9 Stunning Staircases To Climb In San Francisco

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

9 Stunning Staircases To Climb In San Francisco

Spot some spectacular public art and get a workout in at the same time!

There’s no shortage of stunning public art pieces in San Francisco, and visitors and residents alike love San Francisco’s iconic staircases. But have you seen them all? Check our list to find out!

1. 16th Ave tiled steps

Location: Moraga Street x 15th/16th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

The Golden Gate Heights neighborhood is home to this beautiful community collaboration created by artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher. The 163 steps are covered in handmade tiles sponsored by neighbors.


2. Hidden Garden Steps

Location: 1520 16th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

This beautiful community project was finished in 2013. Admire flower and insect designs on 148 steps across 9 different sections. Each section has its own design, but they blend together to create a cohesive flow.


3. Lincoln Park steps

Location: 32nd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, United States

These steps date back to the early 1900s, and their beautiful design from artist Aileen Barr was added in 2014. Once you get to to the top of the 52 steps, relax on one of the beautiful matching benches.


4. Lyon Street Steps 

Location: 2545-2551 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123

This magnificent staircase is found in the swanky neighborhood of Pacific Heights. Admire pristine landscaping and views of multi-million dollar homes on the way up, as well as a great view of the city when you reach the top.


5. Arelious Walker Stairway (Flights of Fancy)

Location:  Innes St, San Francisco, CA 94107


This is another beautiful stairway created by artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher. The dynamic community project connects an isolated low-income neighborhood to the India Basin Shoreline, the Bay Trail, and other beautiful areas.


6. Alta Plaza Park Stairs

Location: Alta Plaza Park, Jackson St. &, Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94115

These broad, magnificent steps are found in Alta Plaza Park and provide a dramatic backdrop for some great photos. 


7. Embarcadero Center Staircase

 Location: Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

Embarcadero Center is a great place to do some shopping, but the floor design and optical illusion spiral staircase are worth a trip all on their own. 


8. Avalon Greenspace Steps 

Location: 745 Avalon Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

A group of creative neighbors began renovating this abandoned hillside in 2008. Once a graffiti spot where people threw old furniture, it’s now a beautiful space for drought tolerant native plants.


9. Musical Stairs 

Location: Pier 39, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133

Artist Remo Saraceni created this interactive musical exhibit on Pier 39. Take a stroll up or down the stairs and listen to jazzy piano tunes!


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