San Francisco is arguably the most beautiful city in America, and certainly one of the most photographed. From the Golden Gate Bridge across the city to the TransAmerica pyramid, the tallest skyscraper in San Franciso, there's almost too much for an amateur photographer to take in.
In a city known for its beautiful views and its iconic structures, the Painted Ladies of Steiner Street are stand-outs. The Painted Ladies are seven Victorian houses painted in beautiful pastel shades that are almost as much a symbol of San Francisco as the Golden Gate.
You may not recognize the name of the street, but you have almost certainly seen the houses. The street is often known as Postcard Row. They have been used in over seventy movies and television shows. For example, if you've ever seen the opening to the comedy sitcom "Full House," you've seen these houses.
The cheesecake photos of the Painted Ladies are generally taken from a park across the street, named Alamo Square. Alamo Square is over 12 acres. The park has more to view than just the beautiful houses of Steiner Street. From the park's apex, you can see most of the city and out into the bay.
Alamo Park has a tennis court, a large playground, and plenty of walking paths. Dogs are welcome throughout the park, however, they must be on a leash in the upper, eastern half of the park, which is near the tennis court and playground. There is an off-leash area in the western half of the park, which is a large, grassy area. There are poop bag dispensers throughout the park.
As you might imagine, the park is very well landscaped and meticulously maintained. It's also very busy, both with local visitors and tourists. You should keep this in mind when visiting. And you should definitely bring a camera!