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Tourist or Not: Twin Peaks is the Spot

Whether you live in San Francisco or are just visiting, Twin Peaks is always a great FREE way to get a different perspective of the city. Watch the fog roll in from Ocean Beach over the compact maze of Victorian houses, apartment buildings, parks and sky scrapers. The view is epic no matter if it is a sunny day or not – sometimes foggy or gray days can make the city look even cooler and make for great photos.

If you have time to chill, bring a blanket and a bottle of wine and climb up one of the peaks to enjoy the panoramic view. If it is too windy or you are just going up as a tourist, you can just park in the parking lot to have a look over what I’d say is probably the most impressive lookout spot in the city. If you have even more time, try riding your bike there and making a day out of it! Just ride in the direction of that big red and white antenna you see looming over San Francisco…

Twin Peaks
Drive up Scenic Route 49
Follow the signs to Twin Peaks
photos by: Heidi Smith

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Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Originally from San Diego, Heidi migrated north to study journalism at SFSU and interned for the SF Bay Guardian writing music stuff. She later embarked on a study-abroad program in both Denmark and Holland, and basically never came home. For six long years, she froze her ass off in Oslo, Norway, pretending to be a viking princess, trying to figure out how to survive in the most expensive city in the world. The other two years were spent frolicking on the beach in Spain - sipping on sangria in between being tossed around Europe working as a stressed-out journalist. Heidi currently works at for a non-profit cultural exchange program, helping others experience life from a different perspective. She is thrilled to be back in SF, magnetizing the obscure, and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do.