Best Place for an Afternoon Stroll

Mountain View Cemetery

Despite the spooky overtones, the Mountain View Cemetery is a beautiful spot to stroll on a sunny afternoon, attracting families with strollers and dogs, amateur photographers, and exercise enthusiasts looking for an interesting view to go with their uphill climb. The cemetery at the top of Piedmont Avenue might look small from outside its iron gates, but inside there are 226 acres of rolling hills and winding pathways that lead to mausoleums, obelisks, and tombstones. At the very top, on a clear day, you can see the San Francisco skyline across the bay. Built in 1863 and designed by Frederick Law Olmsted — who also designed New York City's Central Park — the cemetery houses some historic figures, including Domingo Ghirardelli, founder of the chocolate empire; Julia Morgan, the well-known architect who designed Hearst Castle; Henry Kaiser, the founder of Kaiser Permanente; and Elizabeth Short, aka "The Black Dahlia," whose unsolved murder rocked Hollywood in 1947.

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