Above and Beyond
Three of our favorite city vistas
The weather may not be particularly warm, but it is supposed to be sunny and--even more remarkable--clear for the next few days. Take advantage by scoping out the spectacular vistas from these new and lesser-known local vantage points:
A boozy rooftop Located above its sister Latin American restaurant in the Mission, El Techo de Lolinda meets our criteria for a successful (read: not freezing) locale at altitude: legit downtown views, heaters, glass walls to keep out the chill and, of course, stiff cocktails. Our taste buds tangoed to the blend of Calle 23 tequila, lime, grenadine and Angostura in the Mexican Firing Squad. 2518 Mission St.
A secluded hilltop Take the stairway at Twin Peaks Boulevard and Clarendon Avenue to reach the 650-foot summit at Tank Hill Park. Because it’s far less popular than the neighboring Twin Peaks, there’s a good chance you’ll have some privacy as you take in the panoramic vistas that stretch from the Golden Gate to the green hills of Oakland.
High in the sky For unobstructed views from above, take an airborne tour with the recently revamped Seaplane Adventures (starting at $179)--you’ll literally fly over the Golden Gate. Those with a fear of heights might consider springing for the sunset champagne flight.