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5 Spots for Big-Money Views On the Cheap

Corona Heights Park

By Marguerite Richards 

Visitors often arrive to the Golden Gate City with visions of lovely Lombard Street, its steep hairpin turns dominating the mind’s eye. Navigating newcomers can be surprised by less-than-foot-friendly mini mountains to summit on their tours. But here’s the skinny on those hills: they’ll lead you to dozens of vistas all across the city, many with 360-degree panoramas. Locals pay millions for postcard-perfect picture windows to get these same views, but you don’t have to.

Mix & Mingle with Friendly Students Across the Bay

uc berkeley lawn

By Marguerite Richards

The University of California at Berkeley has been known to exert a sort of mythical power over people, and I am one of them. The first time I visited, I arrived on a holiday, at night, the campus empty. Even in the darkness, I was overcome by the impressive Beaux-Arts architecture, and felt the presence of great thinkers, inspiring professors, and burgeoning authors. It was a palpable tug.

Uncovering the Hidden Arts and Culture of Fort Mason

fort mason group

By Marguerite Richards

Fort Mason, the historic waterfront park that’s home to HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, is a maze of winding paths, rows of repurposed military barracks, and grassy knolls. Thanks to its Bay views and urban oasis feel, the park is a favorite escape for locals and visitors alike. But even for the San Franciscans who frequent this place, I recently discovered there’s a bit of mystery to be found. 

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