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Twin Peaks

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Go up to the top of this lofty peak on a clear day for unparalleled aerial views of San Francisco’s most recognizable landmarks.

Towering over the city, Twin Peaks is the tallest natural feature in town. Follow trails up to the twin-peaked summit or drive up the winding road to the top to marvel at the panoramic views over San Francisco from a height of over 920 feet (280 meters).

Climb either of the peaks of this hill to admire fabulous views out over San Francisco. As you make your way up, watch for local wildlife such as raccoons and the rare mission blue butterfly. The hill is mostly undeveloped, except for the presence of several transmission towers and a large reservoir that helps provide drinking and service water for the city’s residences.

Find a lookout point surrounded by stone railings near the summit parking lot. From here, try to identify various city landmarks including the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridges, Alcatraz Island and Market Street. Put coins in the viewers to see the landmarks through telescopic lenses.

Follow the trail between the north and south peaks. The figure-eight path around both peaks is only about 0.5 miles (1 kilometer) long but does feature some ascents and descents.

Be aware that it is generally windy and often chilly at the top of Twin Peaks, so dress appropriately. Make sure you go on a clear day. When the notorious San Francisco fog rolls in, the view from the top of Twin Peaks is almost totally obscured. On certain days when the fog is low-lying, the peaks themselves remain clear, meaning sightseers atop the peak can observe the fog from above as it rolls in and clouds over the city.

For a bit of exercise, hike from the city up the hillside. It is also possible to drive close to the top of Twin Peaks. A parking lot is located at the top although spaces fill quickly. Be prepared to wait a few minutes for an opening. Alternatively, join a guided bus tour of the city; many operators include a stop at Twin Peaks.

Top Hotels Close to Twin Peaks

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
The price is $170 per night from May 22 to May 23
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4.2/5 Very Good! (1,448 reviews)
"Clean and quiet, with friendly and helpful staff. Located near plenty of transit options and having a safe garage was most convenient. Our trip was improved greatly by staying here."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

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The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
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The price is $199 per night from May 30 to May 31
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4.3/5 Excellent! (2,003 reviews)
"Great location to see San Francisco sights and a very nice hotel."

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The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, 94103
Fully refundable
The price is $171 per night from May 30 to May 31
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4.1/5 Very Good! (1,277 reviews)
"Friendly staff, cleanliness 10/10, overall great stay!"

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
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Best Lodging Options Near Twin Peaks

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
The price is $170 per night from May 22 to May 23
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $199 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, 94103
The price is $171 per night from May 30 to May 31
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
The Hotel Castro
The Hotel Castro
2.5 out of 5
4230 18th St, San Francisco, CA, 94114
The price is $236 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
The Hotel Castro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.