Top Spots to Take a Photograph in the Presidio

The Presidio of San Francisco is a national park site at the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge

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Pacific Overlook

Many of the park’s hiking trails connect directly to one or more of these overlooks. Alternatively, the PresidiGo Shuttle can bring you to many of these stops as well. PresidiGo is a convenient and free option for getting around the park. PresidiGo also offers transportation from downtown, and the Presidio is easily accessible via San Francisco’s Muni system. Biking is another popular method to get to and around the park. Click here for ideas of routes, electric bike shares, and rental opportunities.

Inspiration Point Overlook

Inspiration Point is a popular stop, given its convenient location. Overlooking the park’s largest watershed, Tennessee Hollow, Inspiration Point offers a view toward San Francisco Bay, as well as the surrounding grasslands and nearby historic homes and eucalyptus canopies.

Lobos Valley Overlook

Located toward the southwest corner of the Presidio, Lobos Valley Overlook is a great place to consider the history of the park. Lobos Valley has alternatively been a site for grazing cattle, vegetable gardens, and army training facilities.

National Cemetery Overlook

In the middle of the Presidio forest, high above San Francisco National Cemetery, his serene spot offers a dramatic view of the 28-acre military cemetery. Beyond the cemetery, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and San Francisco Bay. Using the Bay Area Ridge Trail, National Cemetery Overlook is about a 15 minute walk from the Arguello Gate park entrance.

Immigrant Point Overlook

Head here for a direct view of the Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headlands, and, on a clear day, Point Reyes National Seashore. Named in honor of those passing through the Golden Gate toward a new home. This overlook connects easily to hiking and beach options in the park, when you’ve photographed enough magnificent ocean seascape. Come for sunset on a fog-free day for an especially memorable visit.

Golden Gate Overlook

It’s a popular Instagram and wedding shot location. Golden Gate Overlook was built in 2012 to honor the 75th anniversary of the bridge, and is located just off Lincoln Boulevard. The curved plaza hugs the coastal bluff. Visitors are free to explore the former military batteries.

Crissy Field Overlook

Located along the Presidio Promenade, the Crissy Field Overlook is a popular stop for those on their way to the Golden Gate Bridge. A landscaped plaza with benches set along a curved, stone wall invites guests to take in the view. Look out into San Francisco Bay and spot Alcatraz and Angel Island. Crissy Field itself lies below, offering perfect views of its beaches, trails, and attractions.

Crissy Field, San Francisco by @LouisRaphael
Crissy Field, San Francisco by @LouisRaphael

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