The Best Views of the Golden Gate Bridge


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Want to know where the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge are? I've got you covered!

Nothing symbolizes San Francisco more than the Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic red bridge is a breathtaking sight no matter where you see it from, but some views are better than others. Have you wondered where to find the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge?

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Having lived in San Francisco for almost 9 years, I have spent a lot of time scouting out the best locations to photograph the bridge. There are many places where you can see the bridge and like I said, there is never a bad view of it, but not all views are created equal. So, I now share with y'all favorite spots for the best views of Golden Gate Bridge!



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1. Battery Spencer
You know that postcard shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, with the panoramic view of the bridge with  San Francisco in the background? This is where you get that shot. Up in the Marin Headlands off Conzelman Road, Battery Spencer was one of the main protection points for San Francisco in the 19th century, and you can see the remains of the military site today, but what you are coming here for is that jaw-dropping view.


There are always people here, but there is plenty of space for you to get that perfect shot. The bridge always looks larger-than-life to me here, and that to me makes it one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Keep in mind that it gets super windy and chilly up here, so bring a jacket - or just  suck it up suffer through the wind and freeze, which I've also done, cuz sometimes you've gotta look cute in photos.




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2. Battery East
Battery East is a trail in the Presidio that begins just underneath the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center. From here, there are spectacular views of the bridge, with beautiful greenery in the foreground.



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You can also see a perfectly situated view of the coastline and Fort Point from here as well. Another plus - it is much less crowded than the viewpoint at the Welcome Center, making this a much better spot that has one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a great place to take in the sunset.




3. Baker Beach
Ok, so the beaches in San Francisco suck in the sense that they are always cold (and covered in fog half the time), and you can never go in the water and have a "beach day" in the traditional sense. But come on, in what other place can you find a beach that has one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge? Yeah, didn't think so.

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PS - Baker Beach is a nude beach, so if you see some, uhhh, sausages, don't be alarmed. Also, Baker Beach is super pretty and super peaceful around sunrise, if you manage can to get out of bed for one.




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4. Fort Point
The beautiful brick Fort Point defended San Francisco from the Gold Rush into World World II, and offers a unique vantage point of the bridge because it seems like you are so close to it and it seems like you're almost underneath it.

best views of the golden gate bridge fort point
Keep in mind that the hours are kind of limited (it is only open Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm), but if you can, definitely stop by for a walk around through the gorgeous brick halls (the light is always perfect for photos), and up the spiral staircase for one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. However, even if the fort is closed, you can still find a pretty awesome view right outside of it (although you don't get the unique perspective of being underneath and up close to it - but can't complain).





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5. Coastal Trail
One of my favorite urban hikes in San Francisco is the Coastal Trail, which takes you from the Golden Gate Bridge to Baker Beach. Just after you start the trail from the bridge, you will encounter a unique vertical perspective of it, with the towers stacked over each other.


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There are two spots of note: One, you will find just walking a little while on the trail from the bridge itself. After walking a bit, you will find a grassy hillside that is perfect for photos. Another spot is with two trees that perfectly frame the towers of the bridge. If you are using GPS to navigate to this second spot, a good address to use is 1600 Langdon Ct. (you can also find parking there). There are also some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge further down the trail!







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6. Marshall's Beach
Marshall's Beach is one of my absolute favorite places in San Francisco. You can't go wrong with that breathtaking coastline combined with the vibrant red orange of the bridge. If you continue on the Coastal Trail as mentioned above, you will spot a turn off for steps leading down to Marshall's Beach. Even if you don't go all the way down to the beach itself (the steps can be strenuous and the tide is often high), you can still enjoy one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the top of the steps.





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7. West Bluff Picnic Area
I love this spot because of the grassy hills, along with the perfect view of that cute little house and the bridge. So perfect. I would advise coming here during the week, or early in the morning on weekends, because it is a picnic area and there are lots of people around on weekend afternoons. If you are there when there are no other people around, it is definitely a spot with one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge.





