Cool stairs in San Francisco

Cool stairs in San Francisco

 Cool stairs in San Francisco

Cool stairs in San Francisco

There is nothing like climbing up somewhere that is inspiring and part of a journey, and when you finally get to the top, you just may be rewarded with fantastic views of a city skyline or even a peak to San Francisco bay. That’s probably what you may find climbing some of the amazing and cool stairs of San Francisco – you just don’t know what to expect to find at the end of your climb.  Don’t worry, it’s worth the effort visiting some of the local stairs in these neighborhoods which are lovingly cared for by the community. Checking out the cool stairs of San Francisco is definitely a fun way to explore the different parts and unknown areas of the city.

Take a look and see some of these wonderful staircases of San Francisco


Katherine Delmar Burke School Cool stairs in San Francisco

Mosaic stairs of Lincoln Park Steps

Created mostly from private funds and fundraising from the Katherine Delmar Burke School next door, this stunning staircase display at Lincoln Park steps is stunning to witness and a relatively new addition to the mosaic stairs in the city. Created by artist Aileen Barr who spent over ten years to create and finesse this stunning mosaic staircase. It is truly a labor of love from the artist and the local community that did all the prep work and fundraising to make this stunning art display and staircase to the top of Lincoln Park. The staircase is only 52 steps and when you get to the top, you’ll see Lincoln park and the surround neighborhood with views of the downtown skyline in the background.


Lincoln Park Steps Cool stairs in San Francisco




Lincoln Park Steps Cool stairs in San Francisco




Lincoln Park Steps Cool stairs in San Francisco





The Vulcan Stairs Cool stairs in San Francisco


The Vulcan Steps

Not well visited but well maintained by the local gardeners that have homes in the area, this hidden staircase is about two blocks long and almost feels like a jungle in the big city. With mature trees and sweet peek a boo gardens, it is fun to walk through and even have a nice talk with some of the neighbors that help to keep up the garden staircase. You will find some quirky homes and interesting gardens to look at along the way to the top with some nice views of the immediate neighborhood below.


Annuals in bloom at the Vulcan Stairs in San Francisco


Cherry blossoms in bloom on the Vulcan Steps




Cherry blossoms in bloom at the Vulcan Stairs in San Francisco





Colorful homes at the Vulcan Stairs in San Francisco





Views from the top of the Vulcan Stairs in San Francisco



The Saturn Stairs Cool stairs in San Francisco


Saturn Street Stairs


Just a short walk down from the Vulcan stairs is another set of stairs at Saturn Street.  It’s located off 17th street and Saturn with relatively easy parking on the street. (at least in the morning hours). From the street you can easily find the stairs to start your climb up the fairly easy block long staircase.  The best thing about visiting this local staircase is that it is lovingly cared for the entire neighborhood and if you make it to the top of this short climb, it has some wonderful views of the Castro area with peek a boo views of the bay below.



Cactus blooms on Saturn Stairs Cool stairs in San Francisco


A profusion of annual colors on display



Colorful annuals at Saturn Stairs Cool stairs in San Francisco



Views from the top of Saturn Street Stairs


Views from the top of Saturn Stairs Cool stairs in San Francisco





16th Avenue Mosaic stairs

One of the most colorful and popular stairs to visit in San Francisco are the 16th Avenue mosaic stairs. This large staircase is definitely worth visiting and easy to get to with public bus transportation. At the base of the stairs you will find mostly California native plants that are carefully planted and maintained by local neighbors who live in the area.  To find out more information and cool pictures of stunning mosaic work, check out my recent post on the 16th Avenue stairs here.


16th Avenue stairs Cool stairs in San Francisco


California native flowers blooming at 16th avenue


California native blooms at 16th Avenue stairs Cool stairs in San Francisco




Filbert Steps Cool stairs in San Francisco

Filbert Steps

A short walk from Little Italy and right at the base of Coit tower from the parking lot is where the Filbert steps can be found and leading you down to the base of the Financial district at Sansome street. Along the way you will find a lush and green oasis in the middle of the urban downtown areas of the city with hidden gardens, beautiful vistas of the bay and some fun garden art sprinkled around this walk down the Filbert Steps. If you want more information and details check out my post of the Filbert steps here. For those scared to climb the stairs back up to Coit tower, there is public transportation close by or you can easily flag down a cab to take you anywhere in the city.


