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Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Free admission
501 Twin Peaks Blvd, San Francisco, CA

The Basics

Most visitors take in sweeping vistas from the scenic overlook, but it’s also possible to follow short trails up the two hills of Twin Peaks—South Peak and North Peak—for unobstructed views. Many San Francisco city tours include a stop at Twin Peaks for photo ops, while some half-day tours combine a visit here with other Bay Area landmarks, such as Muir Woods and Sausalito, or a bay cruise. For an insider’s view, consider an urban-hiking tour that also takes in some of the city’s lesser-known stairways and hills.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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San Francisco from above
Lori_J, Jun 2021
San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks
Breathtaking views and a very knowledgeable, friendly and experienced guide. It is a more challenging hike so some level of fitness would be helpful.
star-5
Great urban hike
Kate_M, Jan 2019
San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks
Our guide Kevin is a SF native. He cheerfully and confidently led us up and down hills and stairways through many charming residential neighborhoods and parks. Beautiful views of the city, great 3-hour moderate workout, and lots of surprises, even for our son and daughter-in-law who are residents. Starting and ending in Castro was convenient, and great dining and coffee opportunities after the hike. Definitely recommend!
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Fabulous tour
susan_y, Dec 2018
San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks
Had a fantastic tour with Val , he was very Knowledgeable and friendly guy. We would highly recommended this tour .

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Restrooms and a parking lot are available.

  • The scenic overlook in the North Peak parking lot is wheelchair accessible.

  • Bring layers, as you may feel strong winds standing at the second-highest point in San Francisco.

  • Wear sturdy shoes if you plan to explore any of the hiking trails in the 64-acre park.

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How to Get There

Twin Peaks is located in a residential area of central San Francisco, about a 30-minute drive southwest of downtown. Unless you’re on a city tour, it takes a special trip to get here; you won’t just pass by on your way to other attractions. Drive up Twin Peaks Boulevard from either Clarendon Avenue or Portola Drive, or take a cab or ride-share vehicle.

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When to Get There

The park is open daily from early morning to midnight. For extra-special views, go at sunrise or sunset. During summer it can be difficult to avoid the city’s fog; aim for late afternoon for your best chance of clear photos if you’re visiting during this time.

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Nearby Neighborhoods

The two closest neighborhoods to Twin Peaks that are popular with San Francisco visitors are Haight-Ashbury and the Castro. Plan your sightseeing adventures so you can also explore these two districts, both known for their seminal roles in San Francisco’s countercultural history.

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