Hike distance: 6.1 miles At 3,849ft, Mount Diablo is one of the Bay Area’s tallest mountains. In fact, the Plank Walk Trail is so easy and short that we’re going to recommend you start with the Verna Dunshee loop first.This trail gives you views of San Francisco, Northern Marin, and the East Bay, and is a full loop that’s only a little more than half a mile.When you arrive back at the parking lot, just get onto the Plank Walk, which is about a quarter of a mile and takes you all the way to the summit. As in, they’re great, but you’ll also see the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt.

(Sorry, couldn't help it.) Seriously though, while the views driving down Divisadero or standing at the top of Twin Peaks are undoubtedly breath-taking, with just a little effort -- like going on a 1 or 9 mile hike -- you can be rewarded with views that are so jaw-dropping, you’ll immediately feel better about the amount of money you spend on rent every month.

Plus, you’ll have something super pretty to Instagram. Hike distance: 4 miles At the northwestern corner of San Francisco, there’s a hike along cliffs that offers some of the most stunning views you can imagine.

The winding, but almost completely flat, coastal trail is well-maintained and easy enough that pretty much everyone can do it -- which means it can get pretty crowded on the weekend -- and provides views of the ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and China Beach.

as long as you think views of the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Golden Gate, and San Francisco skyline are amazing (and if you don't, we're concerned that you might be a robot programmed for joylessness).

In order to get to Angel Island, you’ll have to take the Blue and Gold Ferry, which departs from Pier 41 twice on weekdays and three times on the weekends (in other words: don’t miss it). It can get steep at times, so you want to wear shoes or hiking boots with good tread.

The first part of the hike is relatively easy, so pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the tables on the summit before you begin the rest of the 3.5-mile trek. The Grand Loop takes at least half a day, but ultimately provides a birds-eye view of the Bay Area, and, on a super clear day, you can even see the Farallon Islands, Sierra Nevadas, and Mt. And pack more water than you think you’ll need -- there’s not a lot of shade. Hike distance: 1.2 miles If you’re into gorgeous sunsets (which you are, unless you're the aforementioned joyless robot), the East Peak on Mount Tam is the place to be on a clear evening.

You’ll definitely earn that cold beer you order on the ferry ride home. At 2,570ft, it’s the highest point, and also super easy to get to.

While you’re there, you can also explore the ruins of Sutro Baths, learn about the steam train that used to carry passengers from Downtown to the baths, see the remains of three shipwrecks, and get plenty of awesome photos.

Bonus: at the end, you can reward yourself with a cocktail or a cold beer at the Cliff House.