This 85-year-old landmark combines art history and gorgeous views. The distinctive white tower has been a Telegraph Hill fixture since 1933. Take a spin around the interior to admire the historic public art, which was restored to its former glory in 2014. The expansive murals, which depict Depression-era California, were the work of artists hired under the Public Works of Art Project in 1934. Then buy an elevator ticket at the gift shop for a panoramic view of the Transamerica Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and SoMa through the tower’s arched windows.
SF's topography makes some things rather difficult—bike commuting and parallel parking top the list. But the hilly terrain and dramatic fog yields some undeniably great views of downtown San Francisco. Whether you’re looking for a hike with a payoff, a rooftop bar, or a birds-eye tour of an architectural landmark, San Francisco has no shortage of stunning views. Here’s where to find them.