I know very little about San Francisco, but I can tell you that everyone who’s spent time there has told me I’d love it. So when I had the chance to pop in and out for a work trip last week, I made certain I could carve out three hours for a good walk to explore at least a few neighborhoods.
Walkable.com rates San Francisco as the second most walkable city in the U.S. after New York City. Looking at a two-dimensional map, that makes complete sense to me.
But I’d have to ask the folks at walkable.com if they accounted for the extraordinary hills in the city (I’m thinking: no). If it hadn’t been for the amount of walking I regularly do, I’m not sure I could’ve covered so much ground.
For those of you who know SF, my route took me from my hotel on Market Street to Union Square to Chinatown for dinner. Afterwards, I headed up Columbus to Little Italy, over to Nob Hill, and back down to Market Street. It really is gorgeous city–incredibly colorful–and everyone I met was super-smart, pleasant and chill. I’ll go back any time.