Reborn after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake toppled the Central Freeway overpass, sunny Hayes Valley is now better known for its cafes, boutiques, urban gardens, and the largest Zen center outside Asia. Line up at the garage door for Blue Bottle coffee, and you're practically local already. Six blocks uphill is Alamo Square, a hilltop park framed by "painted ladies"—the gingerbread-trimmed Victorian row houses that signify San Francisco in movies.
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Getting Around San Francisco
The best way to get around San Francisco is by walking, taxi and public transit. Parking can be expensive ($20-$40 depending on location). Street parking can be difficult to find and is often limited to two hours or less. San Francisco's MUNI operates trolleys, cable cars, and buses throughout the city. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) serves as a major artery of San Francisco as well as several surrounding cities.
Nearby Airports
  • San Francisco International Airport-SFO
  • Oakland International Airport-OAK
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport-SJC
Airport Taxis
  • From SFO-$37
  • From OAK-$50
  • From SJC-$145
Things to Do and See Near Hayes Valley