Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  San Francisco  /  Historic Sites  /  Painted Ladies
Painted Ladies, San Francisco
(3.5/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
Painted Ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses that have become icons of San Francisco. These architectural styles reigned supreme here between 1849 and 1915. While some of the houses didn't survive the tides of time, many of them have been lovingly restored. They are distinctive for their bold colors and ornate, wooden detailing. Visit the neighborhoods of Haight-Ashbury and Pacific Heights to see a generous collection of the houses. Alamo Square is lined with a row, and its hilltop park offers views of many colorful facades. Plan your Painted Ladies visit and explore what else you can see and do in San Francisco using our San Francisco family vacation planner.
Create a full San Francisco itinerary
map

Plan your trip to San Francisco

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in San Francisco by other users

17 days in United States BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM GUATEMALA December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA January, culture, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in California BY A USER FROM PANAMA February, kids, romantic, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, relaxing, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in California BY A USER FROM ISRAEL December, kids, outdoors, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Fun to see, and take a few photos. Include in your agenda. Cute. Great for walkers an easy enjoyable day trip. 
  • As we were told, that the Alamo square was closed for renovation we were a bit disappointed that we could not enjoy the view from the hill down to the Painted Ladies, but there is an area where you ca...  more »
  • The Park was closed for renovations when I visited, it is a shame! But otherwise it can be a nice little spot for a picnic, but as say other comments there is obviously much more beautiful houses in San Francisco, but these are known and I found nice to see them for real! Is stopped a few minutes on his way to the Buena Vista Park for a little urban hiking. I would say that it is perfect to stop see them when is not a detour for another attraction :)
    View original
Google
  • Beautiful old homes...high crime neighborhood, signs everywhere warning to not leave valuable items in the car, this should be common sense, but from the car glass in the gutter, I am guessing many people are lacking common sense and lost their item/s and an expensive window. The park is closed off right now, so right now 11-06-2016 is not an ideal time to visit, but usually with the park open and weather permitting the beautiful old houses are amazing to see. Some have complained in other posts that there is nothing in the area, but we found PLENTY to do and see and found great restaurants. To each his (or her) own I suppose ;)
  • Lovely piece of history being preserved. Really timeless. Saw it during the restoration period so the view was not as expected. The surrounding area is just as timeless and you should definitely walk around the neighbourhood.
  • Not if it's your 1st visit and you only have limited time to spend in SFO. It's just a row of house. If you really must, 30mins is more than enough here. There's nothing much except a row of colorful house. Just a quick stop. Over-rated. All the houses in SFO is beautiful. It's so out of place from all the important sites. Nothing much to do here except snap some photo of the houses. Maybe drop by to 4505 Burgers & BBQ to make this visit worth it. Their burger is really good!
  • Cool to see but underwhelming. It might have been different if the park wasn't under construction. The Painted Ladies aren't any different from any of the other houses in San Francisco.
  • Skip them unless you love TV trivia and have plenty of time. These are a row of ornate late 1800's houses set to the back-drop of downtown San Francisco. Although these are quite pretty houses, it's there association with the sitcom "Full House" and postcard sales that has made them famous. The view of them from Alamo Square Park is very nice but often crowded as people try to re-create the standard shot. Your life won't be empty without them and in this city, beautiful houses and architecture abound and a multitude of places that exceed this site. Just get out and walk the neighborhoods and you won't be disappointed.