AAA Editor Notes
Transamerica Pyramid is at 600 Montgomery St. Completed in 1972 and still San Francisco's tallest building, this 48-story skyscraper also is the city's most iconic due to its four-sided, needle-like pyramidal shape. The spire makes up the top 212 feet. The exterior is covered with crushed quartz, giving the building its bright white color.
An observation deck on the 27th floor was closed following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but on the wall just outside the Point of Interest gift shop (on the Clay Street entrance side) visitors can watch a “camera view from the top” live video showing different views of the city from the vantage point of the summit. Inside the gift shop a 10-minute video about the building's history is shown.
Relax on one of the benches at adjacent Transamerica Redwood Park, where redwood trees (tall, but still dwarfed by the pyramid) offer shade and greenery, and a frog sculpture fountain provides a soothing backdrop of cascading water. This is a favorite spot for stressed-out office workers to retreat and grab a few quiet moments.