Annuals in bloom at the Filbert steps in San Francisco


Gorgeous spring blossoms and hidden gardens at the Filbert Steps


Annuals in bloom at the Filbert steps Cool stairs in San Francisco


Greenwich Steps

Another set of stairs that originates from the top of Coit Tower is the Greenwich steps. You can access the Greenwich steps from the parking lot and down to the main area with signage that leads you down a string of the stairs. You will find more secret gardens with beautiful annuals and perennials well taken cared of by the neighbors along with wonderful views of the bay below you.  For more details and lovely pictures of these hidden gardens and walks in North Beach, check out my Greenwich post here .


The Greenwich Steps Cool stairs in San Francisco


Beautiful gardens on Greenwich stairs



The Greenwich Steps Cool stairs in San Francisco



University of San Francisco

Overlooked even by the locals this staircase and viewing areas above are quite nice  to visit and check out the scenic panoramas of the city.  The main entrance to the Lone Mountain University starts on the north side of Turk Boulevard in a curving staircase that is modeled after the Spanish Steps in Rome. Once you get to the top, you will be rewards with beautiful skyline views of the city, mountains and the bay area below you. Their are some nice gardens with benches on top to sit or you can walk around the campus to check out the views from all different parts of the promontory campus.


University of San Francisco steps Cool stairs in San Francisco

The classical stairs of USF


Views from the University of San Francisco steps Cool stairs in San Francisco



Hill views to Sutro Tower


Views from the University of San Francisco steps Cool stairs in San Francisco





Forest setting at the University of San Francisco steps Cool stairs in San Francisco


I hope that this has inspired you for exploring some of these wonderful staircases and landmarks around San Francisco. Have you been to some of these places or know some other interesting places to explore and photograph? Please do share them in the comments section below. Thanks for visiting today and checking out this post on Cool stairs in San Francisco, hopefully some of these places will inspire you to visit when you come to the city. If you enjoyed the images and post, could you please share it with any of the social media buttons located around the post.

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11 Responses to Cool stairs in San Francisco

  1. Rhonda Albom January 7, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    What an interesting collection and such a cool way to look at the city. I love the mosaic stairs. I lived in the SF area for 15 years, and I really do miss it.

  2. anto June 20, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Colorful! I once remember seeing such a thing in Lima and ever since I’ve had this thing for mosaic …

  3. LeAnna Brown June 19, 2016 at 11:36 pm #

    I LOVE when places make art just apart of the city somehow! It makes just wandering around just as enjoyable as seeing the main sights!

  4. Mar Pages June 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    Oh wow, those flights of stairs are just stunning. Mosaic art always amazes me at the amount of effort it takes, and almost always results in something amazing.

  5. Rob June 19, 2016 at 6:41 am #

    It has been years and years since I have been to San Francisco. I new the it is a city of hills but it never occurred to me that there would be so many cool stairs. The photos are great and I bet the city looked wonderful with all of those flowers.

  6. Monika June 19, 2016 at 4:22 am #

    Amazing stairs. It must have been wore a hard job to do something like that.

  7. Carly Moore June 19, 2016 at 3:26 am #

    Wowww!! Thats really amazing, all those different things made from mosaic tile. It must have taken ages to do the patterns on the steps.

  8. Julie June 19, 2016 at 2:08 am #

    What gorgeous photos! I had no idea that San Fran had such beautiful stairs (although I do know there are a TON!). I particularly loved the Lincoln Park stairs. Such gorgeous tile.

  9. Darlene June 19, 2016 at 1:45 am #

    oh Wooowww! so this is where those stairs are located. I’ve seen them in IG before and didn’t know they were in San Fran. Amazing photos you got here! I love art so will def look for this in the future. 🙂

  10. Nisha June 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

    You have created a very vibrant and joyful atmosphere here. 🙂

    I particularly liked the Lincoln Park Steps. very creative.

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Anna Faustino June 18, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    I LOVE San Francisco. So many cool things-just like this. Been there numerous times but have never seen this so thanks for the tip!

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