San Francisco is a beautiful city known for its incredible scenery, historic landmarks and picture perfect vistas. As someone who’s always on the lookout of the most photogenic places to get content, this is an iconic city that never ceases to impress the camera! There are countless places to get the best Instagrammable shots in the city.
From the classic Painted Ladies to the stunning vantage point at Twin Peaks, here are 10 of the most Instagrammable spots in San Francisco.
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1. Fort Point National Historical Site
The vantage point of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Fort Point National Historical Site is outstanding, as well as, one of the most Instagrammable views of the bridge. The brick masonry of the fort, the sparkling blue bay and the bold red Golden Gate Bridge make for a show stopping view.
2. Painted Ladies
The Painted Ladies in Alamo Square is one of the most photographed sights in San Francisco. The colorful houses are arguably best known for where the Tanner family of “Full House” lived. They’re simply stunning Victorian homes that are undeniably photogenic from any vantage point.
3. Palace of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts is a gorgeous structure originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition. Today it’s one of the prettiest places to take pictures at, thanks to its Greco-Roman rotunda and colonnades, immaculately curated grounds, swan and duck-filled lagoon, lush scenery and more.
4. Mission Dolores Park
The vibrant Dolores Park is a 16 acre park within the diverse neighborhood of the Mission District. It’s home to great bars, restaurants and boutique shops. The park features green lawns, tall palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, one basketball court, a playground, and two off-leash dog play areas. It’s home to cultural events, festivals and is much guaranteed to be packed on any sunny day. Enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond.
5. Pier 39
Pier 39 is the ultimate tourist attraction that features countless Instagrammable moments. From the famous Pier 39 sea lions to the handcrafted and hand-painted, intricately designed carousel to the unparalleled views of Alcatraz and beyond, there’s tons to do and see.
6. Golden Gate Overlook
The Golden Gate Overlook is a “can’t miss” view in San Francisco. The iconic bridge’s twin towers are framed between two enormous Cypress trees making for an unreal photo. This scenic vista point and the nearby Pacific Overlook originated in 2012 to honor the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
7. Conservatory of Flowers
The Conservatory of Flowers is a stunning, white greenhouse and botanical garden. It’s home to a vast collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park. The Victorian architecture is a sight to see from the outside. Inside is a lush jungle that’s guaranteed to make for unique Instagrammable shots.
8. Cable Cars
Riding a cable car is a quintessential San Francisco experience. Out of the three lines, the Powell-Hyde cable car route arguably has the most stunning views. It starts where the Powell-Mason cable car line begins and ends near Ghirardelli Square, making way for amazing views of the bay and Alcatraz.
9. Umbrella Alley
Located in picturesque Aquatic Park nearby Fisherman’s Wharf is Umbrella Alley, a place made for Instagrammable shots. This warehouse features bright, colorful and interactive murals that make for ideal Instagram friendly backdrop for your San Francisco photos.
10. Twin Peaks
At 922 feet in elevation, Twin Peaks offers outstanding 360 degree views of the entire Bay Area. This includes views of the Golden Gate bridge and the bay, all the way down Market Street, past the East Bay, the ocean and more. You can see the entire skyline in all its glory!