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Where to Take the Perfect San Francisco Instagram Photo Like a Pro!

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Best Photography Spots in San Francisco

Explore the city like a local pro photographer. Here are the best spots to take beautiful photos of San Francisco.

 
 
 
 
 

BATTERY SPENCER

 
 
 
 
 
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Why It’s Worth It

Battery Spencer sits atop of a hill across the Bay, making it the perfect vantage point to get Golden Gate Bridge and The City of San Francisco in one Photo.

This is an ideal spot for sunrise photographs, and gets pretty packed around sunset. Early mornings are perfect time to get the area all to yourself.

 
 
 
 
 
 

LOEWS REGENCY HOTEL TERRACE

 
 
 
 
 
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Why It’s Worth It

Loews Regency Hotel is one of the very few hotels with rooftop terrace open to the public. You can visit the terrace for a happy hour drink and capture the stunning sunset views.

 
 
 
 
 
 

HORSESHOE BAY

 
 
 
 
 
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Why It’s Worth It

Located across the Bay on the Marin side, Horseshoe Bay offers sweeping views of the city skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. You can comfortably drive over and enjoy the beautiful views of the bridge in the comfort of your car.

This is also the perfect spot to take photos of your car with the bridge in the background.

 
 
 
 
 
 

GOLDEN GATE OVERLOOK

 
 
 
 
 
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Why It’s Worth It

Find plenty of parking lots here. Golden Gate Overlook area has a few spots to photograph the bridge from different angles. In particular, the shot most people want to get is the straight on one. You will also find a few trees you can use to frame your photograph.

 
 
 
 
 
 

PALACE OF FINE ARTS

 
 
 
 
 
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Why It’s Worth It

Palace of Fine Arts is the ultimate wedding and prom photography destinations. With its beautiful majestic arches, and soft neutral tones, it is the perfect backdrop for portrait photography. The white swans parading around the surrounding lake make perfect models too.

Many people come here for a picnic and to bask in the sun. Once the sunset arrives, the entire place fills up with the most beautiful golden light.

 
 
 
 
 
 

FORT POINT

 
 
 
 
 
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Why It’s Worth It

Fort Point sits right at the bottom of the bridge offering stunning views. This is another popular touristy spot for photos and sightseeing. If you come here during the winter months, expect to see dare devil surfers catching waves just under the bridge.

 
 
 
 
 
 

CLASSIC CABLE CAR SPOTS

 
 
 
 
 
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Why It’s Worth It

Photographing the iconic San Francisco cable cars is even more fun than riding them. To get the perfect shot you’ll want to find a place where they are going up or down a very steep hill. These 3 location are the most favorite ones amongst local photographers.

 

Best PHoto Locations

  • California St & Mason St

  • Hyde St & Green St

  • California St & Larkin

 

Photos of San Francisco Cable Cars