Mission Street

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Mission Street
Mission District San Francisco.jpg
Mission Street between 19th and 20th
Maintained by San Francisco Department of Public Works
Length 7.2 mi[1] (11.6 km)
South end Between Huron and Templeton Avenues at Daly City
I-280 in San Francisco
US 101 in San Francisco
North end The Embarcadero in San Francisco

Mission Street is a north-south arterial thoroughfare in San Francisco, California that runs from the city's southern border to its northeast waterfront. The street and the Mission District through which it runs were named for the Spanish Mission Dolores, several blocks away from the modern route. Only the southern half is historically part of El Camino Real, which connected the missions. At 7.2 mi (11.6 km), it is the city's longest, and one of its oldest streets.[2]

High rises under construction along Mission Street in the Financial District in 2007

From the south, Mission Street enters the city mid-block between Templeton Avenue in Daly City and Huron Avenue in San Francisco, and continues northeasterly through the working-class Crocker-Amazon, Excelsior, and Bernal Heights neighborhoods, before turning north through the colorful Outer Mission and Inner Mission districts.[3] Near Van Ness Avenue, the road turns northeast again and travels through Mid-Market and South of Market (running parallel to, and a full block south of Market Street) before ending at The Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco.

Since 2000, between Third Street and Beale Street in the Financial District, several new high rises have risen or are planned to rise along Mission Street, all in the vicinity of the San Francisco Transbay development project: 101 Second Street (2000), JPMorgan Chase Building (2002), The Paramount (2002), St. Regis Museum Tower (2005), 555 Mission Street (2008), Millennium Tower (2009), 535 Mission Street (2014), 350 Mission Street (2015), and the Salesforce Tower (2017).

Mission Street is served 24 hours per day by Muni line 14, two BART stations that run below grade in the Inner Mission, and the remainder of the San Francisco BART stations less than a half mile away, notably including those on the Market Street Subway. The street is four lanes.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Destinations Notes
San Mateo Daly City Templeton Avenue Continuation beyond Templeton Avenue
San Francisco Huron Avenue San Francisco City limits terminus mid-block
US 101 (Central Freeway) Interchange; no entrance ramps; south end of US 101 north overlap
US 101 (Van Ness Avenue) – Golden Gate Bridge North end of US 101 north overlap
The Embarcadero Former SR 480


  1. ^ Google Maps Driving Directions
  2. ^ Exact location of Mission Street
  3. ^ "San Francisco's Mission Districts". Via Magazine. March 2003. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Route description of 14 Mission". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 

Coordinates: 37°47′37″N 122°23′34″W / 37.79370°N 122.39264°W / 37.79370; -122.39264