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8. Fort Baker
I actually discovered Fort Baker while running a half marathon - such a beautiful part of the course! You will find everyone else clamoring for a perfect shot at the Vista Point. Instead, take the trail down the hill, which will lead you to Fort Baker. It is much less crowded, and the what you'll find is one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, with those bluffs and a the hills of San Francisco in the background.





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9. Crissy Field
I have a thing for frolicking in wide open green spaces so naturally I am drawn to Crissy Field because you get that with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. On a clear day, the bridge with the green grass is pretty magical (unfortunately, I happened to catch it on a hazy day when I took this photo, but it's still pretty beautiful). You can also gaze at the bridge from the beach. This is one of my favorite places to hang out on a sunny day. There is also a promenade trail that is a super nice walk with great views of the bridge - and also one of my favorite spots to go for a run (one of my favorite things about running races in San Francisco is that most of them go through this spot). Run around, frolic, or lay out with a book and enjoy one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge!





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10. Hawk Hill
Hawk Hill is such a magical places to see the Golden Gate Bridge because you get to see it from above, and in a way, it's almost like you're standing above the bridge. It's such a cool perspective. Plus, you can't go wrong with the contrast from the rolling green hills, the blue of the Pacific Ocean,  and the urban landscape of the city of San Francisco off in the distance. It really makes the iconic reddish orange color of the bridge pop, making it one of the best Golden Gate Bridge photo spots.





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11. Kirby Cove
Kirby Cove is a popular Golden Gate Bridge photo spot because there is sometimes a swing there, and if it's there, you get a perfect shot of yourself swinging with the bridge in the background. Unfortunately, this gets taken down often, and I've never been there while the swing was still up - I have a bit of FOMO because I've never been able to get *the shot* here. However, it is still a beautiful places to see the bridge, with the cove and the beach, with the city in the background. It's a perfect place to sit and hang out and enjoy the view. Even without the swing, I think it's still one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge.





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12. On the bridge
I mean...you just have to see it up close and personal. Even if you don't walk the entire span of it, I highly recommend just walking to the first tower and admiring that iconic red orange up close. You also get pretty spectacular views of the rugged coastline and of the San Francisco skyline, just sayin'.

Have you been to San Francisco? Where are your favorite views of the Golden Gate Bridge?

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Comments

Samantha said…
wow! all these photos are so beautiful. These all seem to be really great places to view the bridge from. Which one for you is the best view? I'm definitely saving this post for when I take a trip to San Fransisco
Kristin Kohler said…
Bahaha sausages at Baker Beach! I had no idea there were ANY nude beaches in the States! It is crazy how amazingly big the bridge looks from all these vantage points. It's unreal!
stolenchild said…
Up close and personal gets my vote. I have a thing for bridges and reckon that all too often we only see them from afar.
Anna said…
How bizarre that there's a nudist beach so close to the Golden Gate Bridge! Your comment about sausages made me giggle :) I'm glad you didn't take any photos of those!
Olyboly said…
These pictures are life! The architecture is just amazing. I can sit all day and watch this bridge. Breathtaking
Taylor Johnson said…
I love the way you edit your photos, they are so beautiful. San Fransisco looks beautiful and looks like you had an amazing time!
Lucy Williams said…
Love your photos! I was just in San Fran in September and got some great photos of the bridge as it was a lovely clear sunny day. My favourite shot was from Battery Spencer.
Olivia said…
This is a great list! I like the coastal trail shot!!
Jacklyn Shields said…
Such BEAUTIFUL photos! I've only been to SF once and only for two days where it was unfortunately way too foggy to get any pretty photos :( but this is totally inspo to get back and get some of these iconic shots! Saving this post for later <3
valerie joy said…
They are all gorgeous. I particularly like the one in fort point and baker beach as I don't see it often on tourists photos. You gave me options when I travel there.😊

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maninder said…
Love this! I wasn't aware of all the different locations to view the bridge. I am particularly a fan of the Baker beach one!



