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SAN FRANCISCO VISTAS

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

 

Soaring views come quick in San Francisco. Below, explore our seven favorite vistas in the city of fifty hills, anytime of year. 

TWIN PEAKS

Second in height only to Mt. Davidson, Twin Peaks (904 and 922 feet respectively) offers the panoramic-est view of SF. Drop two quarters into the telescope for close-ups of the TransAmerica and beyond. 
 

TOP OF FILLMORE

Climbing from Japantown, past jazz clubs and fancy shops, one reaches this bay breathtaker at the north corner of Broadway, where Fillmore takes a rollercoaster dive towards the Marina. 
 

BUENA VISTA PARK

Circa 1876, San Francisco's oldest park stands atop 40 hillside acres in the city's heart. Perfect for an afternoon hike near Haight-Ashbury. 
 

IMMIGRATION POINT

High atop a cliff in the Presidio, Immigration Point overlooks Baker Beach and the Pacific. Hike the "thousand steps" through the pines towards the waterfront bluff, then linger awhile. 
 

DE YOUNG MUSEUM

The gently spiraling, 144-foot tower design by Herzog de Meuron offers an all-glass, 360-degree vista out over the Sunset and Richmond neighborhoods. It feels like floating, and it's a Instagram dream. 
 

BERNAL HEIGHTS HILL

At only 433 feet, the hill atop Bernal Heights still offers an unspoiled glimpse over the white city. Plus, some serious outlaw soapbox derbies happen every October. Double whammy. 
 

MARIN HEADLANDS

Drive over the Golden Gate and take your immediate turn to access the best view in SF, foggy or clear skies. The further up you hike Hawk Hill the better. 

 

Map illustration by Lisa Congdon

 

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