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Buena Vista Park

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Address: Haight Street, San Francisco, CA
Activities: City walk sightseeing

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Tranquil, yet lots to see!

A great place to enjoy some of the landscape and versatile architecture! The park is actually man-made, but was created early in the city's history as people realized the need to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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362 reviews 362 reviews
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357 helpful votes 357 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were out pounding the pavement and found ourselves near Buena Vista Park, I knew of the park and had thought maybe we might visit but then remembered that our host did not recommend it. As I was so excited to seeing my first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge we decided to climb to the top of the park... More 

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Centerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A great place to enjoy some of the landscape and versatile architecture! The park is actually man-made, but was created early in the city's history as people realized the need to maintain green spaces. Lots of history--especially in that people crowded into the park to live following the post earthquake and fire destruction in the early 1900s.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Found a homeless guy to give us a tour of the area and he took us up the hill of Buena Vista park. He took us to a clearing on the hill that over looked the entire city, past the bridge. He gave us a real history of what was going on in the city and things tour guides dont... More 

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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28 helpful votes 28 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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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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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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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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55 helpful votes 55 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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The area surrounding the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets, “The Haight” still exudes vibes of the 1960s counterculture as a haven for vintage clothes, music, pop posters and body piercing shops. While the Summer of Love ended decades ago, Haight-Ashbury has turned into a melting pot of hippies, hipsters, and professionals. Walking through its streets can still feel like stepping back in time. A must-see neighborhood for most music fans, it’s easy to see why these streets attracted the likes of the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. You’ll likely be content in The Haight day or night, just be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
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