Cable cars, Knob Hill, and Chinatown -- you know you’re going to leave your Instagram heart in San Francisco this summer. To that end, we’re here to show you some of the must-see sites to share with your Insta-fans.
If you’d rather see the Most Instagrammable Spots in SF while in the comfort of AC, hitch a ride on any one of our featured tours. After all, while the City by the Bay is the best city for hiking in the U.S., you might not want to hoof it all over the hills of San Francisco.
5 of the Most Instagrammable Spots in San Francisco
1. Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the must-Instagram sites of the city. It’s more than a tourist spot; it is home to a working fleet of fishermen who bring in the fresh catch of the day to be sold at market. You can find fantastic Dungeness crabs and the best cup of chowder here. Most restaurants and eateries are open under COVID-19 restrictions. Breathe in the ocean air, take in the boats, and snap a pic with your phone and post it to the ‘Gram!
2. North Beach
Munch on a cannoli in Little Italy, then burn off the calories by running up the Filbert Street steps. There’s lots to do and see in North Beach and plenty of shots to capture for your Instagram page. You'll find expansive views of the city on Telegraph Hill. Tour the neighborhoods where beatniks like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg once wielded their influence on American literature. Pictures from North Beach will get plenty of likes on your Instapage. Check our North Beach Food & History Walking tour if you want a genuine local experience!
This rugged, rocky island is home to the infamous Alcatraz prison, where notorious criminals like gangster Al Capone once served time. Today, The Rock is a tourist attraction and remains a testament to the rough, unforgiving geography and frigid ocean surrounding the island. You’ll get lots of images, and Instagram likes here. Just don’t try to swim back to shore.
There is no place hipper than the Haight. The flower child movement of the 1960s blossomed here, kicking off an era in American history that leaves behind a legacy of individuality. At the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets is a neighborhood peppered with colorful Victorian homes as well as the modern-day versions of counterculture offerings that sprouted up decades ago. You’ll find tattoo parlors and unique clothing stores, lots of eclectic eateries, and music shops selling vinyl and history. Post some of that groovy vibe to your Instagram for lasting memories.
5. Golden Gate Bridge
No tour of San Francisco is complete without at least a nod to the Golden Gate Bridge. This engineering marvel has come to be a symbol of SF, and 10 million tourists a year visit its distinctive orange towers. If you want to say you’ve been to San Francisco without actually saying you’ve been to San Francisco, just one picture of this iconic bridge, and your followers will know. You don’t even have to caption it.
An Iconic City To Explore
This is hardly a complete list of all the Instagrammable sights and scenes you’ll want to post to your page. You’ll find plenty just exploring the city. It’s a good start, so make sure your phone is charged, and get ready to keep San Francisco in your heart and on your Instagram page.
Written By Jodi Hunter
Jodi Hunter is a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys traveling around the country, taking pictures of landmarks, waterfalls, and wildflowers.