Best Scenic Muni Route - 2009
We all have our favorite vista points, whether they're Crissy Field, China Beach, or the top of Lombard Street. We're partial to the accidental sightings we are routinely treated to in this hilly town, the casual glimpses of beauteous paradise that aren't tourist destination spots but suddenly appear as we're en route from one place to another. A multitude of those moments can be encountered on the 33 Stanyan, the underrated route connecting the Mission and Pacific Heights. Along the way, the bus goes through the Castro, curving under Twin Peaks with a breathtaking sequence of widescreen panoramas before rolling down through the Haight. It's all yours for just a buck and a half, without the obligatory tour guide's bored and annoying voice-over — unless, of course, you're inclined to download some clichéd spiel to your iPod for the trip. We prefer Ennio Morricone, Rufus Wainwright, and Jimi Hendrix, rolling south to north.