Not even gonna lie, there are Instagrammable spots in basically every corner you go when you are in the Bay Area, even with the excessive amounts of foggy weather. When I arrived, I instantly became jealous of the SF bloggers who get to shoot content here everyday! I swear the whole city is like a huge instagram feed, so many different stunning views then what I get everyday in LA.
For Labor Day this year, my boyfriend and friends headed out on a three-day trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley. We did two days in SF and one day visiting the wineries in Napa. You can read all about my first time in Napa Valley here.
Many of you might not know that I was actually born in San Francisco and lived there until I was almost four years old. My parents decided to move my sister and I to a suburb in Chicago so we would grow up knowing our extended family. Apparently I kept asking "Why did you move us away from the palm trees.?" So yes, I was destined to move back to California one day :)
Are you headed on a trip to San Francisco soon? I'm always looking for the best Instagram worthy spots to visit on any trip I go to. I made it to most of the spots on my list on my last trip, but I can't wait to do the rest when I return.
Check out my 7 favorite instagrammable spots in SF that you need to visit on your next trip! You can easily do these in 1 or 2 days in the Bay Area.
Golden Gate Bridge
When you think of San Francisco, The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the first spot that comes to mind. The Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 and isn’t painted in gold because the “Golden Gate” actually refers to the Golden Gate Strait – where the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean meet. This magical bridge was painted orange because that is the color to make it stand out in the sky and water. It even stands out when the weather is foggy!
You can see the Golden Gate Bridge from many different locations, but we preferred Marin Headlands. The Marin Headlands is the hilly peninsula on the border of Marin County and San Francisco, with many trails leading to the breathtaking views of the bridge.
Golden Gate Park
The best photo spots in the park are at the Camelia garden, the San Francisco Botantical Garden, Strybing Arboretum and the Conservatory of Flowers.
The Painted Ladies
All of San Francisco's homes we saw all around are so beautiful. You could take a picture in front of any and have an aestic background. The most famous brightly colored row of houses are the Painted Ladies at Alamo Sqaure. They will built between 1892 and 1896. One of the homes is from the Full House TV show! I highly recommend bringing a picnic lunch here and eating in the grass in front of the houses.
Lombard Street is named the "crookedest street in the world," with eight sharp turns downwards surrounded by gorgeous homes and flowers.
We drove through it and then parked to walk back up it for pictures. If you go to the highest part of the street you may see San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower.
The Palace of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is a beautiful building constructed in 1915 with the purpose of exhibiting works of art. The rotunda and colonnades are surrounded by a gorgeous lagoon with wildlife making it one of the best spots to take a picture.
Bernal Heights is a 1-mile loop trail that leads up to a hill where you get 360-degree panorama views of San Francisco. There once was a swing up here where you could get even better pictures, but we were told it was taken down when we visited here in September. If you want a gorgeous outdoor hike and scenic views all in one spot...don't miss Bernal Heights! Parking is super easy at the bottom and you'll see a lot of locals with dogs and tourists here.
The Twin Peaks were called "Los Pechos de la Choca' meaning Breasts of the Maiden at first. This is a very famous tourist attraction where you will see some of the best views of San Francisco. .
Other tourist spots you don't want to miss are Haight and Ashbury, Union Square, Ghirardelli Square, and Fisherman's Wharf.