Best Places to Photograph the Golden Gate Bridge

Best Places to Photograph the Golden Gate Bridge

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Where are the best places to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge, you ask?  After living in the San Francisco Bay Area for a year and a half (boy, time does go by quickly!), I’ve managed to see the famed Golden Gate Bridge from a variety of angles.  And let me tell you, that things a beauty no matter where you’re standing.  There are, however, quite a few favorite spots amongst locals and tourists alike to view the Golden Gate Bridge.

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I’m a sucker for sunny San Francisco days, but if you’re looking for that iconic shot, the fog is where it’s at.  However, be aware that if you attempt to photograph the bridge in heavy fog, there might not be much to see!

Best Places to See and Photograph the Golden Gate Bridge

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SAN FRANCISCO SIDE // south of the bridge

Fort Point

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No possible way to get closer to this crimson cutie than under the bridge at Fort Point (well, unless you’re actually standing/driving on it!)  Set aside some time to explore the Civil War Fortress, something that’s still on my San Francisco Bucket List.  Or stay a while and watch the surfers!

Crissy Field

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One of my all-time favorite places to spend some time and people watch.  And those views of Golden Gate – swoon!  Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and a blanket and sprawl out on the grassy lawn.  Plus, if you’re touring the city via car, this area has ample parking! #score

Lands End

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Best Places to See (and Photograph) the Golden Gate Bridge >> a MUST do when visiting San Francisco! | www.apassionandapassport.com

Best Places to See (and Photograph) the Golden Gate Bridge >> a MUST do when visiting San Francisco! | www.apassionandapassport.com

First off – sorry for the all photos, I couldn’t pick just one! Ready for a short hike with some of the most dramatic views you’ll see on your visit?  Put on your hiking boots (but really, sneakers are fine) and head on over to Lands End to be blown away by the vista points.  Reward yourself with a drink or two at The Cliffhouse, a hotspot in San Francisco (the popovers are divine!)

Bakers Beach/Marshalls Beach

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Another one of my favorites!  White Bakers Beach is easily accessible, Marshall’s Beach is a bit more tricky to get to.  There may be some scrambling involved.  Be aware that you may find some nudists hanging out (no pun intended  😛 ) at either beach.

Hike from Crissy Field to the Bridge

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I promise you that you’ll find some of the best views on this short hike/walk.  Numerous vantage points of the bridge await.  On a beautiful sunny day, there’s nothing better than walking from Crissy Field to Golden Gate Bridge.  Take a snack to eat on the way and the chipmunks will love you!  It’s by far my favorite place to take visitors!

ON THE BRIDGE (drive/walk/bike)

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There is nothing more iconic than being on the Golden Gate Bridge itself.  If you’re really looking to photograph it from up here (and you should!), I suggest walking.  Just remember, the bridge is 2 miles long, each way, so be sure to plan accordingly if you’ve got other things on your agenda.  My suggestion – walk until you reach the first trough (that tall part), take some silly selfies, then turn back around.  Walkers – look out for bikers and be sure to stay in the “walkers” lane.

MARIN HEADLANDS SIDE // north of the bridge

Hawks Hill

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SWOON!  Just look how amazing this spot is! Make sure you venture on over to the other side of Hawks Hill as well.  Although there’s no bridge view here (endless ocean views instead), it’s just as splendid and much quieter.

Vista Point

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Lemme tell ya, this place is swarming with tourists for a reason.  The views are downright spectacular.  We were silly and visited as our first stop on our road trip to Mendocino, juuuuust as the tour buses were arriving.  Aim to arrive before 9 and the place won’t be ridiculously crowded.

Pro Tip: You can access this spot super easily as you’re driving north on the bridge, heading to Marin County.  Just don’t miss the turnout – it comes up pretty fast once your off the bridge.

Battery Spencer

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Those iconic post card views were all taken here at Battery Spencer.  With the right angle, you’ll have the entire city of San Francisco in your shot, making it quite memorable if you ask me.  Even more magical at sunset.

En Route to Point Bonita Lighthouse

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A bit further off the typical tourist trail, but if you’re heading to Marin County anyways (for other views perhaps, or for some fantastic hiking), be sure to add the Point Bonita Lighthouse to your agenda.  I totally wasn’t expecting this, but the short walk to the entrance of the lighthouse provides some of the most spectacular unparalleled views of the bridge I’ve seen! An absolute must in my book! And hardly crowded!

What’s your favorite vantage point of the Golden Gate Bridge?  

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