San Francisco has long been known for its beauty and charm. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards included San Francisco as one of the world’s top 20 cities. So while you’re out enjoying the sights in this amazing city, don’t forget to stop and take in the beauty around you. Here are 5 of San Francisco’s best views:
For a little San Francisco history along with some beautiful city and bay views, head to Coit Tower in North Beach. After viewing the landmark’s fully restored WPA-era murals, take the elevator up to the top of the tower for wonderful 360-degree views of San Francisco and the bay. Coit Tower elevator entrance fees range from $2-$8.
de Young Museum
If you’re spending the day in Golden Gate Park, don’t miss the de Young Museum! Not only does this museum host many of San Francisco’s fine art collections, it is home to some of the best views in town. After perusing the museum’s galleries, take the elevator to the view tower for 360-degree views of the Golden Gate Bridge and many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods.
If you want to walk, run, bike, or skate while enjoying San Francisco’s iconic beauty, Crissy Field is the place to go. The area was established as an air field in 1919 and now hosts acres of lawns, jogging paths, and beaches along the San Francisco Bay. Come here to enjoy the fresh air, see wildlife, and play in the sun with incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
For quintessential view and photo opportunities of downtown, the Bay Bridge, and the eastern side of town, don’t miss Twin Peaks. This famous lookout spot is best accessed by car or tour bus and there is no admission fee. Bring a jacket! It is often windy here.
For an al fresco meal you’ll always remember, grab a picnic lunch at Bi-Rite and then walk to Alamo Square Park to dine in front of the Painted Ladies. This famous row of Victorian homes sits in front of a downtown skyline backdrop and is one of the most-photographed places in San Francisco.
What is your favorite place for a beautiful view in San Francisco?