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San Francisco's Top 5 Scenic Lookout Points

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San Francisco is known for having some of the most scenic lookouts on the entire West Coast. Now that you’re in our city, we want you to experience the best of the Bay Area. Just a short drive from our San Francisco-area hotel, here are our top five destinations for an unforgettable afternoon hike or a romantic evening stroll.

Battery Spencer: This elevated point in the Marin Headlands offers the best view of San Francisco from across the Bay. Here you can enjoy a picture-perfect look at the city as its framed by the bridge’s suspension ropes.

Baker Beach: At the western edge of the Presidio, this mellow beach boasts an impressive view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s best to visit just before dusk when the bridge is illuminated by the vibrant colors of the setting sun.

Crissy Field: Set inside the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this former U.S. Army airfield provides the perfect setting for an afternoon picnic overlooking the shimmering waters of the San Francisco Bay.

Pier 7: Jutting 600 feet into the Bay from the bustling Embarcadero, Pier 7 offers views of the entire western span of the Bay Bridge and Ferry Building. Visit late morning to capture the best lighting of the bridge and the bay.

Alamo Square: After brunch, take a stroll through Alamo Square. Sit on the grass and take in the view of the Painted Ladies against the backdrop of the Downtown San Francisco’s skyline. Stay until sunset to see the rose-tinted evening lights.

Now that you’re armed with 5 of the best spots to see, we hope you will enjoy your self-guided San Francisco lookout point tour!