Love Is in the Foggy Air: 10 Best San Francisco Romantic Activities

As Mr. Bennett likes to remind us, there are many reasons to leave your heart in San Francisco. Little cable cars climbing half-way to the stars is only the beginning of the story. Romance is all about ambience, and there are few cities in the world that have a geography that can offer romantics such a distinct advantage. Even at the height of summer, fog will roll in off the ocean, a perfect excuse for snuggling. And the many hills of San Francisco might get tiring, but, when the sun sets, it's almost impossible to find a bad spot to enjoy a picture postcard view.

From Ocean Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge, this small city has more romantic walks and views than most states can offer. If the outdoors isn't your thing, Kabuki Springs and Spa is just one of many spas throughout the city that can add some relaxing romance to your day. If you like to pair your romance with food, there's nothing as tasty and sensual as walking through the Ferry Building and sharing small bites and nibbles all the way through. Whatever happens to turn you on, we promise San Francisco has it. 

San Francisco is the ultimate home court advantage for romantics. Take advantage! 



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Presidio Heights


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Coit Tower
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Northern California


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Oxygen Massage Therapy


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Golden Gate Bridge
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The only thing that Tom Molanphy loves more than the food, art, music, and culture of San Francisco is sharing it with others. San Francisco never gets old for Tom.

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