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Painted Ladies, San Francisco

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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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  • Beautiful houses in an iconic setting. When Alamo Square Park is full on weekends, it gets harder to take pictures without people in them (and much harder to find parking). Once you have seen the hous...  more »
  • If you are in San Francisco is so worth a visit these colonial-style houses. Before you can relax on a beautiful green lawn and admire in front of you the seven sisters to alamo square and don't forget your camera!
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  • A bit isolated from the "heart" of San Francisco. They are a nice set of homes but other than a quick glance and taking a few pics, not much to see. The park across the street (filmed in opening of Fu...  more »
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  • The Painted Ladies on Steiner St are a must-stop for first-timers to San Francisco. But once is enough. Even the biggest Full House fan will only need to snap a quick photo from Alamo Square and move on to the next attraction. The houses are beautiful--and famous--but there are plenty of others just like them in the City. The real appeal is the skyline peeking up from behind them. A great photo op.
  • There is this Park right in front of the 7 houses from where one can have a good look at the Painted Ladies. More than the view of the houses, the SFO skyline is visible and candidate for couple of nice shots. Plus people bask under the sun with their families and pets in the park. Overall one time visit is enough. Also, good old houses around the area, apart from the Painted Ladies.
  • Good to see similar buildings in different colour. Best for photo. There are so many more such types of picturesque you may see in S F. If you are for one day than it can be escaped.
  • I love the area. The views are very nice and don't listen to a certain review here that states it's not worth a trip. If you're touring around San Francisco whether walking or driving it's worth stopping here. 👍😊
  • The painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details.This is a landmark of the San Francisco. One of the houses were used for the TV series, full house. A popular tourist destination. Parking : street parking but it can difficult to search for an empty spot.

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From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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