From its most urban neighborhoods to its rugged coastal trails, San Francisco is a city best seen on foot. Located on the tip of a peninsula, its small size also makes it a singularly walking-friendly city, with numerous points of interest packed into a relatively small area. Whether you’re visiting the city or have taken up residence here, one of our favorite things to do is to take one of the many city walks in San Francisco with a view. 

While some of the San Francisco walks included here are loops, many begin and end in different places. Public transit is usually the easiest way to negotiate the different start and end points. For downloading schedules and visitor passes visit www.sfmta.com or check out the maps located at bus shelters around San Francisco.

Polk Gulch and Russian Hill

Featuring San Francisco’s most famous street, soaring views, cobblestone alleys, cable cars, French bakeries, murals, and some fine boutiques, this walk through a vibrant area of San Francisco offers a tremendous variety of attractions.

DIFFICULTY: Steep

Begin at Pacific and Polk (via bus #12 or 19). Over the course of the next few blocks, you’ll pass a string of small shops and quirky restaurants.

Turn right on Union and left on Hyde–note the low hum of cable-car cables circulating under the tracks and stop at Lombard. Savor the glorious views from this popular perch, watch the cable cars climb Hyde’s steep incline, and peer down Lombard Street, San Francisco’s most scenic and famous street, paved in signature pink brick and lined with abundant hydrangeas and handsome homes.

Built in 1922 with an astonishing eight switchbacks packed into one block, the street was designed to make the hilltop accessible to automobiles. Descend the crooked street and turn left on Leavenworth, then right on Chestnut. Continue down Chestnut, turn right on Jones, and head up the hill.

Past Union, turn left into Macondray Lane, a narrow, tree-lined cobblestone alley. This is the street upon which Armistead Maupin based Barbary Lane in his beloved Tales of the City series. After this momentary respite, turn left on Taylor to return to Union, where you can catch bus #41 or 45.

Buena Vista Park and Beyond

This city walk, featuring two rugged hilltop parks rising out of an elegant neighborhood, offers memorable views of the entire Bay Area and a glimpse of one of San Francisco’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

DIFFICULTY: Steep

View over San Francisco from Buena Vista Park

View over San Francisco from Buena Vista Park

Start at Haight and Baker (via bus #6 or 7). Take a moment to admire the lovingly preserved Victorians on the eastern corners before heading up the staircase into the majestic hillside Buena Vista Park.

Relatively little known, San Francisco’s oldest park rewards visitors with magnificent views of the city, the bay, and the Marin Headlands filtered through a lush forest of cypress, eucalyptus, and pine trees, some of which are over 100 years old. Several paths run through this urban forest; to reach the vista point at the top, head straight up and then left along the main paved trail, continuing up through a series of switchbacks. The views appear as you spiral upward. 

Continue up the winding path, or take the steps to reach the grassy knoll at the top. Catch your breath and savor the soaring views (you may want to plan ahead for a picnic here).

Exit the park, following the elegant Upper Terrace to the end, where it affords a splendid view of Twin Peaks to the south. Loop to the right. Take the pedestrian walkway on the left. which boasts unobstructed views of Golden Gate Park, Lands End, and the ocean. Turn left at the bottom of the stairs onto 17th, then left again onto Roosevelt.

Stay left, veering right at Loma Vista. Corona Heights Park is ahead of you. Beyond the dog run is a rocky outcrop with a dirt footpath leading to a treeless vista point with spectacular 360-degree views. If you’re traveling with kids, consider visiting the Randall Museum (199 Museum Way), a children’s center tucked below the park.

Otherwise, continue along Roosevelt and turn left on Park Hill, then right on Buena Vista East, admiring the gorgeous homes that line the park, to return to where you started.

Ocean Beach

The natural beauty of San Francisco’s location is highlighted on this waterfront walk on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

Begin at the end of Point Lobos Avenue (via bus# 18, 38), near the entrance to Sutro Heights Park. Once the site of the home and gardens of Mayor Adolph Sutro, it is today a lovely 18-acre hilltop park. Head in the main entrance and tour the grounds, savoring the ocean views from its westernmost point. Check out the historic plaques to see its former grandeur.

Return to Point Lobos Avenue, looping downhill to the newly renovated Cliff House (#1090). Originally built in 1863, it burned down in 1894, then again in 1907. The newly renovated building rewards the visitor with glorious views from its perch on the city’s edge and houses two stylish new restaurants.

