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Buena Vista Park

Haight Street, San Francisco, CA
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Ranked #81 of 373 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Parks, Lookouts
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: Buena Vista Park is a park in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Hieghts neighborhoods of San Francisco. Iti is the oldest official park in San... more »
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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428 reviews 428 reviews
104 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Not sure why BV Park gets as high ratings as it does. The views from the top are negligible. The views from a bit below the summit on the north (Haight St side) are better but still not as good as other locales. Maybe it’s the large grassy area adjacent to Haight St? I dunno but if this park hadn’t... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

one of the best views of the city from a very interesting and green spot. It's hard to get to the top but honestly the view will make you forget about tiredness immediately!

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Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We were on a cross-city ramble with the goal of Haight/Ashbury, Golden Gate Park & the Pacific when we stumbled upon this park. What a great discovery for us! The park is basically a hill so the trails are steep to get to the top. But the views are worth it! You get good views of the bay to the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I hadn't heard about this park, like I had heard about Golden Gate Park, Presidio, and Alamo Square. Now it's my new favorite! I took a self-guided walking tour of the Haight/Ashbury area and this was the first stop. Took the 71 bus from Market Street (financial district downtown). Drops you off right by the park. I was a little... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Don't let the homeless folks scare you off. This is a nice park with pretty decent views. Don't forget your bottle of oxygen! It is steeper than it looks. Keep an eye out for the homeless guy with a Siamese cat on a leash- how funny!

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Dallas
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92 reviews 92 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

If you approach from the north side of the park, beware that you've got an uphill hike to the views. There's a way to approach from the south more easily. We walked up from Haight Ashbury. The higher you go the better the views.

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London
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100 reviews 100 reviews
50 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

On the way to Haight-Ashbury we stopped here. Well, we tried to stop here and it turned into a hike, but it was worth it! Views over the entire city, lovely nature, fresh air... Definitely worth it :) Forget Haight-Ashbury, this is what you need to visit!

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The park looks really small from Haight Street, but once you starting climbing the hill to have a nice view from the city, you discover that Buena Vista Park is actually big enough to have various trails, enormous trees, and an amazing view of the hole city, including both bridges. Not to mention that you can find lots of quite... More

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The view is obviously the reason to climb this steep hill, but on the way there you enjoy a piece of nature that looks as untouched as nature can in the middle of a big city. Of course it is closely cared for, but the way the ground plants are allowed to grow in their own way and pace gives... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This park has possibly the best view of the city at least that I've encountered - maybe second to Coit Tower or the Starlight Room. You climb to the top via various trails, steps, etc and are greeted by a stunning view of both bridges and everything in between. It's tough to get a clear day, but even foggy days... More

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