The 8 Most Stunning Views in San Francisco
And we're not referring to the clothing-optional beach
There’s so much beauty in San Francisco, it can be hard to take it all in (just going out to dinner around here is swoon-worthy). Whether you’re posted atop one of the city’s seven hills or strolling one of its many beaches, there’s always a picture-perfect panorama. Here, eight views you have to see if you’re in SF.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE + SF SKYLINE, FROM THE MARIN HEADLANDS
OK, so you’ll have to cross the bridge for this one, but we promise it’s worth it. Skip the tourist lookout and go up to the headlands instead. You’ll get a better (and less crowded) view and Instagram-worthy panoramas.
This quiet hill in Bernal Heights is great for a sunset stroll. Plus, it’s child- and pet-friendly. Take the trail all the way to the top for a special bonus: a tree swing perfect for taking it all in.
Locals come here for coastal views high above sea level. Meander through the Sutro Baths, wander off to the nearby Legion of Honor or hike one of Lands End’s many trails--our top pick takes you out to a great stone labyrinth.
This is the first place we take every visitor who comes into town. You’ll get 360-degree views of the city that can’t be beat. Just be sure to pick a clear day (the fog can completely obscure the view) and bundle up because it sure is windy up here.
Perch yourself at the southwest corner of everybody’s favorite park for an incomparable view of palm trees set against the city skyline. It’s especially stunning on the occasional clear, balmy night.
When the forecast predicts an 80-degree day in San Francisco, this is where everyone in the entire city flocks. But you don’t need warm weather to enjoy this view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Wanderers beware: The northern section of the beach is clothing-optional, so approach at your own risk.
We’ve told you a million times now, but we still can’t help singing the praises of the Painted Ladies (aka the Full House houses). Alamo Square Park is currently fenced off for construction, but the city left a little patch of lawn open so that tourists and locals can enjoy the view.
BILLY GOAT HILL PARK
The awesome rope swing has been removed, but the views from this secret Noe Valley spot remain. Go at dusk when you’re in need of some quiet contemplation.