The elegant Sutro’s restaurant and adjoining bar offers north-lacing views from its soaring floor-to ceiling windows, and the light-filled Bistro boasts gorgeous views of Ocean Beach, which extends almost five miles south, and the Pacific fading into the horizon.

Continue along the waterfront esplanade to the Dutch Windmill. Turn left into Golden Gate Park beyond the windmill, which sits by the small, pretty Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden. The windmill was built in 1902 to supply much-needed water for the western side of the park.

Continue south to the Beach Chalet (1000 Great Highway). The murals on the ground floor were sponsored by the federal Works Progress Administration in 1936, and displays show how the area consisted of sand before the Sunset district was developed. The restaurant upstairs boasts fine ocean views, or head to the new glassed-in Park Chalet in the rear of the building. Continue along the beach to the N train two blocks south of the park.

Lands End

This oceanfront trail rewards the visitor with spectacular views of the Pacific and the entrance to the bay. As you hike along the rugged cliffs, you may find it hard to believe that you are still within city limits. This area also features one of San Francisco’s loveliest museums.

DIFFICULTY: Moderate to steep

Sutro Baths at Lands End overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Sutro Baths at Lands End overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Begin at California and 32nd (via bus #1). Walk north to the Coastal Trail trailhead. As you hike along the dirt trail amid the eucalyptuses and pines, stop to take in the gorgeous views.

Several trails leading off to the right end at vista points that allow you to look back on the entrance to the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge spanning its narrow opening, and the Marin Headlands across the way. Continue along the trail, descending to the right when you come to a fork.

The trail ends at a parking lot. Head to its western edge to enjoy the unobstructed ocean views and to observe the ruins of the Sutro Baths. Built by Mayor Adolph Sutro and opened in 1896, the baths consisted of several pools housed within a massive structure made of iron and stained glass. The extraordinary creation eventually lost popularity, and it burned down in a fire in 1967. The concrete pools are all that remain today.

Head back the way you came. Take the wide paved road heading uphill on your right, looping around to the left of the Lincoln Park Golf Course to reach the Palace of the Legion of Honor. This fine-arts museum, specializing in European art and best known for its impressive collection of Rodin sculptures, was built by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to replicate its eponymous French counterpart and completed in 1924.

Enter the Court of Honor to admire Rodin’s Thinker. After your visit, take El Camino del Mar to return to where you started, stopping at the arresting Holocaust Memorial on the parking lot’s western edge before heading down the hill and turning right on 32nd.

The Golden Gate Bridge to Baker Beach

This trail offers splendid ocean views and passes several artillery batteries, harking back to when the Presidio was not just a playground for locals but also a military base protecting the entrance to the bay. The walk ends at one of San Francisco’s most scenic beaches.

DIFFICULTY: Steep (though mostly downhill)

Begin at the Golden Gate Bridge vista point (via bus #28 or 29).

Walk over to the flagpole, then down to the paved bike trail that loops under the bridge (watch for cyclists here). Just as you begin to ascend on the far side of the bridge, take the dirt footpath leading off to the right. This puts you on the Coastal Trail, which hugs the shoreline all the way to Baker Beach.

You’ll first come upon Battery Boutelle, dating to 1900, then a parking lot; the trail continues straight across the road. Go through the forested area and continue alongside Lincoln. Note the World War II Memorial across the street on your left. Just beyond it, a narrow trail marked by a fence leads steeply down toward the water. This leads to Battery Crosby. Return to the main trail.

You’ll soon come upon another trail with a sign to Baker Beach. This is a steep and sandy descent, but there is a cable to help you. Battery Chamberlin hosts a gun demonstration the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of each month and houses a small exhibit focusing on the coastal defenses of the city.

Just beyond it is Baker Beach; its picturesque location and relative protection from ocean breezes makes it a popular destination.

Cliffs rise to the west, where the mansions of the affluent Seaclifl neighborhood perch on the ocean’s edge. The Golden Gate Bridge soars to the right, and the Marin Headlands loom ahead.

This mile-long beach is great for walking, but it is not suitable for swimming. Note that the northern end is a nude beach, Walk up the street from the main parking lot to catch bus #29.

Fort Mason

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985, Fort Mason has been converted into a thriving waterfront cultural center:

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

Begin at Marina and Buchanan (via bus #28). Originally built as a military compound more than 200 years ago, Fort Mason was headquarters for the San Francisco Port of Embarkation, which sent troops and cargo to the Pacific Theater of War during World War II.

