Columbus Avenue is a diagonal street that runs through San Francisco just north of downtown and Union Square. The street, ending near Fisherman's Wharf, runs through several well known areas including North Beach and Chinatown. Columbus Avenue is home to many notable locations just as the City Lights Bookstore and Jack Kerouac Alley.
Initially, the North Beach area was primarily Italian. Though that has long since changed, evidence of that heritage endures along the avenue. The most interesting section of the Columbus Avenue is between Jackson and Union streets hosting a myriad of Italian restaurants, cafés, and pastry shops as well as several bookstores and other popular locations.
Other nearby spots worth visiting while in San Francisco includes Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Park. Union Square, located south of Columbus, is a plaza surrounded by one of the largest collections of shops and boutiques as well as art galleries and several theaters.
Fisherman's Wharf is on the northern waterfront of San Francisco and features the Cannery shopping center, many seafood restaurants and museums, including and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Golden Gate Park offers views of the Golden Gate and other interesting locations including the Golden Gate Park Stadium, Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden.