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5 Unexpected Travel Tips for San Francisco

Home to tech entrepreneurs and freewheeling artists alike, the city by the bay is a sun-soaked hub (well, except for the fog) to suit all dispositions. If you’re headed to this hilly peninsula, here are five quick tips you may not find in your guidebook.

Hardest Hairpin Turns: Lombard is famous, but Vermont Street (in Potrero Hill) is the city’s curviest street.

Top Urban Hike: Head to the Lands End Trail, running from Ocean Beach to Sutro Baths.

Superior Scoop: Humphry Slocombe. Or Bi-Rite. No, wait, Mitchell’s!

Coolest View: Coit Tower is a 210-foot spire in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood, with panoramic views spanning from the Golden Gate to the Bay Bridge.

Free (Hidden) Thrills: The Seward Street Slides, a set of concrete slides designed by a 14-year-old kid in 1973. For the smoothest ride, bring some cardboard with you.

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