From magnificent artworks to one of the most famous bridges in the world, Musement shares 11 of the most Instagrammable places in San Francisco.
Known for its diverse landmarks, foggy skies, and steep hills, San Francisco is a city that will leave you in awe. Thanks to the California Gold Rush, the city’s population saw a massive increase and has been a popular tourist area ever since.
With its beautiful bridges, cultural districts, and numerous restaurants to choose from, “The City” sure has many “golden” places worth snapping for your Instagram feed. Here’s a look at 11 of the most instagrammable places in San Francisco.
1. Golden Gate Bridge
The first image that pops into one’s head when they hear the words “San Francisco.” Inaugurated in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world’s most recognizable bridges and was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was constructed. The sun glistens off the bright orange painted bridge, leaving you with a beautiful backdrop for a picture, especially during a sunset or sunrise.
2. 16th Ave Tiled Steps
Eight different mosaic staircases can be found throughout the city but the one located on 16th Avenue is the most popular of them all. The 163-step staircase brings you from the sea, all the way up to the sky and beyond, so have your camera ready to capture each theme as you climb the steps. These tiled steps will sure brighten up one’s feed.
3. The Painted Ladies
This strip of colorful Victorian houses is located on Steiner Street just across from Alamo Square Park. Having appeared in over 70 movies, the Painted Ladies is most famous for appearing in the opening credits of the American sitcom Full House. The variety of colors and the incline on which the homes are situated give the perfect touch and will leave your followers double-tapping. Plan a visit in the early afternoon so you can see the ladies in their full essence of beauty, and not covered in shade!
4. Muir Woods
About 16 miles north from San Francisco, this National Monument is paradise for nature lovers looking for the perfect Instagram photo. Sun rays beam through the 250-foot tall redwood trees as walking trails help guide you through the woods. The 400-800 year-old trees truly mesmerize its visitors.
Alcatraz Island, home to the former maximum-security prison, is just a 15 minute boat ride from the mainland. Some of the wildest prison escape stories happened here, with some still unsolved. Take a picture with the lighthouse on the island or capture some of the breathtaking vistas of the Bay on your way back from the island, letting your followers know you were able to escape!
This district will have you snapping selfies from the moment you get to Bush Street and Grant Ave. The famous Dragon Gate and its guardian lions welcomes you to Chinatown in San Francisco. Large murals and street art paint the district’s walls with red lanterns hanging through the streets.
This large 1,017-acre city park located in the heart of San Francisco is full of natural beauty. With a botanical garden, nearly 100,000 trees, numerous lakes and wild animals roaming around, you’re sure to get a great flick even after a short visit.
8. Museum of Modern Art
Art lovers are in for a real treat when they visit the SFMOMA. It was the first museum on the West Coast that consisted of only 20th century artworks from contemporary and modern art including abstract paintings, designs, architecture and more. With 170,000 square feet of exhibition space, there are countless pieces of art worthy of the gram.
9. Pier 39
Located in Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 has numerous shops, restaurants, and attractions, including a two-story carousel. The pier opened in 1978 and has become one of the most touristy destinations in San Francisco. A stroll to the edge of the pier will offer you Instagram worthy views and the Pier 39 favorite: groups of Sea lions sunbathing in the Bay.
10. City Hall
The San Francisco City Hall is a true masterpiece when it comes to its design. White marble floors decorate the four-story building, with a grand staircase topped off with a 307-foot dome. Visitors lucky enough might catch a glimpse of a wedding couple taking their pictures on the jaw-dropping pink marble staircase.
11. California Academy of Sciences
This all-in-one natural history museum, planetarium, rainforest, and aquarium is one of a kind; in fact, it’s the only one in the world. Home to over 46 million species, including an albino alligator, the California Academy of Sciences will leave you with plenty of photo ops.