With a View: The Top 5 Views of San Francisco

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“When the lights go down in the city and the sun shines on the bay, do I want to be there, in my city, ohoh ohohoh ohoh”.

1 Coit Tower

Coit Tower is a landmark that sits on top of Telegraph Hill. According to late Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who financed the monument, it was built “to be expended in an appropriate manner for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city which I have always loved”. Coit dedicated it to the firefighters of San Francisco. The top of this large vertical structure provides for breathtaking views of the city.

1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco. Open Monday through Sunday, 10a.m. to 6p.m.

2 Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks are two hills (Eureka Peak/North Peak and Noe Peak/South Peak) situation in the geographic center of San Francisco. It’s a gorgeous hike to the top and once you reach the summit, the panoramic views provide a stunning 360-dregree view of the city.

For directions to Twin Peaks in San Francisco, visit www.sftravel.com/twinpeakssanfrancisco1.html.

3 Harry Denton’s Starlight Room

Sitting atop the historic Sir Francis Drake Hotel is Harry Denton’s Starlight Room. The cocktail lounge is located on the 21st floor. The large glass walls provide 360-degree views of downtown. It has 1930’s glamour with a modern swing and is the perfect spot for a drink and a dance.

450 Powell Street, 21st Floor, San Francisco, 415.395.8595, www.harrydenton.com

4 The Cliff House

The Cliff House is part of the Sutro Historic Landscape District. The building appears to be dangling off the edge of the oceanic cliffs, providing picturesque views of the Sutro ruins and Pacific Ocean. It is the perfect place to grab a meal and enjoy the view.

1090 Point Lobos, San Francisco, 415.386.3330, www.cliffehouse.com

5 Marin Headlands

The vista point at Marin Headlands boats one of the best sightseeing opporunities in the city. It has a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge with a San Francisco city backdrop.

Exit Alexander Ave on North side of Golden Gate Bridge and following Conzelman Rd.

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