Enter the main gate west of Buchanan beyond the parking lot, and head toward the waterfront warehouses. Building A houses the SFMOMA Artists Gallery. Greens, a long-standing vegetarian restaurant operated by the San Francisco Zen Center, boasts unparalleled views from its floor-to-ceiling windows, and a deli stocked with picnic fare.

Ascend the steps behind Building E. Loop counterclockwise along the pink paved path around the Great Meadow, stopping to pay homage to the statue of Phillip Burton (the congressman responsible for protecting 74,000 acres of city and North Bay land from development).

After completing the loop, head northeast on the main road, veering up and to the right to view the well-hidden Black Point Battery, originally a Spanish cannon emplacement dating to 1797 and later a Civil War fortification set into a bluff overlooking the bay; an original 1860s cannon is still in place. Retrace your steps to the main road and continue toward the Municipal Pier, where anglers and seagulls pluck fish from the bay. Catch bus #19 on Polk.

Telegraph Hill

Coit Tower, perched atop Telegraph Hill, is one of San Francisco’s most recognizable landmarks, and the neighborhood that clings to the hillside is a world unto itself.

DIFFICULTY: Steep

Telegraph Hill and local landmark Coit Tower

Coit tower on telegraph hill, san francisco

Begin at Francisco and Stockton (via bus #15) and head up the hill half a block, turning left onto Pfeiffer, a quiet residential street. Turn right on Grant and left on Greenwich, and head up the steps toward Coit Tower, built to honor the city’s firefighters; the surrounding park is dedicated to the memory of California’s pioneers. The 180-foot tower, completed in 1934, not only offers magnificent views from the top but also houses murals of local Depression-era scenes.

After savoring the glorious views (loop around the tower’s base to reach the vista point overlooking San Francisco to the south-or plan ahead and have a picnic on the grassy knoll there), head down the street east of the tower, looping left onto Filbert, which leads to the Filbert Street Steps. You will find yourself on a magically lush, green, and quiet hillside, flanked by homes hugging the steep slope. It is difficult to believe that this cluster of tree houses can exist in the heart of such an urban area.

If you’re lucky, you’ll hear (or see) the flock of wild parrots that inhabit the trees here. Descend the stairs, and emerge into the real world at Levi Plaza. Cross through the plaza, turn left on Battery to reach the Embarcadero.

Cross the street and head over to the Pier 23 Cafe (at Pier 23), an inviting waterfront restaurant in a small white building tucked between enormous piers. It offers one of San Francisco’s few casual waterfront-dining experiences, with good value and ambiance. Walk off your meal with a waterfront stroll, then catch one of the historic streetcars that rumble along the Embarcadero.

Fort Funston

This oceanfront park- -notable for its views, natural landscape, historic military installations, hang gliding, and popularity with local dog owners–attracts all types. Although it is difficult to reach the park via public transit, once here, you’ll feel as if you’ve left the city of San Francisco far behind.

DIFFICULTY: Moderate (mostly flat, with one steep hill up from the beach)

Begin at the parking lot at the top of the park (exit off Skyline; the closest buses are #19 and 88). This extraordinary park has several claims to fame. It is a premier dog-walking park, a historic site scattered with the ruins of various artillery batteries, an oceanfront area with gorgeous bluffs, beach access, and some of the only remaining sand dunes within city limits, and a popular launching point for hang gliders.

Begin by heading out to the observation platform along the wooden boardwalk west of the parking lot. You’ll be rewarded with outstanding views of the Pacific, dramatic cliffs to the south, Ocean Beach, two former military batteries tucked into the hillside, and, if the wind is right, a fantastic air show as hang gliders take off and soar above.

Return to the parking lot and descend the sandy coastal trail to the south of the boardwalk to the beach. Stroll south along the beach, taking in the sea breeze, the dogs romping in the surf, and the gradually crumbling cliff formations.

Retrace your steps and clamber your way back up. Then take the loop trail that begins north of the parking lot. Head along the paved trail, then take the sandy left fork that hugs the coastline, savoring the views and noting the massive gun batteries built between the two world wars.

On clear days, you’ll see Point Reyes to the north and the Farallon Islands to the west. When you come to the end, head under the battery to connect with the paved Sunset Trail, and turn right to return to the parking lot.

Bernal Heights

This neighborhood retains a cozy village-like atmosphere. A lovely hillside park with glorious views and easy access to San Francisco’s oldest farmers’ market make this a diverting outing.

