Transamerica Pyramid
Transamerica Pyramid
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Located in downtown San Francisco, this building, shaped like a pyramid, is a well-known symbol of the city skyline.
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Neighborhood: Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
How to get there
  • Embarcadero • 7 min walk
  • Embarcadero • 8 min walk
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mini
Fremont, CA210,466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I visited the Transamerica Pyramid, which is a business building, and spent time at the Transamerica Pyramid Redwood Park.

The building was built in 1972 and was for a period of time the tallest building in San Francisco. With the recent high rise building going on in San Francisco, it has now been replaced by such building such as the Sales Force Building.
Written January 10, 2020
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Montreal_native
Edmonton, Canada1,558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We enjoyed walking around the building to look at it but unfortunately they don’t have an observation deck. We ended up finding a good view point if you walk east on Washington street towards the bay you’ll come across a pedestrian walk way about 2 blocks away. If you walk to the middle of the bridge you’ll get great views of the building. The walkway is actually called “Hinckley Walk” if looking for it on google maps.
Written March 11, 2020
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This pyramid like building is unmissable on the San Francisco skyline. This building often helps people identify the city because when seen in a photo or movie, people know that it is San Francisco indeed.

The building is visible from many spots which includes places on the Bay when one is on a ferry or boat. This building is an architectural masterpiece.

Munir D.
Written August 6, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,950 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is an iconic building in downtown San Francisco. It does look like a pyramid. It was very controversial for many years because of its radical design and height, but now is accepted and somewhat treasured. I have always liked it. Best seen from Columbus Avenue.
Written October 29, 2023
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Angela S
Castro Valley, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The most unique building in the City and a must-see attraction for anyone local or tourist. Best view, I think is from Jackson Square at Broadway and Montgomery St. Also a nice view farther west, from Nob Hill. I wish there was like a visitor centre inside and people were allowed to go up to the top and look out over SF, like at Coit Tower, but there is not. But it is a very lovely building unlike any other in San Francisco or other cities. And if you're in another part of the City and unsure how to get back downtown to BART/FiDi/Embarcadero/SoMa, etc. just follow the Pyramid and you will get there.
Written January 14, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,950 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It's amazing how this unusual skyscraper has gone from something hated to a much-beloved icon. Maybe it's because the more recent skyscrapers are so uninspired. And now it is eclipsed by Salesforce. Come and look and visit the redwood park at the base.
Written January 23, 2020
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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt862 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
One of the most recognizable buildings in San Francisco. In my opinion not particularly pretty, but worth a look! It does have a lot of history though and was once the tallest building in San Francisco. I walked over from the Embarcadero and the Ferry Building. That's the easiest way to reach here.
Written January 13, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,950 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Still iconic, even though it is now surrounded by taller buildings and there are more all the time. From the right viewpoint, it does emerge as a landmark. Once daring architecture, now it looks sort of ordinary. Some new venues are proposed for the interior.
Written August 6, 2022
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W H
Los Angeles, CA1,130 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
The Transamerica pyramid is an iconic SF symbol & part of the skyline. At the end of the day, it is a building and not necessarily a tourist attraction. The building can be seen from many vantage points throughout the city. The building is located in the financial district and during work hours, can be crowded with people working in the area & pretty quiet on the weekends. Most of the shops along the way will be closed on the weekends.

The pictures I uploaded were taken along Montgomery St. Along this street, you can get to the base of the building which is on the cusp of Chinatown. After going further up on Montgomery (after Jackson square area), you can have the distant view of the building and the SF skyline. The walk along Montgomery for taking close up pictures & the distant view should be about 30 minutes of walking.
Written July 17, 2017
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Afflick67
Warwickshire, UK320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
We were very fortunate to go on an escorted tour up to the observation deck of this fine building.

Wow.

Very, very impressive with excellent panoramic views of San Francisco, Alcatraz and Oakland.

Brilliant.
Written September 22, 2011
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