Best Place to View the Blue Angels
There are a number of places in San Francisco where you can score a great view.
PIER 39 is located far enough east of the air show that you'll be able to see most of the flying formations. It is also home to a large number of dining and entertainment options. You can get to PIER 39 directly on the F Line streetcar.
What better way to see the fireworks show then right on the bay? Book a bay cruise during Fleet Week and watch the airshow from a unique perspective.
If you'd rather be a little farther away from the main action of Fleet Week but still want to see the Blue Angels do their thing, Marina Green is a great option. To get to Marina Green, take the 22 Muni bus to its last stop at Fillmore and Bay Streets.
To be right in the heart of Fleet Week and to watch the Blue Angels fly directly overhead, Crissy Field is the place to go. Make sure to get there early, since most people arrive well before the performance begins. The 30 Muni bus terminates at Crissy Field, making for an easy ride.
The Marin Headlands is a hilly peninsula on the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. You'll encounter smaller crowds here, but you can still expect an excellent view of the Blue Angels. To get to the Marin Headlands, you'll have to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Located near Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park has grassy fields where spectators can gather. The elevated terrain makes it easy to see the planes in the air. To get there, take the Powell-Hyde cable car to its final stop between Beach and Jefferson Streets.
Top of the Mark
Top of the Mark is a rooftop bar at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill. It offers an elevated view that puts you almost parallel with the Blue Angels themselves. Take the 1 Muni bus line or the California Street cable car to get there.
Treasure Island offers an interesting perspective. Although it is farther away than most other locations, it provides an unobstructed view of the bay. To get to Treasure Island, take the 25 Muni bus.
Coit Tower not only offers a wonderful view of the Blue Angels, but it also provides an impressive view of the city below. To get to Coit Tower, you can take the 39 Muni bus—or, if you're feeling brave, take the stairs.
Twin Peaks puts you 1,000 feet above sea level, giving you a full view of the Blue Angels, as well as the entire city. Arrive at Twin Peaks by taking the 33 or 37 Muni bus lines.
The Blue Angels put on a show you should not miss. Finding the best vantage point will ensure you create an indelible memory at Fleet Week.