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

Begin at Cortland and Bocana (via bus #24). This is a neighborhood in transition: In the late 1800s it was a land of dairy ranches run by Irish immigrants. It was later inhabited by many working in the naval shipyards during World War II and is now a gentrifying neighborhood full of young families.

Then head up Ellsworth to Bernal Heights Park, a grassy hilltop knoll with magnificent views from its 500-foot peak. Several trails loop around the park at different heights; some are quite precipitous, but there’s no way to get lost. The eastern end is less steep, and the lower trails are wider than the narrow paths around the radio tower at the top.

After enjoying the views, the greenery, and the fresh (often windy) air, return to Cortland. Food buffs should visit the Alemany Farmers’ Market (operating on Saturdays from 6 A.M. to 5 P.M. since 1947). To reach it, continue east down Cortland, turn right on Putnam, and take it over the hill. Less fancy than its Ferry Plaza counterpart, it caters to a more diverse crowd and has better prices. Return to Cortland to catch bus #24.

Twin Peaks

This walk to the top of one of San Francisco’s highest hilltops offers unparalleled views of the Bay Area. It is often windy on top, so plan accordingly.

DIFFICULTY: Steep (includes staircases)

View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks

View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks

Begin at Clayton and Corbett (via bus #33). Walk up the Pemberton Stairway, savoring the greenery. Be sure to look back at the views of downtown as you climb. N

Turn right on Crown at the top of the stairs, left on Clarendon, then left onto Twin Peaks Boulevard. This fairly steep grade continues for three-quarters of a mile to the top. Distract yourself from the difficulty by enjoying the view that becomes increasingly dramatic as the city drops beneath you; on clear days Mt. Diablo, in the East Bay, is visible.

You’ll gradually leave the city behind and come upon a grassy hilltop. At the top, turn left toward the radio towers to reach the official vista point. You’ll be rewarded with outstanding views extending from the Pacific Ocean to the west to the Peninsula to the south, all encircling the city spread out below.

The layout of the city also becomes clear from this vantage point, with Market Street clearly bisecting the city and Golden Gate Park, the Panhandle, and the Presidio all visible.

If this vista isn’t enough, climb one or both peaks (this part of the walk requires climbing up wooden steps and navigating a rocky path). It’s worth it, however, for the exhilaration of standing atop the bald peaks 900 feet above sea level.

Return the way you came, catching the #33 bus at Clayton and Carmel. There’s nowhere to buy food up here (aside from a snack truck), so plan ahead if you want to stay for a picnic.

Walks with a View in San Francisco – Be Prepared!

With 43 hills within its city limits, San Francisco has breathtaking views, and a distinctive skyline. However, the hills also create a cityscape that requires some more forethought. Sensible shoes are always smart when you plan to do a lot of walking, but nowhere is that more true than in the city by the Bay.

One last thing: San Francisco weather is notoriously unpredictable. Although it is rarely very cold, the city is not always basking in California sunshine, and it is often quite breezy. The hills also create distinct microclimates: It can be foggy in one part of town and sunny just one hill over. San Francisco is often cloaked in its trademark fog on summer mornings and evenings, while winter boasts many days of glorious sunshine. Plan accordingly, and always bring along an extra layer.

You may not immediately associate the bustling city of Glasgow with hiking, but the truth is that Glasgow offers easy access to a number of adrenaline-pumping trails. If you are moving to the city and you happen to be a keen outdoor adventurer, don’t miss these five awe-inspiring hikes within easy reach of the city.

West Highland Way

The West Highland Way Hike outside of Glasgow

The West Highland Way Hike outside of Glasgow

The West Highland Way is a famous hiking trail that winds through dramatic scenery all the way up to Fort William. This sometimes arduous trek was in the headlines most recently as actor Sam Heughan followed the Way to help him cope with the loss of his father.

While the entire hike is 76 miles, you can still trek a portion of it whenever you have a few hours to spare on the weekends. Simply make your way to the little town of Milngavie, and from the main street you will find a sign directing you to the Way.

Cort-Ma-Law Circuit

Overlooking Glasgow is the picturesque undulations of the Campsies. These rolling hills are a popular walking spot for many Glasgow residents, and you can soon become one of them. If you’re not yet a Glasgow resident, then you should seriously consider moving to the area. Not only for these hikes, but for the city itself.

Ensure you hire local services to get the most out of your move, they may even be able to give you hiking advice around Glasgow. Doree Bonner are a Glasgow removals company that could help you make it happen. Soon, you will be embarking on hikes like the Cort-Ma-Law without having to travel too far.

