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Address: Haight Street, San Francisco, CA
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An Off the Beaten Path Park with Beautiful Natural Scenery, Incredible Panoramic Views & Steep Hiking Trails!

My mother and I visited Buena Vista Park during the afternoon of August 1st. We had been exploring the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood and ended up wandering further down Haight... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Winnipeg, Canada

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Winnipeg, Canada
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mother and I visited Buena Vista Park during the afternoon of August 1st. We had been exploring the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood and ended up wandering further down Haight Street, when we discovered Buena Vista Park. The park is basically a large hill with walking trails winding through the densely wooded landscape to the top of the hill. We entered the... More 

Thank brittanymaria423
Salt Lake City, Utah
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park has some nice view and good walking trails. It's a nice place to visit if you want to get away from tourists.

1 Thank Leah L
San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I've lived across the street from this park for nearly 20 years. On the good side, it is one of the oldest parks in the City (established in 1867) and historic. It is about half way between the Presidio and the Mission. When men rode from the fort to the mission they would stop here to take in the amazing... More 

Thank Mark51SF
San Francisco, CA
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458 reviews
223 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

There was a mock funeral here in 1967 for 'The Hippy', it was hilarious. This park, a big bit of rock that proved too much to remove, is now a wonderful, somewhat manicured part of SF. Not safe at night.

Thank William M
Burlingame, California
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194 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Nice trails and great views. A little oasis off of the Haight. Can walk off the trails to beautiful neighborhoods too. A must see.

Thank travelagentreplies
Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The climb from the very bottom to the very top of the park while jet lagged nearly killed me, but the view was awesome, and we saw so much lovely wildlife - hummingbirds, woodpeckers, blue jays - so pretty! Worth a stroll if you can handle the climb.

1 Thank Pseudee
Brisbane, Australia
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633 reviews
451 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 476 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 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 

2 Thank kpiddy
Centerville, Ohio
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90 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank WaltripWoman
Inverness, Florida
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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 

5 Thank lenebean2014
Honolulu, Hawaii
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645 reviews
184 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 303 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 

2 Thank travelmeisteren

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