Grand View Park, also referred to as Turtle Hill by local residents, is a small, elevated park in the Sunset District, San Francisco, California. It is surrounded by 14th and 15th Avenues, as well as Noriega Street.To visit Grand View Park on your holiday in San Francisco, and find out what else San Francisco has to offer, use our San Francisco vacation app .
Despite its small size, or about the size of a city block, the park is important geologically and botanically and offers views of downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, to the Pacific Ocean, the Marin headlands, and across to the Sutro Tower.
The summit of Turtle Hill rises to about. It is an outcrop of chert, which is part of the heterogeneous assemblage known as the Franciscan Formation, or Franciscan Assemblage, the primary geologic feature on which the city of San Francisco is founded, here covered with a thin layer of sand. It provides one of the last remaining habitats within the city for a number of native plants, including the endangered Franciscan wallflower and dune tansy, and also bush lupin, beach strawberry, bush monkey flower, and coyote bush. The hill is crowned with Monterey cypress trees.
Grand View Park Reviews
We arrived on a cloudy, cold, windy day...and yet we loved the view. You gave out toward the ocean and can see all over the city and bay. Just spectacular. If you go to see the 16th Ave. Tiled stairwa... more »
Climb up the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps and at the top you will find Grand View Park. Incredible panoramic views of the city! more »
Awesome 360-degree views — particularly great of Sutro Tower (especially when random rainbows occur — see photo) and the ocean. Beautiful sunset spot. Also great place to take pics of the Golden Gate Bridge. And one of the few seemingly safe, dark spots in the city to take pictures of the moon.
The park had a spectacular view of south San Francisco. Just be warned that there are quite a few stairs and will need a bit of rest throughout. Overall worth the visit coupled with a visit to the Mosaic stairs.
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