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10 Jaw-Dropping Views In San Francisco That Will Blow You Away

The City by the Bay has always attracted the biggest and most eccentric dreamers—and it’s no wonder, just look at the place. Surrounded by water—the cool Bay to the east, the great Pacific to the west—San Francisco is rich in natural beauty and magnificent man-made structures, from the great Golden Gate to the charming Victorian architecture dotting the landscape. But the city doesn’t give away its most breathtaking views for free: No, you gotta work for it. Get those legs and glutes in shape, and get ready to climb some steep hills. And if you’re up for it, how about a quick 1.25-mile swim to one of history’s most iconic prisons? All that work will reward you with some of the best views in San Francisco. Prepare to be blown away.

Impressive, huh? Of course, the great thing about this city is that you can get a pretty decent view almost anywhere, but we’d like to know what you think are the best views in San Francisco. Let us know in the comments!

Stephanie Garr
Stephanie is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco, California. When she's not tapping at a keyboard, she can be found leading groups on gourmet chocolate walking tours (best job ever) or running the many lovely hills and stairs of the city (to burn off all that chocolate, of course). She also runs a travel blog with her husband at Big & Small Travel (bigandsmalltravel.com).