You can begin the sometimes steep but always breath-taking Cort-Ma-Law circuit, which leads you up to the summit of the hill for which it is named, and then onwards across the hilltops until you begin to descend again toward the B822, also known as Crow Road. This entire hiking route can be considered a half day walk and needs to be seen to be believed. If you live in the Glasgow region, then it won’t be far to go.

Dumgoyne

Located 14 miles from the city, you will find the steep volcanic mount of Dumgoyne, which – rather pleasingly – you can access from the Glengoyne Distillery if you would like your hike to include a whiskey-tasting bonus.

Climbing and descending Dumgoyne can be rather taxing, but if you extend your trek to include the gentler slope of the Earl’s Seat, you will be able to enjoy plenty of opportunities to drink in the stunning landscapes around you. Don’t miss the silvery glint of Loch Lomond off in the distance.

The Whangie

Explore the unique rock formations of the Whangie, just outside of Glasgow

Explore the unique rock formations of the Whangie, just outside of Glasgow

This rather amusingly named rock feature is located in the Kilpatricks, and offers a slightly challenging but undeniably picturesque 2.7 mile hike.

As you climb, you will be rewarded with stunning views of Loch Lomond, and once you reach the moorland at the top, the 360-degree views will take your breath away and amply compensate for any scrambling you had to do on the way up.

Hiking alone has a magical quality to it. Having to rely on your own two feet, choosing your itinerary and pace, and the satisfaction of achieving your goal are just a few reasons why it is so appealing. However, solo hiking carries safety risks for both men and women. Unwanted attention or harassment, medical emergencies, changes in the weather, getting lost. All these factors can transform a pleasant day’s hike into a survival situation.

While it is healthy to be aware of potential hazards, you do not want fear to take over!

Top Solo Hiking Safety Tips

Hiking can be a wonderful way to unwind, get away, and take in the surrounding natural beauty. But even though going on a hike can seem like a stroll in the park, some risks come with exploring the wild. So follow these solo hiking safety tips:

Pack Correctly

Make sure you have the appropriate hiking equipment when you rely solely on yourself. Snacks, water, and methods of filtering it from natural sources, such as a life straw, and layers that include waterproof material. These are obvious items, but failing to remember one could result in serious problems.

Choose an Appropriate Route

Pick a route that is well within your physical limitations when hiking alone. Save the isolated mountain summits for your group hikes. If this is your first time hiking alone, pick a well-traveled path where you will probably run into other hikers.

Pack the Appropriate Safety Equipment

The “10 Essentials” of safety equipment, which include navigational aids (paper maps, a compass, a GPS), sun protection, layers for weather protection, a flashlight or other source of illumination, everyday carry bolt action pens, first-aid supplies, and plenty of food and water, are suggested for all hikers, whether they go it alone or in groups.

In an emergency, solo hikers should also consider purchasing a personal locator beacon (PLB). This portable safety device can send a distress signal and location information to rescue organizations via satellite.

Bring your smartphone if you want to access offline maps and other things, but don’t count on having reliable cell service out in the middle of nowhere. PLBs don’t require a cell phone because they are radio transmitters.

Don’t Abandon the Trail

Remember this ultimate safety trip: a solo hike is not the time to change your plans on the spur of the moment. Stick to the plan you shared with your trusted emergency contact back home as much as possible, and stay on marked trails to avoid falling rocks, perilous heights, unruly wildlife, and other hazards.

Inform People of Your Destination

Inform your friends and family of your intended route and estimated arrival time. Make sure to check in with friends along the way if you’re going on a multi-day thru hike. In that case, they will be aware of your general location if something goes wrong.

Don’t Take Risks

It may be faster to slide down those wet rocks or take a shortcut through boggy land, but are you risking injury? When hiking alone, breaking a leg could spell ultimate disaster, so use common sense to reduce the risks. 

That’s not to say you can’t forge your path, but you must be careful not to injure yourself. Especially if you are hiking solo, better be safe than sorry.

If Worst Case Scenario, Recall Your Equipment

Things can go wrong no matter how much research you’ve done or how cautious you are. This is where the safety gear you packed and the preparation you did before hitting the trail could come in handy. 

Make use of your equipment to stay warm, hydrated, fed, and as visible as possible. If you chose the locator beacon, turn it on. Use your Glock if required, and check the bullets are loaded and the Glock is clean to avoid the Glock malfunctions.

Use that whistle you brought. And remember that the information you left with a friend or family member will help Search and Rescue locate you.

