3 of the best places to get photos with the Golden Gate Bridge

August 23, 2018

3 of the best places to get photos with the Golden Gate Bridge

In this blog post I’ll be sharing 3 of the best places to get photos with the Golden Gate Bridge – or of it if you’re not one of those content creators who needs to be in their photos all the time… guilty as charged. These Golden Gate Bridge picture spots will have you travelling around San Francisco to appreciate it from three spectacular locations but before I share them, let’s learn some facts about the Golden Gate Bridge.

PSA: These photos are from 2018 so be a little forgiving on the quality and my old edits! New photos and locations coming 2022.

It might no longer be the tallest, or the longest but the Golden Gate Bridge is most definitely the most photographed bridge in the world. More than 10 million people come to visit Irving Morrow’s iconic structure each year and is it really any wonder why? With its 746ft tall towers, art deco style and unmistakable “International Orange” the Golden Gate Bridge is a triumph to be marvelled at.

Golden Gate Bridge was built over four years to connect San Francisco to Marin County which previously was reached by ferry boat. On May 28th 1937 the bridge was opened to traffic and as of January 2014, 2,025,883,491 vehicles have crossed the Golden Gate Bridge*.

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What’s truly magic about the Golden Gate Bridge is her relationship to the ever changing fog that rolls across the bay, sometimes concealing her entirely and often allowing only the very tops of her towers to peak through. No matter what time of year you visit you’re in for a treat.

I’ve picked these three place to get photos with the Golden Gate Bridge because each one of these Golden Gate Bridge picture spots offers a completely different perspective of the bridge and none of the environments are the same. Of these three Golden Gate Bridge photo spots Baker Beach offers views from far away, getting the whole bridge in the frame, Battery Spencer takes you up a mountain to look down on the bridge and the city and Fort Point gives you to opportunity to view the Golden Gate Bridge from underneath whilst looking out across the bay.

Here’s 3 of the best places to get photos with the Golden Gate Bridge:

1. Golden Gate Bridge photo spot: Baker Beach

Baker Beach is a mile long public beach located Northwest of the city. It’s not safe for swimming due to large waves and rip currents but it’s popular for fishing and incredible views for pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. In fact it’s my favourite spot to take photos of and with the Golden Gate Bridge.

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You can easily do all three of these places to get photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in one day but if you’re going to do that, I suggest planning them all around Baker Beach as the best photo spot is reliant on tide times. The earlier you can get to Baker Bridge, the better because unlike the other two there isn’t a lot of space on top and around the rocks so if it’s busy people might get in your shot or worse, be impatient with you. You know how it can be.

Check the tide times for Baker Beach in advance here. For anyone who is unsure of tide times, you want to arrive as close to low tide as possible, and avoid getting there around high tide. 

Parking at Baker Beach for photos of Golden Gate Bridge

There is a free beachfront car park (parking lot) with an overflow at Baker Bridge. Continue past the overflow and down to the beach front to get the closest spaces to the beach. Please don’t leave any belongings visible in your car, San Fran is notorious for car break-ins so lock it away or keep it on you.

How to get to Golden Gate Bridge photo spot on Baker Beach

If you’re facing the beach, the entrance to Baker Beach is in the right hand corner of the car park. Once you’re on the beach turn right and keep walking towards the Golden Gate Bridge until you reach the rocks that prevent you from going further, this will take about 15mins. As you’ve planned to be there around low tide, you will be able to walk around the left of the first set of rocks. Climb up the second set of rocks from the right hand side, you want to be standing along the third ridge on the far left. Please be careful and wear shoes with good grip and be sensible when climbing these rocks. They’re not very high, but you don’t want to slip.

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To get to the Golden Gate Bridge photo spot where I was for these images, you want to walk between the rocks. Just be careful not to damage any of the marine life attached to the rocks on either side. Once you’re through to the other side it is here that you’ll be able to stand in the sand with an unobstructed view of the bridge. This is my personal favourite place to take photos with the Golden Gate Bridge on my list.

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FYI the far end of the beach, near the rocks, is the nudist section so don’t be alarmed if people around you start shedding their clothes. Unless it looks like they have hypothermia from these cold ass waters.

2. Golden Gate Bridge photo spot: Fort Point

Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 with the means to protect and defend San Francisco Bay. It has survived the Gold Rush, earthquakes, Civil War and World War II and even escaped demolition in 1930 before the original plans to build the Golden Gate Bridge changed to build around the fort rather in place of it. These days this ideal spot for taking photos of the Golden Gate Bridge is a museum which is only open Friday – Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm.

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Parking at Fort Point for photos of Golden Gate Bridge

There are free parking spaces all along the waterfront leading up to Fort Point. For the best angles of Golden Gate Bridge aim to park in the second from last section of parking spaces. It’s not the end of the world if you can’t, it just saves you from having to walk there. 

How to get to Golden Gate Bridge photo spot at Fort Point

To get the this amazing and super easy location to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge, all you have to do is step over the chain railing that’s in front of the parking bays to the edge of the promenade and you’ve got the perfect spot anywhere along there, depending on how much of the bridge you want in. The closer you get to Fort Point the less you will capture as you are underneath it, but if you want the whole bridge in, position yourself in front of the parking spaces I mentioned just above.

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3. Golden Gate Bridge photo spot: Battery Spencer

Just like Fort Point, Battery Spencer was another area of defence for San Francisco bay and harbour. Though the buildings are in poor shape as they were scrapped for anything that could contribute to World War II, you can still walk around them and see where the 12” guns would have been manned.

Unlike the other two on this list of best places to get photos with the Golden Gate Bridge, Battery Spencer requires driving across the Golden Gate Bridge. There isn’t a toll fee to leave the city but there is an $8 fee to enter the city. To save time crossing, the toll booths have been removed and payment is now made online. Pay for the crossing here, you will need a credit card, the vehicle license plate number, the state of registration and the dates of your toll crossings. 

Parking at Battery Spencer for photos of Golden Gate Bridge​

Parking at Battery Spencer for views of the Golden Gate Bridge is free but limited. The best parking is right outside the park entrance but it’s hard to tell if there will be empty spaces at the top as you’re going up, so I suggest parking when you see a space then walk up to the park entrance from there.

How to get to Golden Gate Bridge photo spot at Battery Spencer

From the entrance of Battery Park walk up the path until it opens out at the edge of the cliff. There’s no one monitoring the area so it is possible to get photos on the other side of the rope, but of course this is at your own risk.

PFH Top Tip: It’s incredibly windy up there so make sure you don’t wear anything that can blow away and maybe tie your hair up if you don’t want it looking unruly in photos.

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There you have it, 3 of the best places to get photos with the Golden Gate Bridge.

As I mentioned at the start, these photos are from 2018 but I will be updating them and adding new Golden Gate Bridge photo spots in 2022.

If photos of or with iconic landmarks is something that thrills you then you may be interested in one of my other popular blog posts, Best locations to photograph Tower Bridge.

Do more on & for the planet, Gabriella

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