For a spectacular view (or foggy view in our case) of San Francisco, drive up to Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks was also known as "El Pecho de la Chola" (The Bosom of the Indian Girl). The 900 foot summit views are especially breathtaking at night.
Go do the sight-seeing thing. Drive to all the outlook points. There are a lot of them in SF -- some you can drive to (like Twin Peaks), and others you have to climb.
If you enlarge my photo, you will see a great panorama facing downtown, with the bay in the background. We missed going at sunset, but were told the views are outstanding.
Visiting San Francisco gives new meaning to the phrase "sight seeing" as there are many activities that are simply that: a chance to stop and see a particular sight, or see it from a particular place. Twin Peaks is one such activity. From this high point, you can see the city down below. The purpose for heading up here seems to be to stop and take a picture of the city from above.
So I can't say whether to do or not do this, although most people will tell you to go ahead and do this one. But it is a nice view from up here, when the fog lifts, that is.
The sightseeing here from on top the Twin Peaks is absolutely gorgeous.
The town peacefully lies down on your feet.
From this distance no signs of traffic, of human trouble arrive to your ears and so, on a wonderful sunny afternoon like this, you may have a pleasant break on your journey, or life's fatigues.
Too bad for the WIND! Omnipresent, never-stopping, over-chilling, utmostly-disturbing WIND!
I would suggest you find your way up to Twin Peaks
The view from the top on a clear day is fantastic, you can see from this picture the long straight road down the centre, leading to the downtown tall buildings.
Also if you look to the left, you can see the winding road that takes you up there.
Photo by joanj
One of my favorite views of San Francisco is from Twin Peaks. High atop this mountain you will see everything from the GG Bridge to The Bay bridge and beyond. You'll see The Castro, The Haight, Market Street and Downtown as well as the Financial District and all of the surrounding areas. You canprobably see about 80% of the city from here. The view at night is amazing too as you'll see the whole city all lit up. Be sure to dress warm as it is often times windy and cold but it will be well worth it.
See the link below for a virtual view.
The view from Twin Peaks is simply Awe-inspiring. It is very beautiful, for the surrounding geographic area compliments the city. From up here, the Golden Gate bridge looks like a bridge to heaven! This is a must see, especially if you like cityscapes like me.
It is best to go twice, either during the morning, sunrise or sunset. The most impressive time is sunset. This photogenic city especially glitters when the many colours of the setting sun reflects on it. It adds a romantic flair that most North American Cities simply cannot offer. Once coming here, it is no wonder why San Francisco, like Rio DeJaneiro, Sydney & Vancouver, is the envy of the world.
The picture on the side I took is misleading, for the actual view is much better than that.
I know it can be kind of cheesy (tourist buses abound) but I always enjoy going up to Twin Peaks when I have someone over who's not from San Francisco. First of all, it's the greatest view, spanning from the Golden Gate all the way to San Bruno Mountain. At night (on a clear night that is) the view is just magical. Plus it's really easy to pinpoint all the different areas / neighbourhoods of the city. My favorite part is not so much the vista point itself, amazing as it is, but the winding road down from Twin Peaks towards Cole Valley and landing on 17th street to get to the Castro, it's worth every minute...
This point offers a great panorama of downtown, the bay and the two bridges and the views are beautiful both at the daytime and at night. There is a parking lot at the top but you can also get there by bus followed by a little hiking. Climb one of the two hills and you'll get a 360 degrees view of the city. It's better if you bring a light jacket, otherwise the wind will make you leave too soon.
Go down Market, away from the Embarcadero, past Castro a couple miles, make right on Twin Peaks. go all the way up.
But be aware that even if it is not foggy in the city, it may be foggy here.
Twin Peaks has one, if not the best, view of San Francisco. (one of my other favorites is Tiburon, up in Marin County past Sausalito) it is a quick drive up from Market Street, and chances are you won’t spend too much time looking at the view because it is usually very cool and windy there. But I would suggest visiting this place two times, once at night and again during the day.
The view from the Twin Peaks provides a very nice panorama of the city! It is definitely worth the effort to drive up the winding road to the vantage point. Unfortuneately for us, that particular morning was a little bit hazy, so our photos did not come out as clearly as they would have on the other days that we were in SF.
Twin Peaks is in San Francisco, you can find it located on every map of San Francisco and every hotel or pedestrian who lives there can show you how to get there. It is a high mountain where the views are stunning at night. Must see!
Drive up Twin Peaks, park the car, get out, climb either or both of the peaks and look out at the city. Do this both during the day and at night. (Maybe sunset?) Market Street is quite prevalent and looks fantastic on a clear night. The different peaks give different views, a little Golden Gate Bridge, a little Mt. David. Even better is when you can see the fog about to come in (but it hasn't obstructed your view yet.)
There are two places to see San Francisco from above: COIT TOWER and TWIN PEAKS. Coit Tower is located near North Beach and is walking distance but TWIN PEAKS offer a much better view. Go up there on a clear day. Picture taken from Twins Peaks.