At my northern California college, there was an overlook where you could “see the lights of San Francisco”.
Not sure you could really see The City and I doubt anyone cared. This location was dark, kind of quiet and known at the college as a place to “park”.
It may have been a few years since you “parked”. Do you remember how? Maybe you don’t know the local spots. I’ll bet you could probably find such a place nearby.
Find such a “parking” spot. Invite your sweetheart to watch the submarine races from there next Saturday night. That’ll peak her/his interest. (Is that a smirk on your face?) Robert