City Without Limits

San Francisco

Fort Point     Photo: Paolo Marchesi

57. BUZZ THE GOLDEN GATE on a 30-minute tandem ultralight flight above the Bay. (San Francisco Hang Gliding Center, 510-528-2300,

58. HOP A FERRY from Pier 41 to Angel Island State Park, where a two-mile scramble on the Sunset Trail delivers you to the top of Mount Livermore for glorious 360-degree views. (415-435-1915,

59. FORAGE LOCALLY at the Bay Area's best farmers market—every Tuesday, Thursday, and weekend morning at Ferry Plaza—and drool over stalls of fab organic eats: Dirty Girl heirloom tomatoes and Cowgirl Creamery's Point Reyes Original Blue cheese. (

60. RIDE AT THE SHRINE of mountain biking, Marin County's Mount Tamalpais, on a 50-plus-mile linkup of trails, including Railroad Grade and Tenderfoot. Rent wheels at Adventure Bicycle Company. (415-771-8735,

61. FOLLOW YOUR PATH through the terrazzo-tiled labyrinth outside Grace Cathedral, on Nob Hill. An ancient symbol of life's journey, the labyrinth has only one route to its center (representing your deepest self) and back out. (

62. CHANNEL YOUR INNER GARDENER at the Edible Schoolyard (510-558-1335), in Berkeley—a one-acre organic garden founded by Bay Area foodie queen Alice Waters and designed to demonstrate sustainable agriculture. To sample the goodness, reserve a table at Waters's legendary Chez Panisse (510-548-5525,

63. RIDE GIANTS at Fort Point, a ledgy surf break on the edge of the Golden Gate. Beginners are better off on the gentle right and left beach break a few miles south at Pacifica. The Nor Cal Surf Shop rents boards and wetsuits. (650-738-9283)

64. LUXURIATE AT THE CLIFT, where the lavender-and-ivory-hued rooms—and a lobby sheathed in velvet and ostrich-print leather—will soothe you silly. Belly up to the Redwood Room's enormous bar, rumored to be carved from a single tree. (Doubles from $220; 415-775-4700,

65. SELF-MEDICATE at the Great China Herb Co., where the antique cabinets overflow with dried scallops, tree roots, and numerous varieties of ginseng. An on-site doctor of Chinese medicine can make recommendations. (415-982-2195)

66. GO FREE at the north end of Baker Beach, a nudist retreat and skinny-dipping enclave in the Presidio. Beware the chilly water and swift currents. (415-561-4314)

67. IMMERSE YOURSELF in the Thursday-night art scene at SFMOMA (415-357-4000, Après-culture, move the gab to the Rickshaw Stop (415-861-2011), where the beverage of choice is a three-dollar Red Stripe.

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