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Painted Ladies, San Francisco

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Historic Site Landmark
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.
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  • While esthetically pleasant, stopping by to see these houses is not worth the trip. It was more entertaining to watch the hundreds of people sitting in the adjacent park mesmerized by the houses. I gu...  more »
  • WE went in April and the whole Alamo Square opposite was closed to renovations so it was disappointing we could't sit in the park and enjoy the view. The houses and street was amazing though. Not easy...  more »
  • We went to see the Painted Ladies during a recent trip to San Francisco and felt it was worth the drive. The homes were beautiful and the other homes in the neighborhood were equally as exquisite. We ...  more »
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  • Have no idea why this row of five houses is famous. The residential architecture all around SF is varied and beautiful, so this tourist stop is a headscratcher. Victorian and Edwardian-style homes are abundant throughout the city and I would totally have walked by this row if someone didn't point out that they are the famous painted ladies. They aren't even colorful. All the photos you see online are edited to make them look more vibrant than they actually are. Absolutely not worth a special trip, but it's always wonderful to walk around the neighborhoods and explore.
  • Iconic and much-visited and -photographed but it is still a great viewpoint of the beautiful houses with the San Francisco skyline in the background. There is also free parking in the area surrounding the park. Minor quibble: This a VERY popular place and you will see throngs of tourists taking in the exact same sights as you.
  • While this might not be first on your list it should definitely be on the list itself. The painted ladies are a beautiful piece of art that have been preserved for decades upon decades. There is a lovely view of the city behind and a great park in front to sit and enjoy a picnic or play some lawn games. Be aware, last time I was there the park was closed 3/20/17
  • The Painted Ladies in Alamo Square are another classic stop for visitors on the San Francisco sightseeing tour. The park has recently wrapped up construction and is now open for the summer 2017 season! For a great photo of yourself in front of the famous houses, snap a shot from the lowest paved walkway along Steiner St. To catch more of the downtown SF skyline and city view, walk a bit farther up the grassy hill. Don't forget to bring a blanket and some snacks to bask in the view and soak up the sunshine on a clear day!
  • Another must visit when you are in San Francisco. The lawn in front of these homes are best to admire the view. Skyline of city at its backdrop is wonderful.