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7 Views Unique To San Francisco

By Ashlyn Davis

best views in san francisco

7 views you won’t find anywhere else.

Famous for its rolling hills, San Francisco is never short of incredible views. This list, however, includes some of the quirkier ways for your eyes to take in the city.

1.Three Gems – views that change with the weather

 

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California artist, James Turrell, turned his crater concept inside-out in this earth-covered installation. Lie back on the curved seating and watch the LED lights illuminate the room according to the skies outside. The celestial vibes are a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle.

2. Peephole Cinema – spying without the creepiness

 

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Stroll down a hidden alley and pull up a chair next to a Victorian cottage to view a free short film at any time of the day. The ideal outdoor cinema experience those on a budget.

3.Twin Peaks – a Boral Hill favorite

 

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Not to be confused with the eerie town of Laura Palmer, this is the hill can be reached by car – or the enthusiastic trekkers – and offers panoramic views of the Bay that are decent during the day and spectacular at sunset.

4. de Young’s observation deck – art with a (free) view of the bay

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If there’s anywhere to take in views it’s the 9th floor of the de Young’s Museum, aside from offering free “bay to breakers’ views, you’ll have incredible artworks, metal-framed views of the sky and optical illusions to take in on your way up.

 

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5. Cable Cars – quintessential views of life in the city

 

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Basically a very relaxing rollercoaster ride through the city. Take your earphones, a journal or a date and watch the world go by while seeing some of the iconic landmarks.

6. Sam’s Anchor Cafe – beers, burgers and bay-side views

 

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This charming seafood restaurant is a short ferry ride away in Tiburon harbor. You’ll be able to see all the essentials – Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco skyline at once and the food is quite a sight too.

7. Loews Regency Hotel – a classy classic

 

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Just straight-up stunning views of San Francisco. An undeniably breath-taking experience and it comes with all the creature comforts (happy-hour classics).

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