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September 18, 2014

The Best View of San Francisco is...

Looking for the perfect photo op? The view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands has been named one of the most beautiful views in America, according to U.S. News & World Report, ranking among the likes of the Grand Canyon and the Kalalau Trail in Kauai.

Best seen from Marin Headlands

According to a Cornell University research study, San Francisco is the United States' second-most photographed metropolis, next to New York City. Exposed on the tip of a peninsula, San Francisco is inherently photogenic, standing still (usually) for adoring tourists to shoot from all angles. However, its most memorable feature — the Golden Gate Bridge — is outside of downtown. Therefore, the iconic "Look at me! I'm in San Francisco!” shot, featuring both the bridge and the city, is difficult to capture. But we've done your homework for you and found the sublime spot for this quintessential photo. Across San Francisco Bay from the city, the Marin Headlands rise above the water to offer panoramic views. Here, you can capture the bridge, Alcatraz and the downtown area all in a single image. And since you've made the trek over, you might as well stick around to enjoy the headlands' beaches and hiking trails.

Second Place: Horseshoe Bay

On the east side of the Golden Gate Bridge (opposite the Marin Headlands), Fort Baker was once an army outpost. The soldiers have now relocated elsewhere and a luxury hotel, Cavallo Point, has moved into the officers' homes. Even if you aren't staying at the hotel, you can still adore the view from the dock at Horseshoe Bay, located out front.

It's no suprise to us that we are one of the top photographed cities in the US. Apart from the Golden Gate Bridge, we have Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf and the Embarcadero to boot.

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