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San Francisco's Best Scenic Lookout Points

From picturesque views of the Bay, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge to the dramatic views of the coast line, we’ve listed the best scenic lookout points in San Francisco. Just a short drive from our San Francisco area hotel, these top five lookout points are a must during your time with us.

1) Coit Tower: Also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, Coit Tower is a 210-foot tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco that offers beautiful views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.

2) Land’s End: California’s stunning coast line is a must see when visiting the golden state. Land’s end offers views of cliffs descending into the crashing ocean below. Start at Land’s End lookout and follow the Coastal Trail. Look over the ruins of the 19th century Sutra Baths and the spot shipwrecks coming up from the waves at low tide. Land’s End is best to visit before sunset, so you can walk the train in the daylight.

3) Twin Peaks: The view from the Twin Peaks is unbeatable on a clear day. You can see all the way to Mount Diablo in the east, the Santa Crus Mountains to the south, the Farallon Islands to the west and the Marin Headlands to the north. In the evening, you can see the city’s grid of twinkling lights.

4) Mission Dolores Park: The famous Mission Dolores Park is another great spot for post-brunch relaxing. Grab an ice cream cone and find a spot on the grass and to view the city’s skyline framed by palm trees.

5) Hamon Observation Tower: If you want an indoor lookout point, check out the de Young Museum’s Hamon Observation Tower. Entry is free and you can walk around the observation floor to enjoy views of the Golden Gate Park, downtown San Francisco, the Bay and even the Marin Headlands. You can also appreciate the city’s architecture from this lookout point.

Go out and explore all that San Francisco has to offer with these top five lookout points.