Inform Yourself About Life-Saving Body Language

If you encounter a predatory animal while hiking or come across another hiker who makes you feel uneasy, how you come across can be crucial. Don’t avoid eye contact if it’s a person because doing so might be interpreted as showing weakness.

Use assertive body language by looking around you, keeping your head up while walking, and avoiding hunching. Each predator reacts differently to prey in terms of animals. The majority of the time, it is best to stand your ground because running will usually make a wild animal want to pursue you. 

Be sure to take safety precautions when hiking solo in the wilderness

Be sure to take safety precautions when hiking solo in the wilderness

If you’re in a place with predators, make noise along the trail to frighten them away. If hiking in a place where there are big predators, it is also a good idea to have bear spray on you, which also works to deter other animals.

Solo Hiking Safety Tips – Final Thoughts

Hiking alone is a wonderful experience, and as long as you take reasonable precautions, nothing is stopping you from experiencing the great outdoors on your own. If you have any other tips for solo hiking safety, please leave them in the comments.

Greater Palm Springs is a hiker’s paradise. Many of the best hikes in Palm Springs feature stunning views of jagged cliffs, waterfalls, and mountain springs fed by ribbons of water racing through the Indian Canyons. And most of the best trails in the Palm Springs area lead to lush plateaus. Whatever your preference, let the landscape work its magic. 

Read on to discover some of the best hikes in Palm Springs that can be explored year-round, From canyons to oases, to panoramic views of the valley.

Palm Canyon Trail

Discover a palm oasis on the Palm Canyon Trail, one of the best hikes in Palm Springs

Discover a palm oasis on the Palm Canyon Trail

Palm Canyon in the Indian Canyons is the world’s largest oasis of Washintonia filifera palm trees. It’s also home to hidden hot springs. The small springs are just 2 or 3 feet wide, and can easily be mistaken for a puddle or stream.

There is a moderately graded, paved path down into the canyon that can be used for horseback riding, hiking, meditation, exploring, horseback riding, or meditating near the stream.

Measuring 15 miles long, this trail is best suited as a full-day excursion. Be sure to bring plenty of water with you, especially during the hotter months.

Murray Canyon Path

Murray Canyon Path is consistently rated as one of the best hikes in Palm Springs. Along this 4.7-mile path, you can take in scenic views of the the seasonal stream of the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. We’d describe the hiking level as easy to moderate.

Along the way, you’ll see rock formations, a palm oasis, Murray Canyon Creek (which you’ll cross at least 15 times), and the famous Seven Sisters Waterfall.

Andreas Canyon Trail

This tranquil stroll offers a variety of plants and rock formations and the year-round Andreas Creek. The total distance is just 1.2 miles, so is suitable even on hot days. Just be sure to bring plenty of water to get you there and back. Along the way, you’ll see larger-than-life rock formations that once provided shelter for indigenous people.

Tahquitz Canyon

Beautiful and serene Tahquitz Canyon is located a short distance from downtown Palm Springs, making it one of the best hikes in the Palm Springs area. It’s a romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The canyon offers a rare glimpse into the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Discover the amazing scenery along the rugged 2-mile trail loop.

The impressive 60-foot Tahquitz Falls in Tahquitz Valley, one of the best hikes in Palm Springs

The impressive 60-foot Tahquitz Falls

Due to the terrain, this is best suited to those in good shape as the path can be strenuous. Along the way, keep an eye out for rock art, native wildlife, and plants. Find respite at the seasonal 60-foot-tall Tahquitz Falls – a place of power that, according to legend, rejuvenates and energizes.

Bighorn Overlook, Roadrunner, and Chuckwalla Trails

This is the trio of trails behind Rancho Mirage City Hall. The trails are suitable for every hiking level and will provide views over the entire valley. You can enjoy a magnificent sunrise or the beauty of a night hike in Palm Springs shared with friends on a full moon night. The trio of trails runs approximately 3 miles and is dog-friendly for on-leash pups.

Bump and Grind Trail

For those looking for more of a workout, you might want to try out the Bump and Grind Trail, one of the best hikes in Palm Springs. It’s a 3-mile hike that begins behind the Desert Crossing shopping center in Palm Desert. You’ll gain almost 1000 feet in elevation (hence the name) but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the valley.

