Bay Area Photography: Best Sunrise & Sunset Spots

With great location comes great opportunities for scenic moments. This is a collection of some of my favorite spots I’ve had the chance to frequent over the years while expanding my Bay Area photography. With these spots listed your eyes will be happy they rose early or extended themselves into the evening.

Twin Peaks

twin peaks
sunset bay area

If you’re in San Francisco and need the ultimate spot, THIS IS IT. Without a doubt the best views & with a 360 perspective, you get a taste of it all.

Lake Merritt

lake merritt

Merritt won’t give you any type of heightened view or advantageous vantage point, but the lake vibe & vibrant lake reflections make it all worth your while.

Berkeley Marina

Bay area sunset

An easily overlooked stop to take in the beginning or end of the day. Insider tip: grab a Mai Tai from Trader Vic’s before the glory unfolds in front of you.

Treasure Island

bay area sunset

This used to be my favorite spot for sure but with recent island renovations that has changed. With limited access to avenue of the palms the beauty & ease has drastically affected the viewing pleasure. However, this is still a great option.

Mt. Tamalpais

mt tamalpais

Mt. Tam is a photographers dream and is my favorite spot for sunset in the North Bay region. With windy roads & unobstructed 360 views depending on where you position yourself, Mt. Tam can’t be missed. Bring your camera so you can catch the coastal fog lingering on the hillsides.

Middle Harbor Shoreline

Drone over Middle Harbor

Definitely a hidden gem here but will require little more of an effort getting here. Tucked away next to Oakland’s shipping port this lightly trafficked park gives you the closest view of the bridge & Treasure Island. Just watch out for duck droppings as they are everywhere.

Grizzly Peak

Grizzly Peak aka Fish Ranch is the top dog in the East Bay. With ridge line views of the surrounding area & into San Francisco, this spot never disappoints unless it’s cloudy. Even when cloudy, still worthwhile to enjoy your time up in the clouds

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