Filbert steps in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #44

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Filbert steps in San Francisco – Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling. You can also check us out on Twitter for Travel Photo Mondays at #tpMondays for more updates and submissions for the day.

The lush landscape around Filbert Steps

The lush landscape around Filbert Steps in San Francisco

Do you love to take hidden walks or back streets to very popular cities to see something different from the typical tourist destinations? If so, come and take this walk with me today down the Filbert Steps in the North Beach area – it’s a small neighborhood with little Victorian homes, community gardens and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay.


Coit Tower in San Francisco

Coit Tower in San Francisco




Starting from the top, we are at the famous Coit Tower landmark so we can admire the views to the city and the entire Bay Area.  Typically the scenery of the city and San Francisco bay is beautiful, but today it’s mostly hazy with cloudy skies and limited views. Oh well, it’s still nice, but we’ll have to come back another time when the weather is clearer.


Cloudy day views to the Golden Gate bridge

Cloudy day views to the Golden Gate bridge





Just to the left side of Coit Tower is the entry to the Filbert Steps. It starts to descend quickly into lush forested areas that you wouldn’t expect to find in a very dense and urban environment like San Francisco.


Trees in bloom on Filbert Steps

Trees in bloom on Filbert Steps in San Francisco





We keep descending down more stairs and the forest clears to a neighborhood with Victorian homes and small gardens adjoining the steps. It seems like everything is starting to bloom all at the same time in the gardens – a very colorful scene with the roses, annuals, vines and even flowering trees sending out cascades of blooms in every direction.


Roses in bloom on Filbert Steps

Roses in bloom on Filbert Steps



Don’t you just love to explore back streets like this and not knowing what you’ll see next? It’s as if you were walking unexpectedly into someone’s private garden, which in this case, you are actually climbing down some public stairs and looking into these private gardens.  What a surprise to find something like this especially when all this springtime beauty greets you – it’s so far removed from all the tourists and tourist traps around the city.


Peeking into a beautiful private garden on Filbert Steps

Peeking into a beautiful private garden on Filbert Steps


Community gardens on Filbert Steps

The tour just gets better as we descend further down the Filbert Steps into some community gardens with stunning views of the bay and city. It must be wonderful to see a sunrise or sunset along with views to these gardens and San Francisco Bay.  Ah yes, location, location, location – this is what prime real estate property looks like – and for those of us that cannot afford to live here, it’s just as nice to get a glimpse of this idyllic place and lifestyle.


Filbert Steps community gardens

Filbert Steps community gardens


The community gardens are lovingly maintained by local neighbors that want to grow and enjoy flowers and even plant some fruit and vegetables from the garden.  What a better way to hang out with your neighbors enjoying something fun and connected to nature even especially in an urban environment.



Roses in bloom on Filbert Steps

Roses in bloom on Filbert Steps






Beautiful annuals and perennials in at Filbert Steps

Beautiful annuals and perennials in at Filbert Steps



Well that was a fun tour, don’t you think?  Now that we are finally close to the bottom of the steps and the next decision is a tough one, should we walk up all those the steps back to Coit Tower or just take a taxi to the next destination….hmm what do you do in this situation?



Looking back up Filbert Steps

Looking back up Filbert Steps



I hope you enjoyed this tour of Coit Tower and the Filbert Steps in San Francisco, a not so discovered spot among San Francisco’s many tourist attractions.  This is my contribution for Travel Photo Mondays, please do check out the other links below for more travel posts and pictures.



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51 Responses to Filbert steps in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #44

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  3. Terry at Overnight New York June 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    I love San Francisco and haven’t been there for a few months, so looking at your pictures is a pleasure — especially Coit Tower peeking over Filbert Steps.

  4. Mary @Green Global Travel May 26, 2014 at 4:38 am #

    Beautiful photos. “Trees in bloom” remind me of exploding fireworks. Thanks for sharing this little slice of green in San Francisco. I can almost smell those roses!

  5. Micki May 25, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Gorgeous! I really have to get to San Francisco again soon!

  6. Travelogged May 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    SF is so beautiful — gorgeous photos!

  7. Penny Sadler May 24, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    Hey Noel, this looks lovely. I think I was there many many years past. Next time I’m in SF I’ll check it out.

  8. alison May 21, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    Noel, What a beautiful walk you have captured. I always try to get out into some green space when I am visiting a city and you’ve offered up the perfect spot. Those foxgloves…be still my heart! I’d be interested to see what it looks like in the fall during a completely different season.

  9. Chris Boothman May 21, 2014 at 4:02 am #

    What a gorgeous stroll around a beautiful part of San Francisco. We were fortunate to explore this part of San Fran also during our trip last year, though at the time the flora wasn’t quite as colorful yet still very attractive. This is such a relaxing part of the city and of course you can get some stunning views over the Bay area and Golden Gate Bridge (we were fortunate in this respect that it was a gorgeous Summer’s day).

