Vista Del Mar is a small neighborhood located in the upper northwest corner of San Francisco. It bears resemblance aesthetically to much of the iconic imagery conjured up by the San Francisco area: colorful architecture, steep hills, picturesque views, and a pleasant atmosphere. The neighborhood is almost entirely residential with homes varying from the classic Victorian architectural style to more modern condos and apartments. There are a few main streets, such as Balboa Street, but most of the restaurants and businesses in the area fall outside the bounds of Vista Del Mar.
San Francisco is known for its unusual climate where temperatures do not often fall under 55 degrees or exceed 65 degrees. Due to its location along the San Francisco Bay, the city experiences mild to heavy winds depending on the day. If you do choose to walk on a particularly windy day, make sure to take the proper precautions to keep you and your dog warm.
Another trait commonly associated with San Francisco is its reputation as a hilly city. Vista Del Mar is a classic San Francisco neighborhood in this regard, as there are several steep hills and inclines you will encounter as you walk through the small area it occupies. Entering the neighborhood from the western side on Balboa Street, you will immediately begin going up a sharp incline that continues into the center of the neighborhood.
Vista Del Mar is a quieter area of town with less foot and street traffic than the average neighborhood in San Francisco. If you are walking in this area, you will mostly be walking around tightly packed homes and condominiums and you will not have to deal with any of the bustling chaos that comes along with most urban areas. This can be great if you're more invested in quieter strolls during your daily outings with your pup.
There are no major greenways within the boundaries of Vista Del Mar, but it is surrounded by some of the most beautiful parks in San Francisco. Directly to its west is Sutro Heights Park which is an 18-acre park located within the greater Golden Gate National Park. This area has several trails that run throughout its territory and there are gardens, forests, and open grassy spaces for you and your dog to enjoy.
The Golden Gate National Park continues on to the north and east of Sutro Park where there are several attractions to see. The USS San Francisco Memorial stands in the middle of the park which is a popular site for tourists and visitors to pay respects. There are also a few small restaurants and many more trails that extend all the way out to the Pacific Ocean. Small beaches line the coast which can be found directly after exiting from the Golden Gate National Park.