Why are sunsets more golden in California

THE BEST SUNSETS IN SAN FRANCISCO

There's no better way to start the evening than watching the sun set against the San Francisco skyline. Here we reveal a few favorite places for a drink in front of a fabulous backdrop.

Bernal Heights Park

Make your way to Bernal Heights Park next to Mission District on the southern outskirts. After the short ascent to the highest point of the park, you will be rewarded with a 360-degree panoramic view, which is impressive at any time of the day, but is of course particularly beautiful to look at against the reddish evening sky. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and in the other direction to Bayview-Hunters Point. There is a charming tree swing on the hill, which is now a famous Instagram motif.

Cityscape Lounge

The name says it all. Located on the 46th floor of the Hilton at Union Square, this bar offers breathtaking 360 ° views of the San Francisco cityscape. From here, you are sure to enjoy one of the best sunsets in all of California. Even when the infamous fog settles over San Francisco, the view from the 46th floor is still impressive. But don't miss the bar's tapas and special drinks either!

Land's End

Lands End, one of San Francisco's most picturesque beaches, is hidden behind the impressive cliffs west of Lincoln Park and is accessible via a hiking trail. The path is beautiful but runs along the steep bank - so bring sturdy shoes. The view of the roaring surf, cypress-clad slopes, and the Golden Gate Bridge before a phenomenal sunset is a sight you won't forget.

Ocean Beach

Just south of Lands End is Ocean Beach, a typical California beach on the western edge of the city. At Ocean Beach you can enjoy a wonderful sunset over the Pacific, while behind you the city is bathed in golden light. Ocean Beach can be quite fresh all year round, but a campfire can help with that.

Red and White Fleet

With the Sunset Cruise from Red and White Fleet you will experience a romantic ride through the bay with live music, snacks and drinks. You'll also get views of iconic San Francisco landmarks like Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge along the way. The Sunset Cruises are very popular, so it's best to reserve your place on deck right away.

Twin peaks

In the geographic center of San Francisco, the approximately 280-meter-high Twin Peaks rise. On top of the hills you have breathtaking panoramic views that stretch from Ocean Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge to Mission District and Potrero Hill. The sunset on one of the two twin peaks is a real highlight - for visitors and locals alike.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island is a man-made island built for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition that offers spectacular views of the Bay Bridge and the skyline. At sunset (and sunrise) the shore is lined with camera tripods for ambitious photographers who want to capture the perfect picture. From the Avenue of the Palms on Treasure Island you have a great view of the north bank between the bridges.

Restaurants with a view

Enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine in hand and good food.

The Cliff House (1090 Point Lobos) offers great views of Seal Rocks, the Pacific Ocean and the Marin coast from every seat thanks to its elegant, large windows.

The yachts from Hornblower Cruises & Events (Pier 3, Embarcadero) are floating restaurants where you can admire the sunset from a different perspective. Hornblower offers everything from dinner cruises with dancing to personalized private cruises on San Francisco Bay.

The top of the mark (999 California St.) has been a popular address since it opened in 1939, attracting visitors from all over the world with its unique lounge and magnificent views. The glass front of the Cocktail Lounge on the 19th floor in Nob Hill offers panoramic views from one of the highest points in the city.

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