Getaway to Twin Peaks for an exceptional panorama

At 280 metres above sea level, Twin Peaks offers the best view of San Francisco, day or night. The second highest peak in the city, it is also a quiet and welcoming residential area. Twin Peaks is the ideal place for the photo of the year, a stroll with friends, a sunset between lovers...

Les collines Twin Peaks, San Francisco, Californie

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The best view of San Francisco

The Twin Peaks rise to a height of 280m, offering superb views of the city from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. Located in the geographical centre of San Francisco, they are THE best place to admire the city. The best viewpoint is undoubtedly from the top of the North Peak, at the foot of the huge telecommunications aerial. Here you'll find a perfectly landscaped lookout, Christmas Tree Point, offering a panoramic view of the whole of San Francisco. For even more magic, don't hesitate to come back at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset- it's well worth the diversions.

San Francisco seen from the summit of the Twin Peaks North Peak

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A residential area

Twin Peaks is also the name given to the residential community that has sprung up on the mountainside at the bottom of the hills. This peaceful district is recognisable by its colourful houses. A stroll through the streets can be a most pleasant experience. The top of Twin Peaks is also home to the city's fire reservoir, built after the great fire of 1906.

Colorful houses in Twin Peaks, San Francisco

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Twin Peaks at the cinema

The name Twin Peaks may ring a bell, but that's hardly surprising - it's the name of a series and a film by David Lynch. The famous detective series follows the investigation of an FBI agent, Dale Cooper, into the murder of a schoolgirl. However, any resemblance to an existing location is purely coincidental: the series has nothing to do with San Francisco's Twin Peaks. The Twin Peaks of cinema is an imaginary town in Washington State.

Welcome sign in the Twin Peaks village in the American series

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🚌 Getting there

We strongly recommend that you have a car at your disposal to discover the Twin Peaks. All you have to do is drive along the aptly named Twin Peaks Boulevard, a road that crosses the Twin Peaks from one end to the other, offering fantastic views of San Francisco and its bay, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the line of sight. If you don't have a car, don't panic, it's still possible to get there. From Castro, bus route 37 Corbett will take you to Crestline Drive, at the foot of the hills. There's a footpath where you can finish on foot. If you don't like walking, you can get there by taxi for around $25. Some tour bus companies include Twin Peaks in their tours (weather permitting).

View of San Francisco and the road leading to the summit of Twin Peaks by night

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