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America's most relaxed city

Called “The Paris of the West,” San Francisco is a city that wears its charms on its sleeve. With weeping views of the Bay and the Pacific coast from its famous hills, it’s also known as America’s foodie capital and one of the world’s intellectual hubs. From its true birth during the Gold Rush, the city by the Bay has been home to renegades, social movements and artists of all stripes. Don’t miss the vibrant Mission District, the famous hippie neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury, or the shopping Mecca of Union Square.

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Harry Steps

Harry Steps

San Francisco's "hairiest" stairs

San Francisco's "hairiest" stairs Editors' Note

Harry Street, also known as the Harry Steps, is made up of mostly wooden stairs, starting from Laidley and reaching to Beacon Street. They stairway is engulfed in a jungle of banana trees, vines, palms and even snakes. On the way up, the houses are charming, but the climb is steep—use the handrails.

The climb from Laidley to Beacon Street, up Harry Street, is a steep one. So steep that it had to become stairs. The Harry Steps in San Francisco will make you feel like you’re in the jungle with all of the lush green plants and exotic flowers, and your heart racing from the climb.

The stairway is lined with vines and creepers, palm leaves, banana trees and beautiful flowers you may have never seen growing in the ground. Charming houses peek out of the plant life along the way. And when you reach the top, you can give yourself a pat on the back, knowing you just climbed the 241 stairs of Harry Steps.

Harry Steps
Harry St, San Francisco, CA, 94131 San Francisco