Sightseeing Views in San Francisco

Sightseeing Views in San Francisco
San Francisco has an engaging history, worthwhile attractions and a great deal of scenic beauty. Keeping busy in this city of nearly a million people can sometimes just be a matter of finding the right place to take it all in. Both San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean represent an outstanding opportunity to witness, at a distance, one of the most vibrant and exciting urban centers in the entire nation.

Twin Peaks

Often one of the best ways to find a great view is to look for the television towers, which are likely built on top of the largest hill in the area. San Francisco is no exception, with Twin Peaks offering one of the highest vantage points of downtown. The hill summits at an elevation above 900 feet, making it the perfect place to gaze upon San Francisco and the entire surrounding area.

Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94114

Battery Spencer

Battery Spencer guarded the Golden Gate Bridge from its completion in 1897 until 1943. The site stands as a remarkable time capsule, with much of the original installation still intact. More than a landmark, Battery Spencer also has one of the finest views of the Golden Gate Bridge to be found anywhere in the area. Be warned, it gets cold and windy at the top.

Battery Spencer
Along Redwood Highway (101)
North Golden Gate Bridge
militarymuseum.org

Coit Tower

An art deco masterpiece, the Coit Tower has been providing the people of Telegraph Hill with an outstanding viewing platform since its construction in 1933. Climb to the top of the tower's 210 feet and you'll be treated to a view of downtown from right alongside. The Tower has become such a popular destination that parking is scarce. If you want to see the view from the top, expect to walk or take a bus from further down the hill.

Coit Tower
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd.
San Francisco, CA‎
(415) 362-0808

Top of the Mark

Many San Francisco restaurants have drawn in customers for years with remarkable views. However, few have been consistently pleasing visitors and presenting the city's best side longer than Top of the Mark, which was built immediately after the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. A more upscale viewing experience than any other vantage point, the Top of the Mark bar is famous for its views and its martini.

Top of the Mark
1 Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 616-6916
topofthemark.com

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Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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