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Fine wine, gourmet cheese, and Helen Mirren. Some things just get better with age. Buena Vista Park is…

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Fine wine, gourmet cheese, and Helen Mirren. Some things just get better with age. Buena Vista Park is San Francisco’s oldest park, retaining distinct characteristics from its earliest days, and enjoying refinements from a few new touches. What hasn’t changed here is the rush of views you get from its grassy knoll: the city, the bay, Mount Tam, the Golden Gate, Angel Island. It’s easy to spend an hour wandering a mosaic of trails in this historic park. You can take any of the many staircases up, or meander one of the paths. Our recommendation is to enter the park at Haight Street and follow the wide paved path in a counterclockwise direction. Along the path’s edge check out the marble; those are unclaimed headstones recycled from the city’s initiative to remove and relocate most of its cemeteries in the early to mid 1900s. There’s a nice vantage on the western side of the park called “The Window,” framing the city impeccably, including Golden Gate Park and out to the Pacific. At the knoll, eucalyptus and pine trees sway in the wind. This time of year the sun’s warm afternoon glow can make the scenery sparkle. Buena Vista!

Buena Vista Park borders Haight St. between Central Ave. and Baker St. Dog-friendly!

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