best 15 views in San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a beautiful city with many views of the bay, bridges, and Golden Gate Park. However, to get the most out of your visit to this marvelous place, you must know where to go for the best views.  

Below are 15 of the best San Francisco California has to offer.

1. Golden Gate Bridge at night

Golden Gate Bridge

The first place I would want anyone to visit is the golden gates bridge. It starts at the baker barry tunnel and ends at the lincoln blvd.

The Golden Gate Bridge is probably one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. No visit to San Francisco would be complete without seeing this unique structure at sunrise, sunset, or night.

2. Golden Gate Bridge from the Legion of Honor

Golden Gate Bridge end side

The Legion of Honor is a must-see museum with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline from across the water in Lincoln Park.

3. Alcatraz at sunset

 Alcatraz at sunset

Alcatraz Island has been a popular destination for tourists since it opened as a park in 1973. While most people visit to see the infamous prison, few know there are fantastic views from behind Alcatraz once you cross over to this side of San Francisco Bay.

4. Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Treasure Island is an artificial strip of land offshore from downtown San Francisco that can be easily viewed from many locations around the area. Still, none offer as good a view as watching it come into view as your approach the Bay Bridge.

5. Coit Tower at night

 Coit Tower at night

Coit Tower in San Francisco’s most recognized landmark around the bay area. To appreciate it, you must see it lit up with its white tower lights at night.

6. Ferry Building on a foggy day

Ferry Building on a foggy day

The Ferry building is one of San Francisco’s architectural treasures located right on the Embarcadero near Pier 39 and AT&T Park, where thousands of people come to visit this popular destination every day, but be sure you go there on a day when there are some thick clouds in the sky since this will make for some beautiful images off in the distance!

7. Lombard Street at Sunset

Lombard Street at Sunset

Sometimes referred to as “the most crooked street in the world,” Lombard Street is a popular destination for tourists and locals since it offers spectacular views of downtown San Francisco, The Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz.

8. Painted Ladies at Sunset

 Painted Ladies at Sunset

The Painted Ladies are a row of historic Victorian homes located on Steiner Street in Alamo Square Park. This is one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist destinations and can be viewed from several different angles and spots around the city!

9. City Hall at Night

City Hall at Night

City Hall was built between 1912 to 1915 and featured architectural details that make it stand out as an example of Beaux-Arts architecture found mainly in Europe. Be sure you visit City Hall after dark when it lights up the downtown San Francisco skyline.

10. Cupertino Electric Building at Night

 Cupertino Electric Building at Night

The Cupertino Electric Building is a one-of-a-kind electric tower that has been lighting up the night skies in the Cupertino area for more than 80 years! You can’t miss it when you are driving down highway 280 at night with its unique blue and green lights illuminating this historic building.

11. Sutro Bath Ruins at Sunset

Sutro Bath Ruins at Sunset

The Sutro Baths were once the most popular destination in San Francisco, but now it is nothing more than ruins offshore from Lands End. To appreciate what was once here, you must visit after dark when there are no crowds or loud tourists around to get great photos of the ruins and in front of a beautiful setting sun!

12. Alcatraz from Baker Beach at Sunset

 Alcatraz from Baker Beach at Sunset

Baker Beach is the most popular destination for nude sunbathers, so why not include it on your list when you visit San Francisco and get some great photos of Alcatraz Island in front of a beautiful sunset backdrop.

13. Palace of Fine Arts at Night

 Alcatraz from Baker Beach at Sunset

The Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and has been replicated in many cities worldwide. Still, there is nothing like seeing this excellent structure after dark with all its lights on, showing this architectural masterpiece to visitors and locals alike that come to see it every night!

14. Bay Bridge by day or night

Bay Bridge by day or night

The Bay Bridge connects San Francisco to Oakland. It has been a popular destination for both locals and tourists since it was built in the 1930s due to its spectacular views of the East Bay area, but you can’t go wrong with watching this majestic structure light up during the day or night.

15. Ferry Building at Night

Ferry Building at Night

The Ferry building lights up the Embarcadero every night and is one of the most recognizable structures in all of San Francisco, so be sure to visit it after dark when all its lights come alive!


So now that you have 15 great places to visit in San Francisco to take that perfect photo, don’t wait any longer and make your way out to this beautiful city before your next sunset because it won’t be long until everyone else finds about the most outstanding photo spots in San Francisco! I hope this article will inspire people who enjoy photography or look for something unique for their bucket list.

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