SF Views, San Francisco
After I visited 24th Street in Noe Valley, I modified a suggested walk from my City Walks cards. From 24th Street, I took Sanchez north towards the Castro, which gave me an excuse to take more photos of Victorian houses (see other photos). It's a steep climb, but well worth the effort.
I took the first photo at Sanchez and Hill, which is between 22nd and 21st Street.
Continue down Sanchez until you get the top of the set of stairs Cumberland, where you can get a beautiful panoramic view of northern SF (pictured). I'm not sure, but I think that's Buena Vista Park to the left.
Continue down the stairs and you'll be on 19th Street. Turn right and you'll see the gateway to Dolores Park (pictured).
Website takes you to suggested walks from the Noe Valley Voice
Treasure Island is that left-hand exit you always pass on the Bay Bridge and think to yourself, "someday I'm going to get off at that exit and see what's there." This was that day for me. Luckily my hostess was game, and we stopped to take some very nice photos of the Bay Bridge and SF skyline (and a couple not-so-clear ones of the Golden Gate Bridge). I was just getting the hang of my new digital camera earlier in the week, so please forgive the less-than-stellar quality of the photos.
Again, this is a left-hand exit off the Bay Bridge (Hwy 80), so be prepared, especially when traffic on the Bride is heavy. If I remember correctly, there's a fork in the road at the bottom of the exit, and you want to veer right. We took the curved road down to the entrance of the former military base, made a U-turn (rather than go through the entrance) and parked at the vista point where there are a few free spaces. You can't miss them because they are next to a tourist kiosk selling film, postcards and the like.
The link is to the official government site for Treasure Island. It gives info on taking MUNI to the Island as well.
This is a little known place where you can get great views of the city. And you don't even have to pay a fee to get to the top of a tower!
Corona Heights, a hill with an elevation of 500 feet in the Castro District, is one of my favorite lunch time escapes on a nice day. Take the F Line to Castro, grab lunch at one of the many take out places in the Castro, and have a picnic at the top of Corona Heights. Tourists want to spend all their time at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. That's fine. I'll take Corona Heights with my take out picnic lunch any day over FW or P39 anyday!
More like "Off the Beaten Time Schedule".
People think I am crazy to get up so early to go to work every day. The beautiful San Francisco sunrises are the reasons I haul my butt out of bed before dawn to take the 5:50 am ferry to work.
This picture shows the view from the Embarcadero toward the Bay Bridge and Oakland. Nothing is more energizing for me that to see this sight as I begin my work day.
The way down from Bernal Heights is half the fun. The top of the hill itself is pretty bare and tree-less. On the way down, you see a semi-hidden staircase winding straight down into an alcove of trees. You take the stairs and find yourself winding down a foresty staircase toward a residential area. Across the street another hidden staircase leads back down the foresty hill .. and into a -- slide! A metal children's slide built into the hill. Slide down the side of the hill and into a sandbox before descending down the stairs onto another residential street. Suddenly, you're in a quiet, clean, paved East-Coast-esque little neighborhood. Make a couple turns and a couple blocks away you find yourself back in the heart of the mission, 20 minutes and 2 worlds away.
Bernal Heights overlooks the Mission, but on a clear day you can see much much more than that. When we went it got really foggy as we went higher. This reduced the view but added a fabulous spooky feel. As you walk along the top, there's one place where you can look out and see several teirs of landscape below: the hill below rising one way, the mission curving down beyond that, the 280 tilted up, Twin Peaks rising and Market/SoMA falling away. It's not as breathtaking as, say, Coit Tower or what have you, but I loved how it invoked that M. C. Escher picture of the stairs to nowhere, especially with the fog.
On the east side of Grant Ave, near Telegraph Hill (between Pfeiffer and Chestnut), we found a staircase between two houses. All it said was "Dead End." Led to a public deck with an awesome view. This deck is not marked in any manner, and you won't find it unless you either explore or know.
When building The Bay Bridge, the rock cut out for tunnel construction created Treasure Island. Treasure Island is located halfway between Oakland and San Francisco and gives you lovely views of the city.
Once occupied by the US Navy and Coast Guard, they have since vacated, and there are no plans for the site yet. As you enter, you wil see the first airport in San Francisco.
Location: Just over the Bay Bridge, towards Oakland
Starting point: Internet Cafe 24 FPS at Geary #608 (cross street is Jones) it is only 3 blocks away from Union Square. Have a cappucino, use the internet for a bit and prepare yourself for a good hike up Jones.
Are ya ready? Now hike up Jones Street all the way up up up. Don't be a puss now, keep on walking.
Boom, you hit California and see Grace Cathedral! Nice... Ignore the cable car, you don't need it.
Don't forget to look down at your right and see some awesome views of Bay Bridge. Keep on hiking untill you hit Broadway... make a right (it's a dead end here) and see a great view. There are stairs that will take you down to Taylor Street. You can head South down Taylor Street and see some cute architcture, or you can continue East down Broadway end up in China Town.
The view of the city on twin peaks is definitely breathtaking. We arrived something like an hour before sunset. It is a very nice place to watch the sun set and take some pictures. The lighted street is Market Street and the bridge on the top is the Bay Bridge. Of course if you want to make this kind of pictures a tripod is mandatory.
Beware though that it can be quite windy and chilly out there. We had taken our coats with us, but I would have appreciated an additional sweater.
I talked about this a bit on my San Francisco page, but it's just so great, I had to mention it again! It's such a gorgeous ride, whether on bike, car, or motorcycle. Try it.. You'll love it.. Here's a map!
Warning: If you get carsick. Be prepared to stop from time to time.. My young nephews had to stop several times to keep themselves from being sick.
When I don't have lunch plans, I will take a break from work and just walk. It's tough to avoid hills in San Francisco, which means any walk is great aerobic exercise. Go on up the hills - you'll be rewarded with outstanding views.
This picture is a view from Nob Hill looking toward North Beach, an eclectic blend of many cultures. On the other side of the bay is Richmond, a city of substantial diversity.
Van Ness Avenue, the widest street in the City, is home to San Francisco's city government.
The gold-domed City Hall was modeled after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Across the street is the Performing Arts Center comprised of the newly renovated War Memorial Opera House, the Veterans Building, Herbst Theater and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall.
Twin Peaks is a pair of hills offering the best views of San Francisco. Mount Davidson, at 940 feet, is the City's highest point and is located south of Twin Peaks.
Both are accessible by car and offer stunning views beyond the City to the Golden Gate and to the East Bay.
take a photo of San Francisco, especially at night. It is the first exit off of the Bay Bridge (highway 80) - there really is nothing to see in the island and it is a totally residential place, but the entrance has a great view of San Francisco. The only reason that this place is not one of the highest priced land around SF is the fact that it has been closed to the public for around 60 years - it was a Military Base, so all the houses on it are pretty crappy (sorry residents)So if you have any interest in photography, this is the place
to take a pic from!
The site below is commercial and I am not advertising it, but it has some nice pics to give you a better idea than my poor quality photo.