3 Places for the Best Views of the Golden Gate Bridge

Day Trips

San Francisco’s Most Famous Landmark

Every visitor to San Francisco wants the best photo opportunity of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Here are 3 locations for the best views of the bridge:

Crissy Field

From Crissy Field, you can capture the whole span of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is also the perfect outing on a beautiful San Francisco day with its walkways and trails along the water.

A former U.S. Army airfield, today Crissy Field is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area located next to the Presidio. If you walk further along towards the bridge, you will connect to the north of Fort Point, the next location for stunning photos.

The view of Crissy Field from the Presidio. From this location (the Walt Disney Museum, to be exact), you can see it all: Crissy Field, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands on the other end of the bridge
The beauty of Crissy Field is the large grassy area to run around and layout, as well as the pleasant walkways along the shores that lead all the way up to the bridge. You can also walk out to a port on the water for even better views of the bridge. Photo courtesy of Eugene Kim

 

Fort Point

Fort Point is a prime location for a gorgeous close-up composition of the Golden Gate Bridge. Geographically, it lies at the bridge’s entrance to the San Francisco Bay. You can access the area directly from the paths of Crissy Field.

As a national historic site, Fort Point is a destination worth visiting because of its legacy in San Francisco history. The former masonry seacoast fortification was built in the mid-1800s, almost a century before the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937.

The view of Fort Point and a gorgeous angle of the Golden Gate Bridge. The beauty of the bridge is that it is photogenic at all angles. From Fort Point, you can admire the massive structure of the bridge. Photo courtesy of Paul Churcher
For photo opportunities of the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, still from the San Francisco Bay side, you can walk, bike, or drive down along the coast

 

Baker Beach

Baker Beach on the other side of the bridge can deliver amazing travel photography moments. The beauty of this side is the composition of the sandy beach, the waves, and rocks in the foreground with the boldly red bridge in the background.

To not be too surprised, take note that the northern part of the beach near the base of the bridge permits the lack of clothing. (Yes, it’s a nudist beach area.)

A gorgeous shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from the northern part of Baker Beach. From here, you can capture the rocky shores, the height of the bridge, and the greenery of the Marin Headlands. Photo courtesy of Alex
More stunning photography of Baker Beach with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. The blue sky and waters make the red of the bridge pop out in this photo. Photo courtesy of Allie_Caulfield
Ocean Beach San Francisco
If you want to take in more of the San Francisco Bay and the waters along the peninsula, continue further south from Baker Beach and head towards Lands End and Ocean Beach. Here at Ocean Beach locals enjoy the span of the sand and waters along the Great Highway

 

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