Homestead Trail

Great views of Palm Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains await on the Homestead Trail, one of the best hikes in Palm Springs

Great views of Palm Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains await on the Homestead Trail

Another photo-worthy trek is the Homestead Trail (also known as ‘The Cross Hike’ because of the huge lit cross at the top) in Palm Desert. This 3-mile round-trip hike is best at sunset: You’ll see the twinkling lights of Greater Palm Springs below once you make it to the peak. Another perk: This trail is also dog-friendly, so your four-legged friend can enjoy the views along with you.

Further afield: The best hikes close to Palm Springs

For those with more time on their hands, don’t miss some of these other fantastic areas just a stone’s throw away from Greater Palm Springs with great hikes.

Joshua Tree National Park

Undeniably stunning Joshua Tree National Park

Undeniably stunning Joshua Tree National Park

Well known for the twisted tree trunks sculpted by wind, water, and intense heat, Joshua Tree National Park offers world-famous rock climbing and clear, dark skies for stargazing. You can also experience the 1250-square-mile expanse of wilderness on a short nature walk or hike.

A few favorite spots: Skull Rock, a surreal rock formation that appears to have hollowed-out eye sockets, and Keys Views, a lookout point that affords majestic views of the entire valley.

For more information, check out our post highlighting the best hikes in Joshua Tree National Park.

Coachella Valley Preserve

The Coachella Valley Preserve

The Coachella Valley Preserve

A lush, 880-acre palm oasis tucked into the northern edge of the Indio Hills, the Coachella Valley Preserve is a well-kept secret. Try the McCallum Trail, which winds thru a rare habitat of palm woodland and desert wetland with creeks and ponds created by the San Andreas springs. Keep an eye out for the threatened Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, which can be found nowhere else in the world.

Lake Cahuilla Recreational Area

Just 6 miles from picturesque Old Town La Quinta lies the Lake Cahuilla Recreational Area, a 710-acre park at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The park offers an easy and beautiful escape for those looking to spend a little time with Mother Nature.

Fish n the 136-acre lake, stretch your legs on a hiking excursion or ride your horse on one of the equestrian trails. If you’d like to set your sights closer to town, check out the trails that kick off from La Quinta Cove, just behind Old Town.

Whitewater Preserve

The year-round waters of the Whitewater Preserve one of the best hikes in Palm Springs

The year-round waters of the Whitewater Preserve

The year-round flow of the crystal-clear Whitewater River that runs through the Wildlands Conservancy’s Whitewater Preserve makes this spot a true oasis. It’s not uncommon to see visitors along the bank, dipping their toes.

This vital wildlife corridor between the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains is home to several species of endangered birds, as well as deer, bears, and bighorn sheep. The dog-friendly Whitewater Canyon Loop trail offers stunning views of the natural landscape and is known for its abundance of springtime wildflowers (we’re talking blankets of yellow blooms!)


Greater Palm Springs is home to nine different cities, collectively making up one of the liveliest destinations on the West Coast. From Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Indio, Coachella, and La Quinta, you are bound to find plenty to do during your trip.

In addition to relaxing by the pool and soaking in the vintage vibes of the valley, we hope that you’ll enjoy trekking on some of the best hikes near Palm Springs. 

The United Arab Emirates should be on every traveler’s must-see list due to its tall structures, luxurious hotels, luxury retail malls, and breathtaking beachfront. Some of the best hotels and resorts in the world may be found in the UAE, which is a wonderful historical gallery. This area draws tourists in addition to these sky-touching structures with the help of its mosques, galleries, and—most considerably artificial islands.

While everyone looks forward to visiting and experiencing this “exclusive holiday location,” if you look into its parks, oceans, and deserts in more depth, you will be enchanted by its lovable nature, rich history, and distinct culture. The Burj Khalifa, the Sharjah Heritage Museum, the Fujairah Fort, and the Al Ain Oasis are just a few places where you can witness hidden gems in the UAE. This nation has a thrillingly adventurous side, but it’s also great for a holiday, a family vacation, or even a getaway with friends.

The best Things to Do in Abu Dhabi like kayaking, hiking, zip lining, and mountain biking are among the sports available in the mountains, deserts, and seas. The gulf, which is home to a diverse array of marine life, and nature reserves provide you the chance to witness some rare kinds of plants, animals, and birds, respectively.

1. Jebel Ali

An unusual hidden gem in the UAE is Jebel Ali. It is a port that is situated outside of Dubai, making it ideal for people who want to enjoy both this port and Dubai. You may cycle, drive, or even hike to the top of Jebel Hafeet, the second-highest peak in the UAE, where you can see the lush vegetation in all its splendour. This location in Al Ain gives you a view of both the Omani border and the vastness of Al Ain. You may also visit the nearby museums, forts, and tombs while you’re here, so it’s not only a panoramic view you’ll be getting from this free access location.

