12 Best Scenic Views In San Francisco
In this city where bay meets ocean, it seems there is something fantastic around every corner. Thanks to its advantageous position on a peninsula with 360-degree views at the highest points, San Francisco’s nickname could be “the view city.”
For the adventure seeker who wants to take it all in, here are the best viewpoints to truly absorb a magical view of San Francisco, the City by the Bay.
This former salt marsh and estuary stretches along the northern edge of the San Francisco Bay, where today is a popular picnic spot and beach for the locals. Located in the Presidio it offers unparalleled views of San Francisco, particularly the Palace of Fine Arts and downtown from the western edge, along with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
On a clear day, the twin mountain-like peaks of Eureka and Noe stand 925 feet above sea level and offer one of the very best views of the city. Parking is limited, so if you can take public transportation, the #37 Corbett will drop you close by.
For a nice adventure, get on a bike and take the riding path starting at Fisherman’s Wharf and head east. Here you can take in incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, stop at the welcome center, and admire the fog rolling in over the bridge and the bay.
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Just a short walk from the Castro and Valencia St neighborhood, this is a mecca for locals who long for spectacular views of downtown San Francisco. Shielded from the fog by nearby Twin Peaks, this park enjoys warmer temperatures than other spots in town.
Serene and quiet Bernal Hill rises above the Mission District, offering sweeping views of downtown and the Bay Bridge. Another fog-free spot, the warmers temps make the hill perfect for an afternoon of basking in the sun.
Famous for its Painted Ladies, a strip of iconic row houses you’ve no doubt seen in pop culture, these perfectly preserved Victorian-style houses are one of the biggest attractions in San Francisco. Come during the magic hours of early morning and just before dusk, when the sun’s shadows cast a glorious light over the backdrop of the city.
Located on Telegraph Hill, this 210-foot-tall white column is an iconic landmark in its own right. Climb up (or ride the elevator) to the lookout spot, where gorgeous views of the city and Golden Gate await. There is a fee to visit the top, but is worth it.
This 923-foot peak north of the Golden Gate Bridge is located within the Marin Headlands / Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It features spectacular lookouts with not only perfect views of the Golden Gate bridge but is the best spot to see the fall raptor migration.
Pacific Overlook in the Presidio
This was built in 2012 to commemorate the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary. It provides iconic vantage points of not only the Pacific Ocean but the Golden Gate Bridge itself, along with the stunning coastline. Its located above the Presidios coastal bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Boasting a hilly landscape in the Corona Heights and Castro neighborhood, this is a perfect place to experience a San Francisco view. The park also has a museum, tennis courts, dog park, and playground, making it ideal for a family outing. Roosevelt Way &, Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114
This spot is a bit more hidden, making it a great place to ditch the crowds. Located near the intersection of Twin Peaks Blvd and Clayton Street, it captures much of the great views that Twin Peaks does.
This is the highest natural point in San Francisco. At 928 feet, Mount Davidson is smack dab in the middle of the city, providing 360-degree views that cannot be beaten. Hiking trails are also here to give the visitor a workout.
Want to explore San Francisco with your family on a private tour?
San Francisco Jeep Tours is the perfect family-friendly tour activity in San Francisco onboard their private tours. The city tour routes and entertaining tour guides cover lots of information on the “not to miss” attractions. Book a San Francisco Jeep City Tour, Sunset and City Lights San Francisco Jeep Tours, or the Full Day Combo City and Muir Woods tour to travel to many of the kid-friendly locations in and around San Francisco.
Check out the San Francisco Jeep Tours website for more information on exploring the City by the Bay.