Explore the Mission on This Self-Guided Walking Tour
Explore San Francisco's oldest and most vibrant neighborhood on foot with this self-guided tour.
Despite our famous hills and many microclimates, San Francisco is a city best explored on foot. If you're looking to explore some of San Francisco's most famous neighborhoods by pounding the pavement, try this self-guided itinerary from local authors Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson. What follows is 1 of 17 walks from their book, "Walking San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive", edited and condensed for our website.
Explore San Francisco's Mission District
Sunny, artsy, and vibrant, The Mission is the oldest settled area of San Francisco. Follow this route along a grand boulevard of towering palms past stately old churches, historic buildings, and classic Victorian and Edwardian homes. Look up and down streets for surprise views, explore all the eateries around Dolores Park, stop to catch your breath at the top of the hills, and absorb the beauty. Then, if you’re up for a real San Francisco experience, we've got a fantastic return loop for you.
Begin: Market St. at 14th St.
End: Cesar Chavez St. at Mission St.
Distance: Main Route: 1.9 miles, 3,800 steps, 40 minutes
Walk Back: 1.9 miles, 3,800 steps, 40 minutes
Hill Steepness Rating: 3 of 5