You can go there whenever you want because it is open all day. There are other nearby attractions, including Bollywood Parks and Legoland. In addition to them, Jebel Ali Beach is one of the most unique locations in the United Arab Emirates and offers a peaceful experience and loads of Indoor Activities in Dubai.

2. Umm al-Quwain

The nicest gardens and water parks, a lovely shoreline, and a range of museums and other cultural events can all be found in Umm al-Quwain, a small coastal town in the United Arab Emirates. One of the top destinations in the UAE for family travel, make sure to check out Dreamland Aqua Park and UAQ National Museum while you’re here.

3. Sir Bani Yas

Panoramic view of Sir Bani Yas Island

Panoramic view of Sir Bani Yas Island

The largest uninhabited island in the United Arab Emirates is known as Sir Bani Yas. It was formerly one of the best natural reserves in Arabia and continues to be a haven for a wide range of plants and animals today. Here, you may go on safaris, animal viewing excursions, bird watching excursions, mountain biking excursions, snorkelling excursions, and kayaking excursions.

4. Kalba

Explore the waterfront at Kalba, a hidden gem in the UAE

Explore the waterfront at Kalba

This small town offers a serene shoreline, melodious creeks that trickle, and a wide area of mangroves. It’s one of the best hidden gems in the UAE to observe wildlife. Many bird species use the lesser-known paradise of Kalba as a nesting and migration habitat. You may readily recognise a white-collared kingfisher here, so keep an eye out for one.

5. Ajman

Ajman, which is among the best destinations to visit in the UAE at night, provides a more laid-back atmosphere than Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It’s a hidden gem compared to the larger bustling cities. After a day of sightseeing, coffee shops, shopping centres, and multicuisine restaurants provide the ideal setting for relaxing.

6. Zabeel Park

Dubai's Zabeel Park - a quiet oasis and hidden gem in the UAE

Dubai’s Zabeel Park – a quiet oasis and hidden gem in the UAE

One of the best leisure areas Dubai has to offer is Zabeel Park. It is lushly green and close to the city centre, making it accessible to those who are unsure of the roads or instructions. It is located adjacent to the Jafiliya Metro Station. Come on a hot weekend and splash around in the waters to cool off.

The park features a playground, an amphitheatre, and barbecue areas. So bring some meat to grill, let the kids play on the playground, and take in the atmosphere of the amphitheatre. While you’re here, you may also visit the Dubai Garden Glow, which is close by.

7. Abra Ride

Going to Dubai means you’ll always be searching for some shade or a cool area to hang out because it’s a place that is always hot. Get aboard the Abra Ride at Bur Dubai if you want to beat the heat. It’s a simpler method of cooling off without having to travel very far to the beaches. It’s one of our favorite hidden gems in the UAE.

8. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Explore the historical district of Al Fahadi in Dubai, a hidden gem in the UAE

Explore the historical district of Al Fahadi in Dubai

You may get a feel for the ancient Dubai as you stroll through these streets. It is directly across from the metro station at Bur Dubai. Although Al Fahidi still retains its iconic 20th-century architecture, the way that life is conducted there intensifies the feeling that one has been transported to a completely different era. You’ll discover that the community is still at the centre of life here. There is no admission charge and it is always accessible, but be sure to attend when you will have time to tour the adjacent museums and stores.

9. Hatta Pools

If you’ve ever wanted to be surrounded by pristine, lush nature, come here. The Hatta Pools, which are located in Hatta, can be visited at no cost at all. You’ll need to rent a car to get here, but the trek is well worth it for what you’ll get in return, and you’ll be more off the beaten path. The gritstone outcroppings are surrounded by emerald-green water that is immaculately pristine. Learn about the vibrant, well-preserved culture. If you want to learn more about Hatta, there is a heritage village along the path. Always keep a copy of your Emirates ID and other forms of identification on hand.

10. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House

Due to the fact that it was formerly the residence of a past ruler of Dubai, this location will enable you to gain an in-depth understanding of Dubai’s history. Al Shindaga is where you may find this magnificent collection of artefacts because the house has been turned into a museum. However, unlike other museums, the remodelling hasn’t rendered the location sterile; rather, it has preserved its old-world charm. It’s more off the beaten path making it a beautiful hidden gem in the UAE.