisco regularly tops “Best City” lists. The following introductory city strolls boast the best views and most interesting streets. While they won’t divulge all of the town’s beloved nooks and crannies, they’ll certainly inspire you to seek more of them out.

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