I love San Francisco. I was able to grow up in the Bay Area and this place means more to me than I ever thought possible. From the hustle culture to the one of kind shops and eating spots this is my favorite place in the world. And I genuinely mean that. The amount of cultures is endless. The foods is amazing. They say there’s no place like home. And when you grow up in a place like this I 100% agree. I love the Bay Area and I love San Francisco! So, here are 15 Instagrammable Places in San Francisco that you should not miss if you decide to check this place off your bucket list!
As local there are so many places you just don’t visit because you’re like “I’m a local.” And I must admit there were lots of places like that on this list for me at one point in time. But, that does not stop me now and it never will again! Do the touristy things because they’re fun! I tried to list places that you can do more than just go and look at for a minute and leave. But, I did make some honorable for those places at the end.
I also want to include a tip about pretty much any of these places. If Karl (the fog) is out to play than you are most likely SOL so, welcome to San Francisco you’re truly getting the local experience! Now to the most Instagrammable Places in San Francisco!
1. Sutro Baths
Sutro Baths is one of my favorite spots in the city especially for sunrise. It’s so peaceful. Assuming you go on a good day the winds will be minimal and there will be next to no tourists. The view of the ocean amazing. You can hike a little more into Lands End if you’d like or you can take a hike down to the actual baths. If you’re scared of birds i would definitely recommend not hiking the baths. But, my favorite thing to do is to walk across the baths and down to a little beach. It’s so quiet and secluded; you may run into a few fisherman but other than that it’s all yours.
2. Baker Beach
This is the beach with the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is another spot that is best at sunrise in my opinion at least. That’s mainly because sometimes the nude colonies like to go out and tan and play volleyball. And that is a true taste of San Francisco if you ask me. So, if you have gentler eyes go at sunrise. Hardly anyone will be there so parking will be easy. But, please bring a jacket because no matter the time of the year it will be cold.
3. Pier 39
A tourist must see! I’ve been coming here since I was little and you HAVE to get Trish’s mini donuts. The girls that get it get it and the girls that don’t don’t. Walk the pier, get some mini donuts, and be sure to say hi to the sea lions. I would walk all the way down to Fisherman’s wharf and be sure to grab some official sourdough from Boudin and clam chowder. YUM! If you have some extra time I would definitely recommend catching a cruise around the Bay. It’s actually so fun!
4. Lover’s Lane
A little hike to get to but once you’re there feel free to explore. This is just a cute spot for a photo op. I love taking couples here for our adventure sessions throughout the city. It’s just a quick pit stop on your way in or out of the Presidio.
5. Conservatory of Flowers
One of prettiest greenhouse’s I have ever been. This place is so cute! Great for a quick tour and a little history lesson which we love. Be sure to grab your tickets and check out other admission information here. Tickets are $10 per person and the audio book is $1.99. If you’re looking for a serene walk and to get out of the cold for a bit then this is your place.
6. Ocean Beach
I don’t know if this is my second or first favorite beach in San Francisco. The view of the beach coming down from Sutro Baths is insane and my favorite EVER. This beach truly shows how expansive the California coast is and if having a bonfire on the beach was on your bucket list then this is the place for you! I find such peace and happiness when I visit here especially in the early mornings. If you’re looking for clarity or just to have a picnic on the beach far away from others than this is the spot for you.
7. Fort Point
Talk about Instagrammable places in San Francisco. This view of the Golden Gate is definitely top tier. I love getting to people watch and honestly just stare at huge the bridge is because geez. If you’re feeling extra adventurous be sure to check out the fort and find your way to the top for even more epic views.
8. Palace of the Arts
I seriously can’t believe this place is meant to host productions like plays and art because the grounds are just that beautiful. Trust me all the structures look so small in pictures but huge in person. You can find this place bustling with couples, photographers, families, and tourists on pretty much any day of the week. But, don’t be discouraged by that. It’s definitely a stop and must see however, I would avoid the weekend if possible because those tourist buses do not play. And the tourists come in floods.
9. Golden Gate Bridge
I haven’t walked the Golden Gate Bridge since I was maybe 7. However, if you want a little exercise during your city adventure don’t be afraid to give it a go. I’m going to assume you’re on way to the bridge by highway 101 and you’ll want to take the exit right before you cross the bridge. There you’ll be able to park and walk the bridge if ya want! I would recommend this spot if Karl is out loud and proud. That was you can still get some cute pics with the bridge.
10. Pier 7
If we’re all for the photo ops then Pier 7 is a must. You’ve been warned after early morning this place is busy but if crowds don’t bother you then you’re good to go! The spot is cute and gives a great view of the Bay Bridge. It’s really close to pier 2 if you get a little hungry pop over there to grab a tasty treat. One of my favorite things is to take the ferry in from Jack London Square in Oakland and grab some food at Pier 2 and make my way over to Pier 7.
11. Crissy Fields
Right in the middle of the Presidio with great views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. This is not only a great place to see the bridge but an awesome picnic spot. There’s a little beach if you like the sand. And if you park near Crissy fields you can walk all the way to Fort Point If you’re feeling a little adventurous.
12. Marin Headlands
I guess this place isn’t technically in San Francisco. But, as a local I would be doing you a disservice if I did not mention it because I think this place has my ultimate favorite view of the Golden Gate bridge, the bay, and San Francisco. The windy might throw you through a loop but if you can on a clear day the wind won’t be the only thing blowing you away.
13. Treasure Island
This is island the you pass through if you’re driving over the Bay Bridge. Though there has been a lot of construction happening on this little island over the years. It has great views of San Francisco’s skyline and the Bay Bridge which make it a great place to grab a photo.
14. Twin Peaks
I think if I had to pick a spot that had an amazing view of just the city and the city only this would be the place. Watching sunrise or sunset here on a clear day just hits different. You can see the whole city and beyond. It’s a little far from what I would call the core of San Francisco but the view is insane.
15. Lands End
The 15th instagrammable spot in San Francisco that’s making the list. There’s a little bit of a hike to get to this one. But, you won’t be disappointed to see a little maze and view of the ocean. A great way to get some fresh air and be a little active.
There are so many Instagrammable places in San Francisco I want to give you all the highlights but not leave anything out ya the same time! I’ll keep this post mainly about sites and leave foodie spots for another post. But, here are some honorable mentions if you have the time on your trip I’d recommend checking them out too! These are more of a quick I saw and can leave if you ask me but spend your time how’d you like!
Painted Ladies – we know them we love them from full house. But, please be respectful because actual people do live there.
16th Ave Tiled Steps – honestly even more pretty in person! Again, these are in a neighborhood so, be mindful and respectful.
Mission Dolores Park – right in the mission and near an ice cream shop! This is a great place to really get the San Francisco vibe.
Bernal Heights Swing – parking is up a winding hillside road but if you want a cute picture on a swing that looks out onto the city that this place has got you covered.
Lombard Street – known for being the most “crooked street in SF”. It’s a photo op if you dare. But please be careful because cars really do come down the street.
Instagrammable Places in San Francisco
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