Twin Peaks, San Francisco

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  • For a stunning view...

    by Tom400C Written Sep 26, 2007

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    San Francisco at your feet

    ... of the city. On a clear day you really should go to twin peaks. No public transport goes all the way to the top so we took the F from fisherman's wharf to the Castro and continued on foot. It took us a while to get there but the absolutely stunning views over the city were more than worth the effort :-) Extra tip: even on a sunny day, it can get cold and windy up there so bring a sweater or something else to keep you warm...

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    Best view of the city

    by mrtourne Written Dec 9, 2003

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    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...

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    Twin Peaks

    by TashieKitten Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.)
    Unparalleled views!

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    Top of Twin Peaks

    by Redlats Updated Aug 5, 2005

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    SF from Twin Peaks

    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.

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    Twin Peaks

    by Pounder73 Updated Jun 25, 2003

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    Directions
    Go down Market, away from the Embarcadero, past Castro a couple miles, make right on Twin Peaks. go all the way up.

    enjoy.

    But be aware that even if it is not foggy in the city, it may be foggy here.

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    Windy but the Panorama is Stunning!

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 17, 2009

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    What a beautiful view of the Bay Area! This is one of those tourist landmarks that you've gotta appreciate even if you live here hehehe. With an elevation of ~900+ feet (Noe Peak, the South Peak is 922 ft.. Eureka, the North Peak is 904 ft.), the Peaks are actually the second tallest hills in SF (Mount Davidson is the tallest), but probably #1 in terms of best 360 panoramic view.

    Twin Peaks Boulevard is the only road that goes to the summit of the peaks, and on the north side of the hills it connects to Christmas Tree Point, where there is a parking lot and an observation area offering unobstructed views of most San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay. Known by the Spaniards as "Los pechos de la Chola" (i.e. the Breasts of the Indian Maiden), Twin Peaks is ideally located at the geographical center of San Francisco. On a clear day, visitors are treated to a 360-degree view spanning the Golden Gate to Alcatraz, to Berkeley, to the peninsula. But even on a foggy day, the views are heart stopping, with the fog rolling in from the ocean and practically lapping at one’s feet.

    Night on Twin Peaks is an entirely different experience that must also be experienced. The entire Bay Area sparkles below like a jeweled carpet. But the billing and cooing one hears most probably emanates from cars parked nearby, rather than the wildlife. Not surprisingly, Twin Peaks serves as an “Inspiration Point” for lovers. After all, what could be more romantic than parking above the twinkling lights of San Francisco and below the twinkling stars in the sky? If you don’t have someone to keep you warm, you might want to bring a jacket. It gets pretty windy on top of the world.

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    Climb to the Top of Twin Peaks

    by machomikemd Written Oct 10, 2011

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    The Top of the peaks of the Twin Peaks provide a more magnificent view of the Bay Area! That is if you can climb the 200 step foot path reinforced with wood going to both of the peaks of the twin peaks. You must be in good shape to climb it. This is one of those tourist landmarks that you've gotta appreciate even if you live here hehehe. With an elevation of ~900+ feet (Noe Peak, the South Peak is 922 ft.. Eureka, the North Peak is 904 ft.), the Peaks are actually the second tallest hills here in the City (Mount Davidson is the tallest), but probably #1 in terms of best 360 panoramic view moreso from the top of the peaks.

    Twin Peaks Boulevard is the only road that goes to the summit of the peaks, and on the north side of the hills it connects to Christmas Tree Point, where there is a parking lot and an observation area offering unobstructed views of most San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay. Known by the Spaniards as "Los pechos de la Chola" (i.e. the Breasts of the Indian Maiden), Twin Peaks is ideally located at the geographical center of San Francisco. On a clear day, visitors are treated to a 360-degree view spanning the Golden Gate to Alcatraz, to Berkeley, to the peninsula. But even on a foggy day, the views are heart stopping, with the fog rolling in from the ocean and practically lapping at one’s feet.

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    There are two places to see...

    by miaou Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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    You must make the trip up Twin...

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 4, 2006

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    You must make the trip up Twin Peaks. It was on one of my first trips out here once JP and Heidi had moved back that I came up here. The views although the sun was setting were fantastic. This should be a must see for anyone coming to town.

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    A Different Way to See Twin Peaks

    by virtualvagabond Written Aug 28, 2009
    Twin Peaks urban hike

    Twin peaks has he best view in the city, but it's often crowded with groups from tour buses. If you're not afraid to do a some walking, there's a much more interesting way to check out the view. Just click the link to get details about this cool urban hike.

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  • A "Model View" of San Francisco.

    by haathi Written Dec 23, 2006

    Looking at San Francisco from Twin Peaks feels like you are looking at a Model View - the kind that Architects and Developer make for RealEstate Buildings - of the City ! We came across Twin Peaks by accident when we were returning from a Trip to Golden Gate and lost GPS signals.

    There are two ways you can get up to Twin Peaks. We went in from one and came out of the other onto Market Street at Castro.

    There are Telescoping Viewing Stands that you can put a quarter in, to get a close look of the City and other surrounding areas. The tourists seem to have trashed the area quite a bit with soda cans, food bags and other things. Please help us keep the City clean and pick up after yourself ! Also, make sure you get here on a sunny day because San Francisco is know for it's fog !

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    Twin Peaks

    by goingsolo Written Jul 5, 2005
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    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.

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    Fantastic View

    by joanj Updated Aug 28, 2004
    View from Twin Peaks

    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.

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    Great View Of The City

    by cwest03 Updated Jul 7, 2004

    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.

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    Twin Peaks

    by travelnut71 Written Oct 30, 2002
    Twin Peaks Night View

    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!

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