15 Most Instagrammable Spots in San Francisco

If you know me then you know I’m all about that Instagram life. It’s arguably my favorite social media and I spend far too much time on it. Sometimes when you travel or have an experience it just isn’t enough to write an entire blog post on the item/topic but sometimes you get that one perfect picture that the world just has to see. And the perfect platform for that? Instagram.Β San Francisco is a city of art, nature, architecture and so much more. There’s incredible amounts to see and do. To help you narrow down what to do on a first (or tenth) time visit to the city I’ve put together this guide of the 15 Most Instagrammable Spots in San Francisco.

  1. Any view of the Golden Gate Really


    This view is from Battery Lancaster.
    This view is from Vista Point. Due to the extreme fog and rain we didn’t have much luck with more spread out pictures but check out this link for more ideas!

  2. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

    The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps can be found on Moraga Street between 15th and 16th Avenue. It’s a 163 step staircase completely covered in tile mosaics.

  3. Museum of Fine Arts (daytime or nighttime!)

  4. Clarion Alley

    Clarion Alley is a photographer’s dream with lots of colors and the perfect backdrops for your hipster shots (or OOTDs if you’re in the fashion niche!).
  5. Pier 39 Seals

  6. Fisherman’s Wharf/The Harbor

  7. Alcatraz Island


    Whether it’s inside the jail or the iconic shot of the outside, it’s hard to go wrong with a picture of Alcatraz.

  8. Land’s End

    On a gorgeous sunny day you’ll have spectacular views of the Golden Gate bridge. We got slightly unlucky in terms of the view bu we on the other hand had the entire place to ourselves so this place is worth a visit (and tons of pictures) regardless of the weather. A tip however, this is quite an inclined hike so be prepared to be slightly winded (or not if you’re in better shape than me).

  9. Painted Ladies

  10. Lombard Street aka the Most Crooked Street in the World

  11. China Town
  12. Hearts in San Francisco

    If you visit San Francisco, you’re very likely to come across one of these hearts. This project started in 2004, and there are a total of 131 heart sculptures spread all over the city. This one’s on Pier 39.

  13. Ghirardelli Square
  14. Coit Tower
  15. Architecture

    Okay so maybe this one is a cop out but hear me out. Between all the colored houses, the old brick stores and the hills you’ll hurt your neck from looking back and forth at it all!

Bonus (Because slightly outside of San Francisco)

  1. Muir Woods

    Trees as tall as the sky and large enough to make you look like an ant? Perfect photography moments.

  2. Stinson Beach

    Stinson Beach is one of the Instagrammable Spots in San Fransisco

  3. Houseboats in Sausalito

    Sausalito Houseboats is one of the Instagrammable Spots in San Fransisco

Do you agree or disagree with the list? Any spots you felt should be included that weren’t? Let me know in the comments!

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74 Comments

  1. March 10, 2017 / 10:15 am

    I love the Pier areas in San Fransisco. The sea lions are the best, a little stinky but worth the trip!

    • March 16, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Totally worth it even with the stink! They’re so cute rolling around making their sounds.

  2. March 10, 2017 / 10:27 am

    This has just totally whetted my appetite to visit San Francisco! The sea lions are definitely adorable!

    • March 16, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      They’re super cute πŸ™‚

  3. March 10, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Loved this post!! I’ll definitely go and take pics in all these places when I’m in San Fran! Thanks for sharing!

    • March 16, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      Thanks for checking the post out!

  4. March 10, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Can not wait to visit San Fransisco in a couple months. Definitely going to check out these places!

    • March 16, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      It’s a really fun city! Enjoy your trip πŸ™‚

  5. March 10, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    WOW! Those are all great pics! I can’t wait to go there someday and hit up some of these spots! Thanks for sharing!
    xo-Lisa
    http://www.thatssodarling.com

    • March 16, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  6. March 10, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    I have been to San Fran a few times but keep missing out on Sausalito! Next time.
    Although Land’s End is such a cool spot!

    • March 16, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Yes, Sausalito’s totally worth it! Check out Fred’s Place for brunch/lunch if you get a chance πŸ™‚

  7. March 10, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I never knew there were sea lions in San Francisco. Great pictures.

  8. March 10, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    There is probably no spot in San Francisco that is not instagram worthy! πŸ™‚ Btw is it truth that most of the seals from the Pier 39 disappeared?

    • March 16, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      They disappeared briefly in 2014 from what I remember reading but there were tons present when we went in February this year!

  9. March 10, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit San Fransisco. The painted ladies is my favorite shot reminds me of Full House πŸ™‚

    • March 16, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Haha I thought exactly the same!

  10. March 10, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    The tiled steps, the Alcatraz Island.. ooohhh, so many to choose πŸ™‚ I would just explore all of them then and take many photos as I can πŸ™‚

    • March 16, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Exactly what I did!

  11. March 10, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Awesome. I wrote a similar post for London. I’ll be bookmarking this for when I get to San Francisco πŸ™‚

    • March 16, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you! I love these kind of posts. They’re such good preparation for visiting a new place!

