A Lofty Look at San Francisco

With nine Joie de Vivre properties throughout the city, we’re familiar with the ins and outs of San Francisco, from Eastern-inspired Hotel Kabuki in Japantown, to funky and friendly Hotel Del Sol in the Marina District, to  The Marker, a Beaux Arts oasis in Union Square.

But every now and then it’s important to step back and take a look at the bigger picture, so we teamed up with Della Huff, one of our favorite local photographers, to get a bird’s-eye view of the City by the Bay.

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Sure, you can drive to the top of Telegraph Hill (home to Coit Tower and a famous flock of parrots), but why not climb the stairs from Filbert or Greenwich Street and score a look at some of San Francisco’s most impressive hillside homes, plus get your cardio for the day.

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Boats and bridges crisscross the bay’s blue waters, and the summit of 3,848-foot Mount Diablo stands tall over in the East Bay. Can you spot the Cupid’s Span sculpture and the green rooftop terraces of Hotel Vitale?

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Looking down at Lombard Street, in all its twisty-turny glory.

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The Ferry Building and Market Street corridor glow as evening settles over the Embarcadero. (There’s Hotel Vitale again in the lower left!)

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No photo tour of San Francisco is complete without a glance at the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s worth the short trip (or ferry or bike ride) north to explore the rolling hills and breathtaking views of the Marin Headlands.

Based in San Francisco, Photographer Della Huff specializes in atmospheric landscape, cityscape, and travel photography worldwide with a focus on the West Coast. Having grown up in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Della has a passion for the awesome beauty of nature and the intersection of natural and urban landscapes. Follow her photogenic adventures on Instagram: @dellybean.