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Cityscape Pictures from Top of the Mark, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco

Updated on October 14, 2017
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San Francisco scenery viewed from Top of the Mark.
San Francisco scenery viewed from Top of the Mark. | Source

San Francisco Tourism

My husband and I have enjoyed being a tourist in San Francisco, California while on our way to or from the wine country several times. My husband had traveled to that "City by the Bay" on several occasions but wanted me to see some highlights on my very first visit.

So while we were staying at the beautiful Huntington Hotel he made sure that we walked over to the Mark Hopkins Hotel and went up to their lounge called Top of the Mark for a drink while it was still daylight. That is where I was able to take these skyline pictures shown here.

The scenery as viewed from the highest point in all of San Francisco atop Nob Hill if the day is bright and clear as it was at the time of our visit is nothing short of stupendous.

We would later be visiting many of the places that were within view from a closeup perspective...places like Chinatown, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco Bay and elsewhere.

But for a bird's eye view of this fabulous city, head on over to the Top of the Mark if you find yourself in San Francisco on vacation and wish to see things from this lofty and elevated perspective.

View from Top of the Mark looking out towards San Francisco Bay.
View from Top of the Mark looking out towards San Francisco Bay. | Source

Mark Hopkins

Here is a little background information on the name of this hotel.

Mark Hopkins, Jr. had the heart and soul of a true entrepreneur. He did a number of jobs and started numerous businesses. He experienced everything from

  • being a clerk in a post office in the early days
  • to studying law,
  • being a bookkeeper,
  • investing in a company which delivered goods from the east to the west during California's Gold Rush days,
  • opening a wholesale grocery
  • and he also started a hardware and iron company.

Some of these things were more successful than others, but experiences along the way led him to the ultimate accomplishment. Hopkins and 3 others (commonly referred to as "The Big Four") were the investors in the Central Pacific Railroad started in 1861.

Particularly in those early days of the 19th century, railroads were responsible for opening up new areas of the country and delivering people as well as supplies in easier fashion to the frontier and already settled places.

This resulted in "The Big Four" (Mark Hopkins, Jr., Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Collis Huntington) ultimately becoming very wealthy men.

My husband appears comfortably and happily seated in the Top of the Mark lounge.
My husband appears comfortably and happily seated in the Top of the Mark lounge. | Source

Mark Hopkins Hotel San Francisco

The location of this hotel which is now a part of the Intercontinental chain of luxury hotels sits on the same spot of land where a mansion built by Mark Hopkins, Jr. once stood.

Unfortunately the Hopkin's mansion did not survive a raging fire which occurred after the significant California earthquake of 1906.

This Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco hotel has now been in business since 1926.

It is a beauty just judging from the lobby and the lounge at the top and a few other public areas that my husband and I explored.

History at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins told by the chief concierge.

Top of the Mark

We did enjoy a drink and the ambiance inside the Top of the Mark. But the prime reason for our particular visit was getting to see the fabulous panoramic views and being able to take these skyline pictures.

One Person's Video Taken at the Top of the Mark

Had we been there a little later in the day and gotten to see the twinkling lights of the city, that also would have been a wonderful sight to behold. Of that I am certain. But my husband and I had other things on our planned agenda.

The Top of the Mark has wonderful live music and is a great place for dancing.

Dancing at night - Top of the Mark

How many wedding proposals have taken place there over the years?

Many would be my guess!

Panoramic views of San Francisco from the Top of the Mark.
Panoramic views of San Francisco from the Top of the Mark. | Source

San Francisco Views

The picture below shows the Hotel Huntington on the left where my husband and I were staying during this visit. The green space in front of the hotel is Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral is situated just beyond the park.

Large hotel on the left is the Huntington with Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral also within view from Top of the Mark.
Large hotel on the left is the Huntington with Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral also within view from Top of the Mark. | Source

Skyline Pictures

An iconic building in the San Francisco skyline is the Transamerica Pyramid pictured below. It is centered in the Financial District and at the time of its completion in 1972 was one of the five tallest buildings in the world! It once housed the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, thus its name.

With crushed quartz on its exterior, it shines brightly against the blue sky and lapping waters of San Francisco Bay lying just beyond.

It is such a recognizable building that the Transamerica Pyramid has definitely become associated with San Francisco just like the Golden Gate Bridge.

Transamerica Pyramid from Top of the Mark

The tall pyramidal shaped building is called the Transamerica Pyramid and is an iconic building in San Francisco.
The tall pyramidal shaped building is called the Transamerica Pyramid and is an iconic building in San Francisco. | Source

Cityscapes

Below are a couple more city-scape photos taken while walking around the Top of the Mark lounge in the Mark Hopkins San Francisco hotel.

If my husband and I return to San Francisco it would be fun to return there and take skyline pictures at night. We did also enjoy a drink up there while viewing the mesmerizing scenery below and planning our days of vacation that were ahead of us.

Be sure and visit the Top of the Mark if you get a chance. Be sure to take your camera!

