A great day in San Francisco is uncomplicated — good food, a sunny afternoon in the park and a meandering walk are all it takes to fall in love with the city. With stunning natural surroundings, an eclectic mix of architecture and a rich culinary culture, this dynamic city is a feast for all five senses. Its many steep hills mean impressive views are not hard to come by — and they’re easier to reach when you’ve got a rental car to help you make the climb.
1. Twin Peaks
See the city from the bay to the ocean at Twin Peaks, two neighboring hills in the geographic center of San Francisco. You can either clamber up some very steep streets through the quiet neighborhood or drive up the winding Twin Peaks Boulevard and park for free at the top. Because of its elevation, Twin Peaks offers one of the most majestic views of San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown, the architectural Sutro Tower — a three-pronged radio tower and common landmark for residents — and boats on the bay. In the summertime, Twin Peaks often forms the dividing line between the foggy ocean side of the city to the west and the sunny side to the east.