Compared to the majesty of Golden Gate Bridge, a set of steps may not sound like much. But for those who have stumbled down San Francisco’s industrious 16th Avenue and found themselves at the foot of the hidden staircase, this inconspicuous attraction provides an unexpected treat.
Beginning life as an art installation — inspired by the likes of Rio de Janeiro’s Escadaria Selaron and Italy’s Scala Santa — the project quickly grew into what might be the most outward expression of good neighborly behavior on record, with many people from the surrounding community chipping in to ensure its completion. As a tribute to this combined effort, it is possible to see the names of more than 200 sponsors woven into the multi-colored tapestry that, as you ascend upwards, unveils a vivid journey from sea to sky.
A mere 163 steps later, you’ll be treated to magnificent views across the city — in addition to a well-earned rest.