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
here is a cool drone vid of the completed Dolores Park….
FYI….Dolores Park was Finally Finished in 2016
Here is a cool drone footage of the park..
I needed this for my upcoming trip to SF. Been many time but never photograph much. Thank you so much.
I LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEE THIS POST!!! Makes me wanna go back to SF again! Bernal Heights looks breathtaking!!! And yes I started following Daniel from looking at all your photos on Instagram, he is genius with lights! :0
Where are the stairs at Marin Headlands at?
Drive all way to the top! It’s on the other side through the tunnel. You can’t miss it!
Everyone of these are amazing shots, and simply breathtaking! The first picture with karl the fog rolling in through the Golden Gate Bridge must have been a sight to see!
Thank you! It really was :)
Love this! Being from the bay, I’ve actually never visited too many of the spots. Will have to scout them out next time I visit :) Thanks for the awesome list!
I used to always take SF for granted back in the day! But now, I appreciate these things so much more! We should get together next time you’re in town :)
All great picks! Have you been to the Top of the Mark? Great views of the city while at the bar!
Yah, I love it there! I always bring my friends when they visit.
I thought the Headlands was incredible in real life! The views were breathtaking and I was lucky enough to see the fog that day. It really was a sight to see.
Yeah, I totally agree! It’s truly is one of my favorite spots :)
I’ve got 4 of those shots, but my pictures don’t look nearly as good as yours! That macaron picture is just perfect haha
Thanks so much :)
Saving this post for this coming holiday. Going on a scavenger hunt when I go to SF and I want that exact picture from Bernal Heights! So cool!
Hope you have a great time! :)
Fantastic and beautiful post! I used to live in San Francisco and loved every single one of these places. I would have added Dolores Park to the list, but that park has never been the same anymore with all the construction going on.
Thank you! And I totally agree with you about Dolores Park, the construction has been going on forever!