5 hills worth climbing for the view in San Francisco

1) Telegraph Hill

You’ll find so much more than just the views from up here. Exquisite homes, garden-filled stairwells and squawking wild green parrots await. For even better views, take the elevator up to the observation deck of Coit Tower and enjoy the breathtaking, panoramic landscapes, especially of the North and East Bays.

view from the Telegraph hill in San Francisco

2) Bernal Hill

Head to the top for clear, 360-degree panoramic views of the city, including downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge, the peninsula and the East Bay. You’ll also find a rope swing and a painted rock that continuously gets a colorful and humorous makeover. The latter is located on the north side of the hill.

top view from Bernal Hill

3) Billy Goat Hill

Enjoy a pretty vista of the city from up here, and cross your fingers there’s a rope swing. It feels as if you’re swinging into an abyss. Often it gets cut down, then some kind person will set up another. Even without it, it’s a nice climb and a perfect spot to perch down for a bit.

Billy Goat Hill in San Francisco

4) Tank Hill

Its name comes from a prominent tank that once occupied the hill and stored drinking water that was pumped nearby. At 200 meters high, this centrally located mini park is still one of the lesser-known hills and offers outstanding views of the city and beyond. It is also home to dozens of native plant species.

Tank Hill in San Francisco

5) Twin Peaks

At 280 meters high, these two adjacent peaks are the busiest of San Francisco hills. Expect many pedestrians, cars and busses to be convened at top for postcard views of the city, but the climb is worth it. It is also located at the geographical center of SF and provides a perfect lookout in all directions.

view from Twin Peaks in San Francisco

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