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11 Venues with Great Views for Your Next Event

These spaces have breathtaking views of San Francisco, making them popular choices with meeting and event planners.

When it comes to scenic beauty, few cities can compete with San Francisco. Whether gazing on the natural wonder of Twin Peaks or the man-made skyline of downtown, San Francisco is a feast for the eyes. These 10 venues are not only great places for your next meeting, but also some of the best places to snap a beautiful photo, as evidenced by the Instagram selections we've included.

Take a look and then tell us about your next meeting. Our team is ready to help you make it an event to remember!

The Exploratorium (Pier 15, The Embarcadero)


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With more than 600 hands-on exhibits, the Exploratorium is regarded as one of the world’s foremost interactive science museums. Don't forget that the stunning views of the bay available to you from anywhere on Pier 15 are just as stimulating!

Hotel Vitale (8 Mission St.)


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We think that the views from Hotel Vitale are gorgeous any night of the year, though those New Year's fireworks must have been quite a sight. Close to the Ferry Building, Oracle Park, and more, Hotel Vitale is one of the Embarcadero's finest.

CityScape Lounge at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square (333 O'Farrell St.)

From the 46th floor of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, CityScape Lounge offers unprecedented views of the San Francisco skyline and the shining lights beyond. Sunsets are equally dramatic, and pair well with the cocktail of your choosing.

The View Lounge at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (780 Mission St.)


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You'll really feel on top of the world gazing out the massive windows of The View Lounge. Inside the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, this classy SoMa staple offers tremendous views of the city as it spreads out below.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins (999 California St.)


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This legendary Nob Hill establishment sits at the crest of California Street, with a virtually unobstructed, 360-degree view of the entire city. Top of the Mark is in the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, itself a major landmark and part of our Neighborhood Network Connections program for meeting planners.

The Grand Hyatt San Francisco (345 Stockton St.)

The views from the 36th floor of this Union Square hotel really put the "grand" in Grand Hyatt. Its central location and luxurious amenities are just icing on the cake.

Greens Restaurant (Fort Mason, Building A, 2 Marina Boulevard)

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If heights aren't your thing, consider Greens Restaurant at Fort Mason. This fantastic eatery is at sea level and gives diners a beautiful outlook onto the nearby marina.

Hornblower Cruises & Events (Pier 3, The Embarcadero)

If one view is simply not enough, consider a Hornblower Cruise. Their fleet of ships travel around the bay, giving passengers unique and breathtaking views of San Francisco, the East Bay, and both of the city's famous bridges. And they do private events!

California Spirit

For an even more intimate experience on the water, consider the California Spirit, one of three luxury yachts owned by Giants Enterprises. Docked beside Oracle Park, the California Spirit can whisk your group right from an exciting Giants game onto the stunning expanse of San Francisco Bay.

Alcatraz (Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area)

 Did you know your best view of San Francisco might be from its most famous landmark? Getting outside on Alcatraz Island will give you a full view of the north side of the city, as well as the many waterfront towns of Marin County.

Cavallo Point Lodge (601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito)


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Looking for a great view outside the city? When you visit the Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge rises dramatically into view. Meet here and soak up the beauty of this Marin County must-see.

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