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Jess Lu said…
Now I really wanna come visit you in SF!
chasing krista said…
all your photos just blow me away! these are simply stunning! your soft editing of the colors makes them so breezy and beautiful to look at! you inspire the photographer in me all the time!!
Kristine said…
This post is so useful for people who're heading there next! For the rest of us, we can simply admire your lovely photos for now =D
Michelle Joy said…
We totally didn't know that Baker Beach was nude until we were there and ... saw things, lol. No one seemed bothered though so we figured it must be allowed. Great memory haha!
Katalin said…
We loved taking pictures from Baker Beach! :) It was last November and super cold, it was totally deserted.
Julianne said…
As a San Francisco native who sadly no longer lives there, I loved your post!! I knew about some of these spots (we did a "Vertigo" movie tour when I was a teen and stopped at that Golden Gate Bridge viewing point). However, some of these are new to me, which is awesome. Love your pictures! :)
Daisy said…
This is beautiful! I do miss SF. But honestly, I couldn't get a decent picture when visiting since the wing was so strong :) Could barely hold my camera still-- guess I have to go back ;)
Christie said…
Great post!! I've always loved the view of the bridge from Marin so much more than SF since you can see SF in the background that way :) I haven't made it to Kirby Cove still, but I think that would be my favorite!! Great list!
Sierra said…
So many fantastic spots to view our SF beauty! This is such a great, detailed guide - definitely saving this for my trip home over the holidays. Hope to get a chance to meet up again too!
This is perfect! Now I know where to get the best instas hahaha.
We took our photos from Battery Spencer on a tour. Next time we go back I am going to have to check out a few more locations.
Lena T said…
I wish I have seen this post before I went to San Francisco :D Pinning it for later.
Such awesome suggestions! This is an incredibly handy guide. Thanks for sharing all your insider tips. Interestingly, I have an overnight, 24 hour layover in San Fran this spring in the way back from Colombia. So I’m definitely saving this. Would you recommend just getting an Uber or taxi to these spots?
Janine said…
This is such a helpful guide. I've been to San Francisco a handful of times but never really knew where or how to capture the Golden Gate properly. I have a bunch of "out the window" shots but they aren't very impressive :S Now I know what to do next time I'm there!
Love this post! I've driven past San Francisco many times but never had the opportunity to actually visit and explore and see the Golden Gate. Can't wait to actually take some time and properly enjoy it :) Will definitely refer back to this.
Anita Sāne said…
Yes, I have been to San Francisco and to the Golden gate bridge. I walked it from one side to another. Your guide could be the great help to find the best view points. Thanks for sharing.
Anonymous said…
Love this! I hope to visit San Fran again and wil have to use this as a reference to get some great photos :)
Excellent post to know all of the perfect spots to take an awesome picture, Caroline! Have you gone for a walk on the bridge?
Jordan said…
Clearly I needed a guide like this when I was in San Francisco because NONE of my photos look remotely like this!
Anonymous said…
My personal favorite is Battery Spencer during the golden hour... the light can't be beat.
Sarah Shumate said…
The light in these photos is amazing and I love the way you edited them - so dreamy! I appreciate the tips, too. Will definitely be pinning for future use!
Viola Wang said…
Girl you got skills! These photos are gorgeous! The lighting is great. I love the soft romantic feel.
Diamond said…
I haven't been to San Francisco yet but when I finally make the trip taking a pic of the bridge is top of my list. This guide will definitely come in handy. Thanks!
Oh how I wish I had seen this before visiting San Francisco :( Gorgeous photos!
Jackie S. said…
Aww.. pretty photos! I don't go to SF as often as I should even though I'm in the Bay Area too. There are so many good places to visit and take photos. Thank you for sharing!
Leanne Scott said…
Such beautiful photos - thank you for sharing
Mayuri said…
The pictures are gorgeous! I visited SF 4 years and the Golden Gate Bridge was definitely a highlight then
I hope to revisit next year and this post will come in handy then
Thanks for sharing
Mona said…
I had no idea there were so many great places to get a shot of the bridge! This was really informative, especially about the nudist beach πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Lucy Frank said…
Awesome. I wish I read this before my trip to San Fran haha
This post is so awesome!!!!! I wish I had it when I visited San Fran a few years ago! I definitely plan to go back though so I will be using this to get all my instaworthy pictures with the Golden Gate Bridge!! Thank you for writing this post!!!!

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