Look out for classic views and the brand-new beauties on your next trip to the Golden City.
Few rooftop lounges existed in San Francisco until recently, but they’re now sprouting like sunflowers atop the city’s bumper crop of new hotels. Add a few heat lamps and firepits, creative small plates, and signature cocktails, and you have the recipe for the latest hot spot—even on cold nights. But the main attraction is the view. City sights are now relished from modern hotel rooftop lounges and a recently unveiled rooftop park (think Manhattan’s High Line in miniature), which only add to the menu of “classic” scenes that have been San Francisco treats for travelers for generations. Here are five new and five vintage views.
Seventy feet above the Grand Hall of the just-opened $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center is a 5.4-acre, four-block-long rooftop park and botanical garden. Although surrounded by high-rises, it truly feels like a park, with paths, a “meadow,” botanical gardens, and 600 trees. Nowhere else can you marvel at the city’s glittering tech towers while doing yoga under a redwood tree.