Located high atop Nob Hill is the beautifully manicured and maintained Huntington Park. A mansion owned by tycoon and railroad baron Collis P. Huntington originally occupied the location, but was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. Mr. Huntington's widow later donated the land to the city, where a park was established in her husband's honor in 1915. The site is adjacent to Grace Cathedral, Huntington Hotel, and the Pacific Union Club.
Where it's located: Near the apex of Nob Hill bounded by Taylor, California, Sacramento and Cushman streets.
What it features: A playground, fountains, benches and open grassy areas for lounging, and beautiful views of the historic properties located all around.
How to get there: Take any cable car line to get within one block, or if you prefer a bus, line 1 is your best option. There is also public parking across the street at the Masonic Center.
Dogs Allowed?: Yes, but on leash only. (We actually witnessed most people observing the rule this time around.)
Don't miss: A lap around the park. The location and surrounding buildings provide dramatic views and photo opportunities from every angle, so a quick lap is a must. In addition to the historic structures immediately adjacent to the park are the Mark Hopkins and Fairmont hotels, the Masonic Center, high-rise apartments both old and new, and downward-sloping views in between the buildings.
·Huntington Park [ParkScan]
·Huntington Park [The Nob Hill Association]