Beauty lurks in many places around San Francisco from hilltops and many wonderful vista points. We’re lucky to have both natural and man made beauty, which many may take for granted in the 415. Next time you take a day off or want to explore our beautiful city, venture out to these spots and visit some of the 20 most beautiful and incredible places in San Francisco.
1. Golden Gate Bridge
One of the most photographed and iconic attractions in the world is a must do. The Golden Gate Bridge never fails to impress even after numerous visits. The best viewpoints are Crissy Field, Baker Beach, and Fort Mason.
2. Twin Peaks
If you want some of the best city views then go to Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks is located in the city's geographical center. If you head out here please remember that it is popular and more crowded on weekends, but well worth it!
3. Alamo Square
Alamo Square showcases quintessential San Francisco including the famous ‘Painted Ladies’ of Postcard Row. Alamo Square has appeared in numerous TV and film shows like ‘Full House.' *Note Alamo Square is under construction now.
4. Coit Tower
A historic and well loved city staple. And, the walk to the top of Coit Tower is priceless enough with lovely views. Lastly, watch and listen for the area's wild parrots at Coit Tower.
5. California Academy of Sciences: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park
As if you needed more reasons to go to Golden Gate Park! Check out the California Academy of Sciences. This is an architectural marvel as well as an innovative museum with a 2.5-acre Living Roof.
6. AT&T Park
AT&T Park is a beautiful stadium alone, but catch a game or show. See the World Champion Giants play, but more importantly, stuff yourself silly with gourmet hot dogs, garlic fries, beer, and wine. Enjoy the views of the Bay, and count yourself lucky to be in San Francisco.
7. Legion of Honor: 100 34th Avenue
You don't have to go to Europe to see impressive art like Rodin's "The Thinker." Also, marvel at the Greco-Roman temple architecture. The Legion of Honor's art collection is definitely worth checking out!
8. Dolores Park
This is a classic San Francisco full of beauty, California chill, and fun. Dolores Park offers great views of Sutro Tower, SF Skyline (Civic Center, Financial District, and Waterfront), East Bay, and even Mt. Diablo.
9. Crooked Part of Lombard Street
A city oddity with lots of fun photo opportunities, but don't get dizzy! Fun fact: Lombard is actually not the crookedest street in San Francisco (though it may be one of the prettiest!).
10. Sutro Baths
A city ruin with mystery, history, and an ambience unlike any other in California. Looking out into the great Pacific from these old ruins is an incredible experience.
11. The Presidio
Explore the lush trees and trails at the Presidio. The former military base is one of San Francisco's greatest sprawling playgrounds for hikers, bicyclists, and urban explorers.
12. Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is chock full of wonderful things. All 1,017 acres of it, from the Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers to the deYoung Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. And don't forget the windmills and the bison!
13. Chinatown: Downtown
San Francisco's Chinatown is a whole other universe and full of culture and great food. It is both the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest of its kind in North America.
This one's jaw-dropping mainly for its disturbing history, but it's also in the middle of the Bay and has some majestic views of Fog City and the Bay.
15. Lands End Labyrinth
A stunning piece of art along the coastline with views of the stunning Golden Gate Bridge. However, in the past this has been vandalized in late 2015, but it is officially back and as awesome as ever!
16. Grace Cathedral: Nob Hill
No matter your faith or background, admiring this gothic architectural gem and walking the labyrinth here is an enlightening experience.
17. Palace of Fine Arts
This majestic building in the Marina was originally built in 1915 and continues to be a stunning home for art exhibitions, concerts, and special events.
18. Crissy Field
Enjoy Fog City especially in Crissy Field. The breathtaking views of the Marin headlands and Golden Gate Bridge will always impress too. Also, you can take walk to The Warming Hut or The Crissy Field Center Cafe in this area.
The Exploratorium is a popular science museum, with exhibits for both children and adults to enjoy. This is a fun attraction on the water that dazzles adults just as much as the kids.
20. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) on 151 3rd St
Even if you don't like art, the architectural splendor is impressive at MOMA is dazzling. MOMA is a new entry to a city full of world-class attractions. Explore the revamped space and collection of modern and contemporary art.