From Coit Tower to Marshall Beach, there are so many options to capture magical images of the Golden Gate Bridge
Rising from the top of Telegraph Hill, the slim and concrete Coit Tower has an observation deck providing 360 panoramas of the city and the bay. Docent led tours are also available which take you inside the base of the tower to see the murals depicting life in California during the depression.
Known most famously for its crooked street, the section of Lombard Street between Hyde & Leavenworth is at the top of Russian Hilland and offers incredible views extending to Marin County, the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz. Bring your sneakers and a willingness to sweat as many of the streets are so steep, they are actually staircases.
This former military airfield offers water eye level views as opposed to the other high up vistas. The bridge views at Crissy Field are equally as stunning at night. It’s also one of the best spots in the city to picnic, bike or fly a kite.
Due to the cold temperature at this spot (bring layers), Marshall Beach, a secluded clothing optional beach, is known more for its hiking trails and pacific-ocean views than for swimming. The best way to get there is either end of the Batteries to Bluff’s trail. The walk down is long and the climb back up is tiring but it’s well worth it for the bridge views.
For one of the easiest, close-up pics of the bridge, the Welcome Center is the place to go. The friendly staff can answer any questions you have about the bridge and there is even an exhibit displaying artifacts from when it was erected. Grab a snack at the Round House Restaurant or a fun (non-flimsy) souvenir at the gift shop.
Battery Spencer is arguably, the most breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco skyline and Alcatraz. Due to the elevation (you will be higher than the bridge) you could be lucky enough to get some of that romantic fog rolling in. Plan ahead and get there for sunset to get one of the most incredible pictures you will ever take.