  12. March 10, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Lovely photos and suggestions for SanFran! I really enjoyed Fishmen’s Warf and Ghiradelli, of course, too πŸ™‚

    • March 16, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      Who could resist Ghiradelli?? I swore I wouldn’t get anything but those desserts are heavenly!

  13. March 11, 2017 / 3:22 am

    These are some amazing spots! Will definitely save for my trip to San Fran!

    Jesse

    • March 16, 2017 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy your trip πŸ™‚

  14. March 11, 2017 / 3:43 am

    Thanks for sharing some great hot spot! definitely want to check it out when going to SFO

    • March 16, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you! They’re definitely all worth a visit!

  15. March 11, 2017 / 6:31 am

    I really want to visit Lombard Street and Alcatraz. I never did any sightseeing last time i was there and so SF is on my list for the next time I am in the US.

    • March 16, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Alcatraz is completely worth a visit! So much history! Lombard Street was unique as well. We actually drove down it, it was pretty fun!

  16. March 11, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Awesome job capturing the beauty in San Francisco! I love the seals omg!! I’ve never been to SF but it looks beautiful. Also how cool are those houseboats.. I didnt know about that part!

    • March 16, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Thank you! I loved, loved, loved the houseboats! I thought it was such a cool thing! The seals were also adorable, such entertainers.

  17. March 11, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Great post!! Love all these tips for when we make it to San Fran! That staircase?! Stunning!

    • March 16, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Thank you! I loved the staircase as well. It’s such a beautiful community project.

  18. March 11, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    “Most instagrammable” for a good reason, these places are inspirable!!

    • March 16, 2017 / 3:38 pm

      They definitely are!

    • March 16, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Loved Pier 39! So many things to see and do!

  19. March 12, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Where in SF Is the very first pic at the top of the post?

    • March 16, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Hey, it’s from one of the buildings on Alcatraz Island! (I think you’re referring to the image that says 15 most instagrammable spots in San Francisco right?)

  20. March 13, 2017 / 12:06 am

    Nice list….I am quite attracted by Lombard street, The golden gate and painted lady. Definitely a lot of interesting shots can be taken here. Loved your pics

    • March 16, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you very much!

  21. March 13, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    These are some great sights to capture. I’ll be visiting San Francisco this year and can’t wait to visit all these spots and take their pictures. Have pinned your post for my reference.

    • March 17, 2017 / 11:08 am

      Hope you enjoy your visit! It’s a fun city!

  22. March 13, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Yay! A fellow Torontonian! I absolutely LOVED San Fran, and thankfully got to see many of these spots. I somehow missed those beautiful stairs you mentioned in #2, darn!

    • March 17, 2017 / 11:09 am

      Haha no way! I never find Toronto bloggers!

      San Fran is goooorgeous. Now you have a reason to go back πŸ˜€

  23. March 13, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    These are all very instagrammable spots. Some of these I saw when I was in SF, like Alcatraz, Coit Tower, and the Golden Gate, and some I didn’t. But it all inspires me to want to go back to visit San Francisco!

    • March 17, 2017 / 11:10 am

      It’s definitely a city worth revisiting!

  24. March 13, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I WISH I would have read this blog post before moving away from CA! The special places look like such gems.

    • March 21, 2017 / 10:34 am

      I loved them! Now you have another reason to go back and visit!

    • March 21, 2017 / 10:34 am

      There’s definitely tons to miss about it!

  25. March 14, 2017 / 6:04 am

    Guess you wrote this post for me only. I’ll be soon in SFO. This will come very handy πŸ™‚

    • March 21, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Glad to help! Enjoy your upcoming trip πŸ™‚

  26. March 14, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Nice idea! I love San Francisco!!! πŸ’―

  27. March 14, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Wow! I agree these definitely ARE Instagram worthy photos of San Fran! great shots!

  28. March 15, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Beautiful photos. I visited San Francisco 25 years ago and seeing your pictures reminded me how great that city is. I love the labyrinth and the tile steps photos.

    • March 21, 2017 / 10:56 am

      It’s a really pretty city. Thank you for checking the post out πŸ™‚

  29. March 15, 2017 / 10:21 am

    OMG that staircase <333

    • March 21, 2017 / 10:56 am

      It’s great isn’t it??

  30. March 15, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    These sure are spots that Instagram well. My favourite is the Golden Gate Bridge. Second is Lombard Street, these photograph so well!

    • March 21, 2017 / 10:57 am

      They really do! Lombard Street is such a unique street.

  31. March 15, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Oh my! These are some beautiful shots! Instagram is my favorite social media, too!!

    • March 21, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Thank you! I’m obsessed. Instagram is so cool!

  32. April 19, 2017 / 3:42 am

    Love to go to San Francisco one day and this is such a great inspiration. Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

    • April 19, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      It’s so worth a visit! Thanks for checking the post out!

  33. May 9, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Wow, you’ve really captured some awesome spots with your post! I agree with your first one – there’s not a bad view of the Golden Gate Bridge! And the 16th Avenue tiled steps are a must see as well.

    • May 10, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thank you!! I absolutely loved the tiled steps!!

  34. May 23, 2017 / 10:56 am

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    • May 24, 2017 / 8:15 am

      Thanks for checking it out!

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