Throngs head to the City by the Bay for its vibrant cultural mix, upscale boutiques and restaurants, and, of course, iconic views. The Golden Gate Bridge, rows of Victorian Painted Ladies, and cable cars running the hilly streets set the scene for a vibrant and friendly coastal city. Read on for the best places to take photos in San Francisco.

Baker Beach

For postcard-worthy sunsets and iconic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, there is no better place than Baker Beach. With no entrance or parking fees and insanely beautiful views, Baker Beach is one of the best places for a breathtakingly beautiful stroll in San Francisco.

Crissy Field

Once an abandoned military airfield, Crissy Field is now home to some of San Francisco’s most picturesque views, with panoramic views of Golden Gate Bridge backed by the Marin Headlands and, of course, those gorgeous bay views. Plenty of open spaces, from beaches to hiking and cycling trails make this a popular recreation spot for visitors and locals alike.

Palace of Fine Arts

Get lost among the stately columns of the stunning Palace of Fine Arts monument, inspired by Ancient Roman and Greek architecture. Originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, this grand building exudes pure romance.

Pier 7

This picturesque little pier on the Embarcadero is the perfect spot for photos of the San Francisco Bay. Perched upon Pier 7, take in views of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. Stop at one of the many benches that line the pier for  a  picnic or a quiet moment to take in the views.


See why San Francisco is called “The City by the Bay” at Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront along the San Francisco Bay. Be sure to check out the iconic clock tower, the 1898 Ferry Building, and the gorgeous views over the bay.

Ghirardelli Square

The bustling Ghirardelli Square, located in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf area, is jam-packed with shops, restaurants, and, of course, one of the famous chocolate manufacturer’s most well-known shops. Catch one of San Francisco’s iconic street cars on the Powell-Hyde line, just one block east of Ghirardelli Square.