Buena Vista Park, San Francisco
Sightseeing in San Francisco
Buena Vista Park, the oldest park in San Francisco, is located in the center of the city in the Buena Vista and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods, established in 1867. Aptly named due to its astonishing views of the city and beyond from the upper slopes, its secluded and winding trails offer one of the few remaining live oak groves on the coast and covers 37 acres. Visitors will find various points throughout the park offer views to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, Marin Headlands and the cliffs of Drake's Beach and beyond.
As many cultures consider the oak tree sacred, these oak woodlands are a very exceptional place with many creatures abound. In addition to the exciting nature which can be found in Buena Vista Park, it also has a rich history. A careful eye might uncover fragments of engraved marble among the trailside drainages. These are pieces of headstones from the cemeteries which once existed within its limits. From 1914 through the 1940s, headstones and monuments of the dead were relocated to Colma, however the remains were not always moved. Unclaimed headstones were used for building sea walls, landfills and park gutters such as those found in Buena Vista Park.
Across the street from the park visitors will find 355 Buena Vista East, a notable building featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, known for its architectural beauty and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Although constructed in 1928 as a St. Joseph's Hospital, this building is now condominiums.
We hope you'll enjoy a stay at Buena Vista Park, less than a mile away from The Metro Hotel.
Walking Directions (about 7 minutes):
Depart Metro Hotel and take right down Divisadero, at the next block, take a right on Page Street, after 2 blocks take a left on Baker Street, the park is one block ahead.