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“Nice Day Hikes” 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 #5 of 49 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
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Northern CA
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“Nice Day Hikes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Get a map from the cemetary office or better yet, join a Docent tour. Beautiful, quiet setting and fun history!.

Visited October 2013
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Linden, Michigan
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“Most Unique Cemetery Ever!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Walking through a cemetery sounds morbid, unless you were as intriqued as we were to find out many famous people are buried here. For example, the Ghiradelli clan (smell chocolate), or the Folger family (think of coffee), plus many more. The architecture of the mausoleums were amazing and the view of San Francisco from the top of the hill at the cemetery was incredible. Make sure you pick up a map at the office which lists where all the famous folks are buried!

Visited October 2013
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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“Well worthy of the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The views of the bay are excellent and the landmark statuary and mausoleums are jaw dropping. Look for famous family names on millionaires row like Kaiser, Bechtel, Ghirardelli, Crocker and Merrit. The Chapel of the Chimes columbarium just outside the gates is not to be missed. It is an unbelievable gem by Julia Morgan and inspires awe.

Visited September 2013
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oakland
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“Lovely old cemetery, Loads of flowers in Spring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Hard to rate cemeteries, but this has a large number of famous family plots from the movers and shakers of old San francisco. It has great plantings and is laid on flat land, gently rolling hills, and a few steep hills. In the spring their bulb collections sprout forth thousands of blooms. It is well groomed. Lots of people go there to relax, to walk, and some to bike ride. Nice place.

Visited September 2013
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Moraga, California
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“UNIQUE UNIQUE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

How many people know their history of the Bay Area? Probably not too many. Take a tour given on a Saturday, free of charge through Mt. View Cemetery in Oakland. Or, if you do not have the time, simply saunter around and notice the names on the tombs....Meritt, Crocker, etc.
There are very many prominent artists, architects (Julia Morgan), business magnets (Henry Kaiser) buried and interred here, which you might not know. Stop in at the Office to get a brochure and map. That will help you on your walk. Take a good hour and just a section of this
lovely cemetery designed by Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City.
It is by no means a dreadful place, it has about the most stunning view of the Bay and the new Bay Bridge, its grounds are well kept, and the statuaries of angels are to die for.
Many joggers and Moms or nannies use Mt. View as their morning walk. You need not be
scared and you can enjoy the tulip display in the Springtime or partake in a Memorial Day
celebration. This is a place to enjoy right in the heart of the Oakland. Also get an ice
cream at Fenton's after your walk. That creamery is on Piedmont, just down the street!

Visited July 2013
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