SF Views, San Francisco
I could go on forever, but for now, one of the most goregous views of the SF skyline, pacific ocean and the GG bridge. Drive north on CA 101, pass the GG bridge. Take the second exit, Alexander. At the stop sign a left turn. It will swing you back the direction you orignally came from but under the freeway. Take the road lead up the mountainside. When you see the ocean, park your car. This road leads to numerous vista, parks, include Muir Woods. If you time this excursion right around sunset, its breathtaking.
Noe Valley - 24th and Church. Spectacular views and area full of restaurants. Housing cost is the highest in this area because the amazing views and parks. See what is means to 'live' in SF and why it really sucks to live in BFN(butt-f**king nowhere) like San Jose.
Driving south along the I-280 towards San Jose. As you leave SF, you will immediately see great mountain views! The highway features nice sweeping turns and you'll feel as if you're no longer in an urban area, even though you're heading towards Silicon Valley. San Jose is about 45 minutes away, depending on the traffic.(heading from SF to SJ via the 101 and you'll see miles upon miles of suburbia).
Twin Peaks off the beaten path?! Yeah right... NOT! Sunrise is very nice to watch from up there, if you are lucky enough not to be in the clouds or covered in fog up there. Great view at night as well... But very crowded too, for obvious reasons ;)
Another nice place where you have a great overview from is Tank Hill.
COOL LOOKOUT - Corona Heights. Most tourists end up going up Twin Peaks for the view (which is great), but there's a really cool lookout that most locals don't even know exists. It requires a bit of walking (lots of uphill). Start out at Market and Castro. Walk up Castro (North) to 15th Street. Turn left (West) and head up 15th to Roosevelt Way. Turn left on Roosevelt Way (Southeast) and walk to Museum Way (entrance to the grassy park on your left). Walk over to the big hill (very obvious) and walk up it (very rocky and loose underfoot) for the BEST view of the city without needing to drive. METRO: Castro Station
San Francisco is a great walking city. There is much to see no matter where you go. Every block, every street, every hill offers something new and unique!
It is one of Sf Hills, we got there from the Haight District and spent wonderful nights watching over the city and the fog.
Rent the car! Take the short drive (you might get lost, but it is worth the fun!). Go up to the Twin Peaks area and see the fantastic view of San Francisco!