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Twin PeaksUnited States of America

Enjoy expansive views of San Francisco and the Bay Area beyond from atop these iconic hills, which mark the second-highest point in the city.

From across the city, recognize Twin Peaks instantly by the soaring antenna tower that juts from a nearby summit. Even without Sutro Tower marking its location, this is a favorite destination in San Francisco. Many consider the peaks to be the city’s geographical center, which make them a great spot to enjoy panoramic views of the city and Bay Area below you.

Appreciate stunning views from the area’s parking lot. Walk along the sidewalk that runs from the parking lot partway around the hills. Check out your surroundings up-close using telescopic viewers. For a few cents, you can see many of San Francisco’s iconic landmarks through the viewers’ lenses.

If you have the time, follow the trails up the north and south peaks. Expect a 500-foot (150-meter) climb, with some steep terrain. Stop around the south peak and see San Francisco unfold before you. Map out the city’s neighborhoods on the horizon, bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the stunning Golden Gate Bridge to the north. Try to identify Coit Tower and the Transamerica Building.

Gaze up at nearby Sutro Tower, one of the most recognizable features of San Francisco’s skyline. The alien-like radio and television antenna tower was constructed in 1973. At 977 feet (298 meters) from base to top, it is the tallest structure in the city. You cannot access the tower, but take advantage of the great viewpoints near its base.

San Francisco’s fog is almost as famous as the city. The hills stand tall above the city, so Twin Peaks is sometimes above the fog. Enjoy the unique elevated vantage point and watch the fog roll from the Pacific Ocean and blanket San Francisco.

Many people drive to Twin Peaks, so the limited parking spaces fill up quickly. Arrive early if you plan to come by car. Because the hilltops are so high, the area is often windy and colder than the city below. Wear an extra layer and bring sunscreen. Visit Twin Peaks any day until midnight.

Top Hotels in Twin Peaks

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Antlers Inn
Antlers Inn
2.5 out of 5
26125 State Highway 189, Twin Peaks, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$69
per night
Apr 15 - Apr 16

Situated in the mountains, this cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Arrowhead Village, Lake Gregory Regional Park, and SkyPark at Santa's Village. California ...

3.7/5Good! (55 reviews)

"We had a great weekend at the cabin. Dinner at the grill was delicious."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Antlers Inn
Blue Jay Cottage, 2+2, Hot Tub, Wifi, Fire Pit, BBQ
Blue Jay Cottage, 2+2, Hot Tub, Wifi, Fire Pit, BBQ
Twin Peaks, CA

Situated in Twin Peaks, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout, Paradise Bay, and Blue Jay Bay. Lake Arrowhead Village and ...

Blue Jay Cottage, 2+2, Hot Tub, Wifi, Fire Pit, BBQ
Cozy Historic Cabin in Twin Peaks
Cozy Historic Cabin in Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks, CA

Situated in Twin Peaks, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout and within 3 mi (5 km) of Paradise Bay and Blue Jay Bay. Lake ...

Cozy Historic Cabin in Twin Peaks

Popular things to do in Twin Peaks

Snow Summit
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Snow Summit

4.5/5(761 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Snow Summit, a top ski area in Big Bear Lake. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Lake Arrowhead Village
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Lake Arrowhead Village

4/5(566 reviews)

When you visit Lake Arrowhead Village, a popular shopping spot in Lake Arrowhead, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Auto Club Speedway
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Auto Club Speedway

4/5(68 reviews)

Catch an event at Auto Club Speedway during your trip to Fontana. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Top activities in Twin Peaks

Mystery Thrill Seekers - Big Bear
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Mystery Thrill Seekers - Big Bear

$35
Per adult
Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Indoor Skydiving Experience

$60
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California

80% of travellers recommend
$10
Per adult
Shop & Play at Cabazon Outlets
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Shop & Play at Cabazon Outlets

100% of travellers recommend
$15
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California

$20
Per adult
Riverside Scavenger Hunt: Rumble Through Riverside Bar Crawl
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Riverside Scavenger Hunt: Rumble Through Riverside Bar Crawl

$20
Per adult

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