Hiking in the Marin Headlands across the Golden Gate Bridge (©Kirke Wrench/NPS)
The Bay Area is home to a large number of outdoor enthusiasts—ultra-marathoners, triathletes, avid cyclists, backpackers and windsurfers take advantage of all the glorious natural splendor that's so conveniently accessible to the city of San Francisco. The mild temperatures allow for year-round outdoor recreation, and the region boasts an exhaustive variety of spectacular landscapes, diverse terrain and majestic wildlife (from mountain lions to orcas).
To really appreciate the San Francisco Bay Area, take a cue from local athletes and nature-lovers and plan your own outdoor adventure. Run through Crissy Field or Golden Gate Park, bike over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, climb up Mt. Tam or spend a day hiking through the rugged Marin Headlands.