6 of the best San Francisco photo spots. Find the best spots for your Instagram feed as you bike around the city.
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 fun.
Discovering San Francisco by bike means you can experience all of the off the beaten path things to do in San Francisco and see the sights that you genuinely want to see. Another perk is that you get the opportunity to discover the best San Francisco photo spots.
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.
Book a spot on our Original City Loop Tour and enjoy seeing these best San Francisco photo spots for yourself.
The Municipal Pier in Aquatic Park
We kick off our 20-mile long electric bike ride of San Francisco by cruising down this often-overlooked part of the city, the Municipal Pier San Francisco. Even though fishermen and crabbers usually outnumber 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 one of our top San Francisco photo spots is an easy photo stop for anyone with a San Francisco bike rental that is planning on biking across the Golden Gate Bridge. We 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 San Francisco 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
One of the best San Francisco photography spots is The Palace of Fine Arts. Tour buses are prohibited from stopping at this location. We believe that this is 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 our e-bike tour of San Francisco.
This domed structure is one of the top San Francisco Instagram spots and 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
Our third of six best San Franciso photo spots is, of course, The Golden Gate Bridge. There’s only one tour that combines bike rentals that cross the Golden Gate Bridge with a private shuttle to Muir Woods, where 2,000-year-old redwood trees lie. And that’s Dylan’s Tours and our, Bike the Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour.
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 getting the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge. After crossing the bridge, guests can 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 within the redwoods. Afterward, you’ll have another chance to take in the Golden Gate Bridge view as you are driven back across the Golden Gate Bridge and dropped in the Fisherman’s Wharf area.
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 exploring the best place to see the Golden Gate Bridge. Afterward, our San Francisco bike tour will continue to the Pacific Ocean and the entire length of Golden Gate Park before stopping for lunch in the Haight-Ashbury.
Pro tip: always bring a jacket on any San Francisco bike tour. It doesn’t matter how hot it may seem, there will be a noticeable temperature drop at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Sutro Bath Ruins
Another perfect place to take pictures in San Francisco is Sutro Baths. At the western edge of San Francisco, where the city meets the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find a million dollar property in ruins that offers some of San Francisco’s best views.
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.
Luckily, the National Park Service fell into ownership of the ruins, and the property is now a part of Lands End. The views of the Pacific Ocean, historical Cliff House restaurant and Seal Rocks make this location one of the top San Francisco photo spots.
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. Could there be a cooler location for SF photography?
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.
Fifty years after the Summer of Love, the Haight-Ashbury is still a thriving counterculture community. This stretch of Haight Street has many San Francisco scenic spots such three local record shops, 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 of great San Francisco photo spots 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
If you have ever wanted to go on a San Francisco Full House tour, get excited because our bike tour stops at Seven Sisters San Francisco, aka the Full House, house.
Even though San Francisco bus tours have been banned from going anywhere near the iconic Full House house, San Francisco bike tours are still allowed. Our e-bike tour of San Francisco stops inside of Alamo Square Park. This gives you an excellent chance to capture a photo at one of the best photography spots in San Francisco.
These are perhaps the most iconic Victorian homes in 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.” No matter what you would like to call these famous houses, the fact is that they make one of the best San Francisco photo spots.
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