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“Family history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery
5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
510-658-2588
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Ranked #9 of 92 things to do in Oakland
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oakland, ca
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Family history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Families like mine have multiple generations buried here, and we see many folks just running and/or "sightseeing" on the hillsides. Go to the center first and get a guide to famous burial sites, but really stop and see the changing demographic of the bay area reflected in the names, and the markers of people from all around the world.

Visited November 2012
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English first
Oakland, California
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11 reviews
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“Incredible views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Originally designed by the landscape architect who designed the Stanford campus, a good bit of UC Berkeley, and NYC's Central Park, this place feels like an idyllic park with green rolling hills. What makes it truly worth the visit is the stunning views of downtown Oakland, the Bay, and SF. On clear days you can see Mount Tam in Marin, and even further North.

Visited October 2012
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Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania
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“Gorgeous cemetery!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Rambling and rolling over green hills, this cemetery is beautiful. I'm a photographer, and there was a feast of beautiful funereal sculpture to treat my eyes and camera. There is little logic I could find in the layout - each corner held more beautiful places and sights. This is truly a mecca for any interested in unusual cemeteries as I am.

Visited October 2012
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Berkeley
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“What you like a cemetery?????”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

You betcha. Here it is right next to the freeway with sweeping views and splashing fountains. It's great fun to see how the really rich spent their money in the old days. It's close in country for an hour walk on a sunny weekend. And if you can stop in the office and buy the guide book. It's amazing who of who's who are buried there.

Visited September 2012
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SF Bay Area
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“Magnificent views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Easy walking trails (but watch out for the cars!), quiet and peaceful. Views from the top are amazing; developers must dream of having the chance to someday move the graves ala Colma and build zillion-dollar mansions on these hills. Stop by Chapel of the Chimes outside the gates for another peaceful, contemplative experience but indoors; the two of these beautifully complement one another (but they are entirely separate businesses).

Visited June 2012
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