  10. Catherine May 20, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    Such pretty photos Noel!… I love hidden areas of any city, especially when you come upon quiet beautiful gardens like these. They seem to have been waiting just for you 😉 Makes me wish I had more time to wander and explore San Francisco way back when…

  11. Casey @ A Cruising Couple May 19, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    Very interesting! I’ve been to San Fran, but not to the filbert Steps. Will remember it for next time around!

  12. Jackie De Burca May 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    A wonderful photo tour as always Noel. I especially liked – Peeking into a beautiful private garden on Filbert Steps. What a magical sculpture surrounded by nature.

  13. Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal May 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    I love these steps and visiting Coit Tower, the views are incredible there. Fantastic pictures!!

  14. Anna | slightly astray May 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Wow, I’ve been to San Francisco quite a few times (being a Californian) but I did not know about this place! It looks beautiful from the pictures. I like that it’s not so touristy and it has such a great view of the bridge. I wonder how many steps there were 🙂

  15. Patti May 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Coit Tower has such an interesting story. Thanks for the visual return to the Bay Area, our home for 30+ years.

  16. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas May 19, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    San Fran is the one great American city I’ve left to explore. It’s been on my list for ages!

  17. Gran Canaria Local May 19, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    We always look forward to your Travel Photo Mondays, Noel. This one brought back memories, though. As we briefly worked in San Francisco sometime last Millennium.

  18. Paul (@luxury__travel) May 19, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Lovely to see such an oasis of colour in what is obviously a very busy city. I have never been to San Francisco before, but I have a feeling I would enjoy it if I did get to go one day…

  19. Lee Briggs May 19, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    I have never heard of the Filbert Steps before. Thanks for the information and the beautiful photos. This is something that I will probably check out next time I’m in San Francisco.

  20. Kathy May 19, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    Totally lovin’ that shot of the Golden Gate in fog!

  21. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go May 19, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Such amazing photos and I loved how you made the walk seem like a private stroll; as if it were just a quiet walk through your neighborhood!

  22. Bianca @itsallbee May 19, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    Beautiful pictures Noel. I always love taking pictures of flowers better yet just enjoying the display of colours when I am in the parks or gardens nearby.

  23. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey May 19, 2014 at 4:30 am #

    Those community gardens are just super! Great shots Noel.

  24. Emma May 18, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    I love your pictures… It always amazes me how green cities can be! Emma 🙂

  25. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} May 18, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Take a taxi! These are indeed such beautifully lush gardens. It must be wonderful to actually live in one of those Victorian homes and so close to a great view of the bay and bridge. Did everyone have a fantastic yard, or were some homes holdouts? I like that there’s a community garden there so that you don’t have to be a property owner to enjoy gardening along the Filbert Steps. I’ve never heard of these but will keep them in mind whenever I head to SF.

  26. Corinne May 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    Noel, You always take such gorgeous flower shots!

  27. Esther May 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    Thanx for hosting a great party!

  28. Molly S May 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    I love seeking out ‘back corners’ of cities like that – the Filbert Steps look wonderful! I’d love to go to San Francisco. Maybe one day….:)

  29. jesh StG May 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    The yellow Brugmansia and the red bottlebrush are my favorite markers on this beautiful walk – so many flowers to see! Have to tell my daughters about this walk:)

    • Noel May 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      Yes the brugmansias were everywhere adn the calistemon was stunning in full bloom, this was really a nice walk even walking all the way upshill which is what I ended up doing so I could get a cannoli in North Beach.

  30. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo May 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I love finding unusual ways of visiting a city (as you saw in my recent post on Cannes) and the views from these steps make a perfect tour of SF. I think I’d take a taxi to my next stop rather than walk back up again!!

  31. muzachan May 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Beautiful photos 🙂

  32. santafetraveler May 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Great flower photos. Noel!

  33. Ming L. May 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    I was in San Francisco a couple months ago and visited the 16th Street steps but not Filbert. I missed out!

  34. Marilyn Armstrong May 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    My favorite is the Golden Gate in the mist. We had friends who lived on that twisty road, at the top. That was the view off their balcony. All you pictures are beautiful but that one makes me remember those great weeks we spent in San Francisco.

  35. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it May 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Did you count how many steps you descended? How fun to see so many different flowers. We visit San Fran often and now I’ve added these steps to my next time list.

  36. Michelle May 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Your photos took my breath away – every single one of them. I visited San Francisco last Fall, but spent the entire time hiking in Marin County. I plan to see the city of San Francisco someday and would love to visit these gardens. I love flowers!

  37. Lois Alter Mark May 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Gorgeous pictures! It’s always fun to see the beauty in our own country. I am definitely going to plan a visit next time I’m in San Francisco.

  38. Bron May 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    So glad I found your site and some amazing photos. I look forward to following your adventures. Bron

  39. the cape on the corner May 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    thank you so much for hosting and sharing your wonderful photos.

  40. Mary {The World Is A Book} May 18, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    After all those SF visitis, I didn’t know about this hidden gem or never made it to the Coit Tower area. Thanks for the Spring inspiration. Beautiful photos!

  41. Lauren May 18, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Lovely, bright photos! I think the view is still nice despite the haziness! Would love to visit San Fran some day!


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