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Top 5 Panoramic Bay Area Views Worth the Climb

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Updated: 9 February 2017
San Franciscan local Juan Romero captures the Bay Area‘s photogenic side with these five panoramas. (Click on photos for full-size versions.) Check out what else these killer views have to offer.

Angel Island

Angel Island features…

  • – Views of the Bay Area from sea-level
  • Day-long trails for casual hikers
  • Reservable overnight campsites (best for September and October)
  • – Historical landmarks
  • – Picnic and BBQ tables

    Hiking potential: roughly 5-mile hiking loop variations, either around the island perimeter or up Mt. Livermore

    Neighborhood: Tiburon, Marin County

    Getting there: Angel Island Ferry—or befriend a local boater

    Angel Island, Tiburon, Belvedere Tiburon, CA, USA

    Bernal Heights

    Bernal Heights features…

    • – Perfect viewing points for “firework” holidays
    • – Canine-friendly areas

    Hiking potential: 30 to 45-minute loop

    Neighborhood: just south of the Mission and north of Hunter’s Point

    Getting there: Bernal Heights Station (Muni 67)

    Bernal Heights Park, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-831-5500

    Corona Heights

    Corona Heights features…

    • – Birding on the hill and habitat restoration
    • – Red chert rock formations at the top
    • – Wildflower fields in the spring
    • – Beaver Street Wall nearby for climbers; restrictions apply

    Hiking potential: 10 to 15-minute stair climb to the top

    Neighborhood: Castro, near Market

    Getting there: Castro Station (Muni K, L, M, T, and 33)

    Corona Heights Park, Roosevelt Way & Museum Way San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-831-5500

    Golden Gate Heights

    Golden Gate Heights features…

    • – Moraga Mosaic Steps and Hidden Garden Steps
    • – Spineflower and wallflower patches when in season
    • – Tree swing

    Hiking potential: options for all levels; 3.1-mile loop courtesy of 7×7

    Neighborhood: Sunset District

    Getting there: Golden Gate Park Station (Muni 21, 44, 5, and 5R)

    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-831-2700

    Ina Coolbrith Park

    Ina Coolbrith Park

    Featuring…Plenty of comfortable sitting areasOccasional wild parrots”Secret garden”-like winding paths Hiking potential:Minimal—a few staircasesNeighborhood: Russian HillGetting there: Mason and Vallejo Station (Powell-Mason tram); Union and Taylor Station (Muni 41 and 45); Pacific and Taylor Station (Muni 10 and 12) </p>

    Ina Coolbrith Park features…

    • – Plenty of comfortable sitting areas
    • – Occasional wild parrots
    • – “Secret garden”-like winding paths

    Hiking potential: Minimal—a few staircases

    Neighborhood: Russian Hill

    Getting there: Mason and Vallejo Station (Powell-Mason tram); Union and Taylor Station (Muni 41 and 45); Pacific and Taylor Station (Muni 10 and 12)

    Ina Coolbrith Park, Vallejo & Taylor, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-274-0291

    By Megan Cosgrove

    When she is not inhaling Korean food, the Singaporean native can be found doodling, wandering local farmers’ markets, or enjoying a good sunset. Notebook and flip-flops in hand, she is excited to explore the Bay Area and its summertime treasures with The Culture Trip team.

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