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Best Lookout Points in San Francisco

It’s all about the view! With San Francisco's hilly streets, blended with cityscapes and rugged landscapes, there are many beautiful views to take in during your vacation. These lookout points in San Francisco are worth every minute, regardless if you drive a little further or walk a little longer.

Twin Peaks

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As one of the most popular lookout points in San Francisco, Twin Peaks is best known for its easily accessed 360-degree view of the city. The entire area is about half a mile round with steep ascents and descents. While there is a parking lot at the top, it tends to fill up fast, so plan accordingly.

Grandview Park

The steep climb up a set of wooden stairs brings visitors to spectacular vistas at Larsen Peak in Grandview Park. At 666 feet tall, the park offers views of the Sunset District and Golden Gate Park.

Lands End Lookout

Escape the sounds of the city without having to actually leave the city with a visit to Lands End Lookout. Wind your way through rocky cliffs that jut out over the ocean, shady cypress, and eucalyptus trees, plus several historic sites. Visit the Mile Rock overlook at Lands End on the Coastal Trail, which provides undeniable views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge.  

Coit Tower

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Looking for the classic downtown city skyline view? Ride the elevator ride up to the top of Coit Tower to take in 360-degree views of the city and San Francisco Bay. Nested atop historic Telegraph Hill, this monument has served as a beacon of the city’s skyline since 1933. While this is the only San Francisco lookout point on our list that comes with a price tag, $8 for non-residents, it is completely worth the expense.

Bernal Heights Park

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Bernal Hill provides visitors with a beautiful 360-degree panoramic view of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown, San Bruno Mountains, and the hills of East Bay. Walk the well-defined dirt trails that wind around the hill’s flanks, which provide access to the summit. 

Inspiration Point

No trip to the Presidio is complete without a stop at Inspiration Point. Appropriately named, this spot is one of the most spectacular lookout points in San Francisco. Visitors can take in views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Presidio forest.

Golden Gate Overlook

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It would be hard not to find an Instagram photo of Golden Gate Overlook. As one of the city’s most photographed viewpoints, this overlook, as the name suggests, provides one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Eagle’s Point

Located at the opposite end of Lands End Trail, rests Eagle’s Point. This slightly less-trafficked trail, we think, offers one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. While it may not be an up-close snapshot, the views of the natural landscape that surround the bridge and lush foreground, make this lookout point in San Francisco one of the most picturesque.

Hippie Tree

Located in Tiburon, Hippie Tree, somewhat of a secret spot, not only offers stunning views but a little tree swing where visitors can take a seat and take in the scenery around them.

Ina Coolbrith Park

The Russian Hill neighborhood is probably most famously known for its crooked Lombard Street but also worth noting is Ina Coolbrith Park. This pint-sized, 8-acre park is hidden in a quiet part of the neighborhood that offers stunning views of the Financial District, the Embarcadero and the Bay Bridge.

Corona Heights Park

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Located in the Castro and Corona Heights neighborhoods, Corona Heights Park provides one of the best city views with a landscape full of colorful spring flowers. Flowers that visitors can see include checkerbloom, California poppy, Douglas iris, and many more. For the best views, hike to the top, to the red rock.

 

Inn San Francisco rooftop

Guests of the Inn San Francisco can enjoy the roof deck, open 24 hours a day, offering a 360-degree view of the city. With comfortable seating and tables, the roof deck is the perfect spot to enjoy your early morning breakfast or your evening glass of wine, while gazing out at the blanket of city lights.

The roof deck is just one of the many luxurious amenities our guests enjoy during their stay at Inn San Francisco. Discover bed and breakfast comfort and hospitality with the warmth that is distinctly San Francisco and browse our accommodations for your next getaway!


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