Cityscapes from Top of the Mark in San Francisco
Cityscapes from Top of the Mark in San Francisco | Source
Cityscapes from Top of the Mark in San Francisco
Cityscapes from Top of the Mark in San Francisco | Source

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Location of Top of the Mark

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Location of Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco Hotel.:
1 Nob Hl, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      So glad you liked this article regarding that hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco. The views are terrific from the Top of the Mark! Thanks for the shares. :)

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to pin this excellent article to my 'Travel' board and also posted it on FB. Sharing again with my followers too.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello brownella,

      Whenever you make it to San Francisco...and the west coast of the U.S. for that matter, am sure that you will be impressed. There is so much beauty in that part of our country. Nice that you get to do a lot of traveling abroad! Thanks for your comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vandynegl,

      Some people don't realize the vast distances across America. Many people who live in Western Europe go from country to country and think nothing about it. It would be like going to adjoining states...depending upon how big our U.S. states are in size. It can take an entire day or more of driving just to get out of the state of Texas depending upon where one starts and where one is headed! Perhaps someday you will have a chance to go to the opposite side of the country and get to visit San Francisco. In the meantime, glad that this hub gave you a peek at what is there by way of skyline photos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Too bad that you were unable to visit San Francisco when you lived only a couple of hours away from it. Perhaps someday you will be able to see this fabulous "City by the Bay." We have truly enjoyed our visits there and as you know, there is so much to see and do while there. Appreciate your visit, votes, 5 star rating and the share.

    • brownella profile image

      brownella 

      5 years ago from New England

      Great hub :) I travel a lot abroad but sadly still have yet to see most of the western US. San Francisco is on my list though. Loved the pictures, thanks for sharing.

    • vandynegl profile image

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Voted up! Very useful information AND beautiful pictures! I would love to see San Francisco! We are on the other side of the country though! Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting history lesson and beautiful photos as you always provide. Anyone planning a summer vacation should take a look at this hub too. Even though I lived only a couple of hours from San Francisco, I never got to visit there. Looks like there are a lot of things to experience there. Voted up, BUI, and will share! Oh yes, and 5 more stars . . . :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello AllSuretyBonds,

      The Top of the Mark in San Francisco is definitely worth a trip to get to see the surrounding scenery from that height. The lounge is also a great place to relax and have a bite to eat or a drink. Thanks for your comment.

    • AllSuretyBonds profile image

      AllSuretyBonds 

      6 years ago

      Someday when I am in San Francisco I would love to visit the Top of the Mark. It seems like a great would be a great place to go.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      I agree with you. San Francisco is great and I would also enjoy another visit in the future. Thanks for the comment.

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      loveroflife 

      7 years ago

      I have not been to San Francisco for several years. Your hub was a great reminder of a great city to visit.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      By all means move San Francisco to the top part of your bucket list. It will never disappoint. Glad to hear that you enjoyed these skyline pictures taken from the Top of the Mark. Thanks for your comment.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Your photographs are fantastic! And yes, your husband looks quite comfy sitting in the Top of the Mark.

      San Francisco is surely a beautiful city. I've not been there but it is on my bucket list. Thank you for this treasure of a Hub. Wonderful!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You are most welcome Hello, hello. Seeing San Francisco high up from that perspective was a treat. Happy to be able to share these skyline pictures with you and others. Thanks for your comment.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      That is a wonderful hub and thank you fro showing me around.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi susannah,

      You and me both! San Francisco will hopefully be seen by both of us again sooner rather than later. :-)

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      susannah42 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I haven't been to San Francisco in quite a while. This makes me want to go back.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      San Francisco is a beautiful place to visit. Hope you can see it for yourself someday. Thanks for your comment and many blessings to you.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was amazing. I wish I can visit this place someday. Again, you never cease to amaze me. Well done, Peggy. I give my vote special for you. Cheers....

      love and peace,

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om Paramapoonya,

      Like you, I love what we have gotten to see and do while in San Francisco. Hope we get back out there someday for another vacation. Thanks for your comment on these skyline pictures taken in the Mark Hopkins Top of the Mark.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Awesome! It was a fun read, and the pics are gorgeous. So far San Francisco is the coolest city I've ever visited. :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi AliciaC,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed these skyline pictures of San Francisco. Maybe if you return to San Francisco you will have some extra time to go up to the Top of the Mark and see these views in person. I've been there three times and there are still many things that I have not seen. Would love to return someday! Thanks for your comment.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've been to San Francisco once but didn't visit such a high viewpoint as you did on your trip. Your hub is very interesting - I enjoyed the descriptions, the photos and the videos!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      It truly was a thrill to see San Francisco from the Top of the Mark in the Mark Hopkins hotel. Hope that you get to take your own skyline pictures of San Francisco someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      The photos and videos are really lovely of San Francisco. The cityscape is really fantastic. I would love to be thrilled by the Top of the Mark. Another great hub.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Simone,

      So happy that you liked this hub about San Francisco as viewed from the Top of the Mark. Such a beautiful city! Thanks for your comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Genna East,

      Oh lucky you if they have extra room for visitors! I can see why San Francisco would be your favorite city. Thanks for commenting on this Skyline Pictures hub from Top of the Mark.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      What lovely photos, and what a beautiful Hub! Thanks so much for creating it!

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      My sister and her husband live in SF, and it's my favorite city. Great hub!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi suziecat7,

      Agreed! We have loved what we have gotten to see of San Francisco on different visits out that way. Have you seen it from the Top of the Mark?

      Thanks for your comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Isn't San Francisco great! It is worth a trip to the Top of the Mark in the Mark Hopkins San Francisco just to be able to see and take skyline pictures like this. Thanks for your comment.

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      suziecat7 

      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I live in San Francisco for many years. The city has changed a lot since then but it is still one of the best cities in the world. Great Hub.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have visited San Francisco but not been to the Top of the Mark. Your pictures are great. Very interesting hub.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      San Francisco is a gorgeous city with much to see and do and with a flavor all its own. Glad you liked these skyline pictures taken from the Top of the Mark from the Mark Hopkins hotel. The day was bright and beautiful facilitating the taking of these photos. Thanks for your speedy comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've never been to San Francisco.It is old and historic and would be nice to visit but it will have to be added to my wish list.Nice Cityscapes.

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