What’s the worst thing you could do on a trip to San Francisco?
Not eat good food. Duh.
But the 2nd WORST thing? Is leaving SF without any good photos.
San Francisco never fails to impress and is one of the most photogenic cities in the world.
If you’re a local living in San Francisco, chances are you’ve been to all these places and you’re super impressed.
But if you’re a tourist visiting for the first time, here are my top FIVE favorite spots that you can’t leave without Snapchatting… I mean Instagraming… I mean SEEING.
(and it’s all FREE-!!!)
Marin Headlands has one of the best viewpoints in the whole Bay Area! If you have a car, you should definitely take a drive across the bridge and head straight up here (or Uber).
What you’ll see: The Golden Gate bridge below you and breathtaking views of the city. If you come here during the summer… chances are, you’ll see Karl the Fog rolling in.
Fun Fact: If you drive all the way up to the top, you’ll find bunkers that were used to protect San Francisco from invasion during WWII.
PS: Bring a coat because it can get a little chilly and super windy.
This is one of the most iconic views of the city. And yes, you’re looking at the famous “Full House” houses (If you don’t what I’m talking about… Google it ASAP!)
What you’ll see: Painted Ladies with the SF skyline right behind it. (sorry, my macarons got in the way of the camera)
Tip: The park is nice for a picnic or to just hang out when you’ve been walking around all day. But if you’re on a time crunch, stop by for a quick photo… It’s worth it!
“Pier 14” AKA The Embarcadero/ Ferry Building area
Whenever people ask me where they should go in SF, I ALWAYS tell them to go to the Ferry Building (It’s like a food lover’s paradise). But that’s besides the point of this post. Come to Pier 14 for these beautiful shots.
What you’ll see: The newly built Bay Bridge, Cupid’s Span (the arrow), ferry boat going across the water, and people walking around with selfie sticks.
Foodie Tip: Walk to the Ferry Building: grab coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee, ice cream at Humphry’s Slocombe, clam chowder & grilled cheese at Hog Island Oyster Co. (<– PS: all of these things should be on your foodie list anyways!)
This is one of my favorite places in the city to catch the sunset. Nothing beats a relaxing stroll through Lands End with the Golden Gate Bridge as your backdrop. You want to reserve at least an hour to explore this place, because- trust me.
What you’ll see: Gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, the historic Sutro Baths and ruins, locals walking their dogs and couples enjoying the sunset.
No place does it better than Twin Peaks. There’s an almost epic feel to it as soon as you get of the car. Without a doubt, this is one of the best views of San Francisco, and it should be at the TOP of your list.
What you’ll see: TONS of tourists with selfie sticks. And of course, the city. It’s such a pretty spot to sit, relax, and admire the city lights.
PS: they also have bathrooms that clean themselves (<– I thought that was pretty cool lol)
I feel like this one of the most underrated spots in San Francisco because unless you’re a local, most tourists don’t really come here. But the views are insaneeee! For those of you who do make it to Bernal Heights- it’s worth it!
What you’ll see: A breathtaking city view, kite flyers, dog walkers, downtown SF and the gorgeous Bay Bridge in the background.
Foodie tip: Go to the famous Mitchells Ice Cream spot! It’s a MUST!
All of these photos were taken by Daniel Fabio (isn’t he sooo talented??). For more San Francisco pics, follow him on IG: @fvbio.xcv