The most Instagramable locations in San Francisco

Posted on September 16, 2018 |

Of all the fun things to do in San Francisco, cruising through the city on a bike has got to be one of the most funĀ šŸš²šŸ’Ø

Discovering San Francisco by bike means you can go off-the-beaten-path to find the most Instagrammable locations. Places that even some cars and San Francisco bus tours don’t have access too.

San Francisco’s notoriously steep hills are a breeze to tackle on electric bikes. That why at Dylan’s Tours we ride Pedego e-bikes to lead adventurous travelers on a six hour bike tour of San Francisco called the Original City Loop Tour!

The Municipal Pier in Aquatic Park
First stop for photos on our most popular electric bike tour of San Francisco, the Original City Loop Tour

We kick off our 20 mile/32 kilometer long electric bike ride of San Francisco by cruising down this often-overlooked part of the city — the Municipal Pier in Aquatic Park. Even though fishermen and crabbers usually out number tourists, crescent moon pier leads travelers off the shore of the city for unparalleled views of Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island and rolling hills of the San Francisco skyline.

Don’t fret if you’re not into guided tours! This is an easy photo stop for anyone with a San Francisco bike rental that is planning on biking across the Golden Gate Bridge. We always suggest travelers on our Bike the Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour to pull over here for some photos.

PRO TIP: The Municipal Pier in Aquatic Park also makes for a perfect little break before tackling the first of two hills that lead to the Golden Gate Bridge! There are no cars or vehicles allowed on the pier, so it’s a nice quiet spot for a break.

The Palace of Fine Arts
A palace originally built in 1915, is perfect for selfies on ourĀ most popular San Francisco bike tour

Tour buses are prohibited from stopping at, what we consider to be, one of the best vantage points for photos of the only remaining relic from the Panama Pacific International Exhibition. That’s why the Palace of Fine Arts is the first stop for photos on e-bike tour of San Francisco!

The domed structure is the most iconic part of the Palace of Fine Arts. But our 100% local guides know this monument for the Weeping Maidens who crown the columns. The crying women hiding their faces are the only tribute San Francisco has ever built to commemorate the devastating Great Fires & Earthquake of 1906 that nearly wiped San Francisco off the map.

Golden Gate Bridge
If riding across the Golden Gate Bridge is on your bucket list you’ll love our Bike the Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour!

There’s only one tour that combines bike rentals with a private shuttle to Muir Woods, where 2,000 year old redwood trees lie. And that’s Dylan’s Tours, Bike the Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods Tours. Travelers pick up either regular 7-speed bikes or Pedego electric bikes from our shop in the heart of Little Italy and ride along the waterfront and across the bridge to drop off their bikes in Sausalito. After a long lunch break, travelers then join our a private Muir Woods shuttle to the forest to spend over an hour with in the redwoods. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back across the Golden Gate Bridge and dropped in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. It’s kind of like a San Francisco bike rental, with benefits.

Our most popular electric bike tour of San Francisco, the Original City Loop Tour, does an extended stop at Golden Gate Bridge so that travelers can take their time walking a portion of the bridge to get photos. Afterwards this San Francisco bike tour will continue on to the Pacific Ocean and then entire length of Golden Gate Park before stopping for lunch in the Haight-Ashbury.

PRO TIP: A-L-W-A-Y-S bring a jacket on any San Francisco bike tour! Always. Doesn’t matter how hot it may seem, there’s almost ALWAYS noticeable temperature drop at the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sutro Bath Ruins
San Francisco bike tours go where most bus tours don’t go — most notably the western side of the city where ruins lie at the entranceĀ to the Pacific Ocean

Photo by Daniel Hoherd via Flickr

At the western edge of San Francisco, where the city meets the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find a million dollar property in ruins. Sutro Baths once was a luxurious Victorian Era bathhouse, home to a series of large indoor pools that were filled with water from the ocean. After decades of declining attendance and a string of ownership changes — the bathhouse mysteriously burned to the ground in the middle of the night in the late 60s. And the owners just as mysteriously disappeared with their insurance money.

Sutro Baths and Cliff House inlate 50s early 60s by Ed Bierman via Flickr

Luckily, the National Park Service fell into ownership of the ruins and the property is now a part of Lands End. We stop here on our most popular San Francisco bike tour because you’ll be able to look out into the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, historic Cliff House restaurant and Seal Rocks.

Discover the murals of the Haight in San Francisco’s notorious hippie hangout

At the intersection of Haight and Ashbury you would have found the homes of Jerry Garcia and the rest of the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.Ā During the Summer of Love in 1967, this intersection was the center of the universe for hippies and flower children flocking to San Francisco. Stunning street art is now peppered throughout this old hippie hangout. Combining the vibrant multicolored Victorian homes with murals makes this entire neighborhood perfect for Instagram shots.

Photo by Martine via Flickr

50 years after the Summer of Love, the Haight-Ashbury is still a thriving counterculture community. This stretch of Haight Street has home to, count’ em, THREE local record shops. THREE! The “Wicked Witch of the West Coast” legs hanging out of the windows at Piedmont Boutique. And an Anarchists Collective Book Store that has survived a few different arson attempts! There’s a lot to Instagram while our Original City Loop Bike Tour stops in the Haight-Ashbury for lunch.

The Seven Sisters of Alamo Square aka The “Full House” House
Whatever you call these homes, your Instagram feed needs them

Fans of “Full House” (and now, “Fuller House”) — REJOICE! Even though San Francisco bus tours have been banned from going ANYWHERE NEAR the iconic Full House House scene in the opening credits, San Francisco bike tours are still allowed!!Ā Our e-bike tour of San FranciscoĀ stops inside of Alamo Square Park. This really gives you a good chance to set up a photo at one of San Francisco’s most Instagrammed locations — The Seven Sisters of Alamo Square.

These are perhaps the most iconic Victorian homes n San Francisco. First made famous in early postcards showcasing the skyline from the park, these homes originally had the nickname Postcard Row. You’ll hear lots of folks calling these “The Painted Ladies”. And that’s true. Kind of. Technically, a Painted Lady is *any* Victorian Home with 3 or more colors. So, even though these are Painted Ladies — they aren’t the only Painted Ladies in San Francisco.


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