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Transamerica Pyramid

San Francisco Attraction

The Transamerica Pyramid is an icon of San Francisco and a notable architectural symbol of the city. Although it was a controversial build, the tower's futuristic style has won many local and professional admirers in the 40+ years since its construction. This is one city feature you're not likely to miss during a stay here: the Pyramid was the world's seventh largest when it was finished in 1972, and the 853-foot skyscraper has continued to dominate the San Francisco skyline since then.

Even so, a stop to see the building up close can make a nice addition to your next trip to North Beach, Chinatown or Jackson Square. While the observation deck on its 27th floor has been closed since 2001, in recent years the building has opened a ground-floor visitor center and gift shop that offers a unique perspective on the Pyramid's history.

During your visit you can also hang out in Redwood Park, which offers about 50 trees for shade directly next to the Pyramid. Both the park and Pyramid are located on the previous site of Montgomery Block, an office building where writers like Mark Twain once worked and wrote—as tribute to one of Twain’s short stories, you can find a fountain with several jumping frogs within the park.

With this attraction and other sights in San Francisco—a beacon at the tower's top is lit over Christmas and on the 4th of July—the Transamerica Pyramid is one truly notable landmark that makes a great starting point to see the rest of our city.