If - and only IF - it's a clear day, you'll want to make the short drive up to Twin Peaks. The view is incredible. You'll get to see most of San Francisco (at least, most of SF that is of interest to the visitor), and, on clear days, you'll see a lot of the East Bay and Marin.
There may be public transportation here on MUNI - I'm not sure. If you don't have a car you can get a similar view from Tank Hill (click here) or from Market Street above the Castro.
There is parking, but you may have to wait for a spot to open up if it's busy. This also used to be a popular "Lover's Lane" kind of place at night, though I think people have gotten more uptight in recent years!
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.
This is a fantastic panaromic view of San Francisco from the top of Twin Peaks at an elevation of 922 feet. Can be windy up there so bring along a windbreaker.
There are transmission towers and a reservoir up there. Rest is a nature's reserve with raccoons, skunks, opossums, white crowned sparrows and redtail hawks as well as the a home to the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly.
What a view from up there.
Twin Peaks is known as the best view of the city, but I went on a rainy November day and had to peer through the clouds and rain while hoisting an umbrella. Even on a cloudy day, it was easy to pick out the financial district, AT&T Park, Candlestick Park, and the Bay Bridge. Unfortunately, we could not see the Golden Gate Bridge, or even much of the bay itself, certainly not Oakland nor Alcatraz!
I returned on a clear night in April and got to enjoy a wonderful view of the city. On this Sunday night around 10pm the parking lot was full despite the cold winds. The sky was crystal clear and we could see all the way to Oakland and to the Golden Gate Bridge.
From downtown, Twin Peaks is at the end of Market Street. From any other direction, Twin Peaks would be difficult to find without a map, but you can search for Twin Peaks Blvd on your favorite mapping website such as Google Maps.
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.
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!
Twin Peaks and Coit Tower, in my opinion, give the best views of San Francisco. Twin Peaks is a bit different from Coit Tower in that you can see the entire city and the San Francisco Bay, with unobstructed views. When you go, you will notice that there is one long street that seems to be the focal point of the view - that is Market Street, probably the busiest street in San Francisco. One caveat about Twin Peaks however: Twin Peaks is often foggy, and when it's foggy, it can be hard to see good views. Thus, the best time to visit Twin Peaks is when it's a clear day in San Francisco. Clear nights are also wonderful, and romantic. Also beware of high winds! The best way to reach Twin Peaks is by car because of its extremely high vantage point (it's the second highest point in San Francisco) and curving roads.
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 stands at an elevation of over 900 ft and is named after its two virtually identical summits. The lower portion of Twin Peaks has residential homes on it. The summit is home to a handful of transmission towers and a 14 million gallon reservoir.
The main reason to visit though is the stunning 360 degree view of San Francisco from the top.
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.
Getting to Twin Peaks via public transit is actually pretty easy. From downtown, hop on the F-Line streetcar to the last stop in the Castro. Transfer to bus #37 Corbett on the north side of Market Street by Castro Street. Ask the driver where he/she can drop you off on Crestline Drive. Once you get off the bus, be careful walking up the steps on the hillside and watch out for any cars when walking along Twin Peaks Blvd.
Here is the best view of San Francisco from within the city limits. It's quite a trip out here, but well worth it. Next to the hilltop is Sutro Tower, a huge radio/tv tower that serves as a local landmark.
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.
In the center of San Francisco are two peaks that look like camel humps or more vividly two sexy breasts looking up towards the heavens.
Even the Ohlone Indians, who lived here for centuries before any European set eyes to this land, even they recognized the sensuality of Twin Peaks and referred to them as a woman's bosom. Yes, I guess us men are "visually inspired creatures."
To get to Twin Peaks, you'll need to drive. If you take the 49 Mile Scenic Drive, eventually, you'll get here. If you're in a hurry, just take Market Street (the primary street that cuts diagonally in the center here), and it turns into Portola as it snakes about. Be prepared to turn right onto Twin Peaks Blvd. and drive up until you get to the parking lot, where, it will be freezing cold. Be sure to wear a heavy coat, even in the summer, especially if you go there at night, where I think you'll get the best night views of San Francisco.
It will be very windy. If you've styled your hair to go to the opera right after this, your hair will be completely reshaped and styled by an angry mother nature zephyr.
From Twin Peaks, you will see both the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, Market Street, the Financial District, the Castro (where market goes diagonally) and the East Bay and cities like Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, Albany, and Richmond.
Twin Peaks, formerly known as San Miguel Hills, are two hills situated in the geographic center of San Francisco, California. It is the second highest point in in San Francisco, after Mount Davidson. The peak of the hills can be reached by only one road, the Twin Peaks Boulevard. On the top of the Twin Peaks is the Christmas Tree Point, where you will see without obstruction the magnificent scenery of the City of San Francisco and San Francisco Bay.
Elevation: about 922 feet