1. The Golden Gate Bridge. There are different areas around SF where you can get a good shot of the bridge. One of those places is Fort Baker. Parking there is a challenge but not an impossible task. When we went, it was not It was not too crowded and most people were fishing, biking, running or taking photos. It is good to bring a jacket because most of the time it’s windy and cool there.
2. The Palace of the Fine Arts Theather. This place is open to the public and there’s no entrance fee to get inside the structure. The building has no roof, it’s open and there are many entrances. The building is surrounded by residential and commercial structures, and parking is also a challenge there. It is a nice place to take pictures. I saw groups of different people taking pictures for things like their school projects, prenuptial, or tourist sightseeing.
If you are a photographer or photography is one of your hobbies, then this is an ideal place to practice your creative skills by taking photos of the different angles of the buildings.
3. The Painted Ladies – This historical landmark is one of the most photographed places in SF. The home structures are cute, pastel-colored Victorian homes across from Alamo Square Park. I never got tired of looking at those homes because of their unique style and variety of colors. It was a great place to sit, relax, take pictures, or read a book. Parking there was also a challenge just like any other places in SF.
4. Fisherman’s Wharf – This was a fun place for tourism purposes. Most people there are tourists, and they primarily tend to spend time shopping, eating or just looking around at the activities. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. You can find almost everything from clothing, bags, souvenirs, candies and a lot more. There are also some days when they have a farmer’s market where you can buy fresh and organic fruits and veggies from locals.
We had lunch at the Wipeout restaurant. The prices are okay and their food was good. The atmosphere there was ideal for the location. I had salmon teriyaki, a strawberry milkshake, and a salad. The seats and the waiting time depends on the day and the season. But most of the time, you can find a seat right away.
5. Rodeo Beach – Located on the west side of the Marin Headlands. Two miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge. A nice place to hike, walk, take pictures, relax and even run. I would highly recommend bringing a jacket even in Summer because it’s really cold there. If you want to spend a day there, make sure to bring food and water because there are no nearby restaurants. They also have restrooms and showers in the parking area which is at the far end of the beach. Parking is available but can fill up quickly.