See that hill with the sci-fi forked radio tower at its summit? That's Twin Peaks, with a 925ft summit that's the highest point in SF. A giant pink triangle is displayed across the eastern hillside during June Pride month – and on clear days year-round, you'll get panoramic views here. Steep foot trails ascend to the top; wear shoes with traction and dress warmly. Alternatively, you can access Twin Peaks by car or bus 37 (limited service; check schedules).

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Nearby Excelsior attractions

1. Nobby Clarke Mansion

0.81 MILES

Built in 1892 by an attorney who wanted sunnier weather than swanky Nob Hill afforded, this gorgeous Queen Anne mansion went uninhabited after its…

2. Spark Arts

0.96 MILES

See what the Castro's creative community has been dreaming up lately at this art space showcasing local neighborhood talent. Gallery shows here are the…

3. Barbie-Doll Window

0.97 MILES

No first-time loop through the Castro would be complete without a peek at this window display featuring trans Barbies and Billy Doll, a gay alternative to…

4. Human Rights Campaign Action Center


Harvey Milk’s former camera storefront was featured in the Academy Award–winning movie Milk, and now it's home to the civil rights advocacy group…

5. GLBT History Museum

1.01 MILES

America's first gay-history museum showcases a century of San Francisco LGBTQ+ ephemera – Harvey Milk's campaign literature, matchbooks from long-gone…

6. Rainbow Honor Walk

1.04 MILES

You're always in excellent company in the Castro, where sidewalk plaques honor LGBT+ heroes. The walk runs along Market St from Noe St to Casto St and…

7. Randall Junior Museum

1.09 MILES

While adults are asleep downhill, eight-year-olds are making scientific discoveries atop Corona Heights Park. After Josephine Randall became a pioneering…

8. Harvey Milk & Jane Warner Plazas

1.11 MILES

Somewhere over the rainbow is Harvey Milk Plaza, where a huge rainbow flag flaps. Rainbow-lit escalators lead toward Castro Muni station and a display…