Sunsets in San Francisco: 10 of SF's BEST Spots NOW

Sunsets in San Francisco are some of the most memorable moments to enjoy when visiting the Bay Area. There’s something about watching the sun recede into hiding and watching the sky activate it’s vibrant colors. Here we will look at 5 of the best places to watch the sun go down in San Francisco.

10 Sunset Spots in San Francisco to GET to NOW

Embarcadero Waterfront

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Just because you aren’t perched atop a hill doesn’t mean that you can’t witness an epic sunset. Head anywhere along the Embarcadero to experience beauty in action. The cacophony of the day fading combined with Bay views puts this on my top list for sure. TWO popular Embarcadero spots include, Pier 7 & Cupids Span

Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks is the spot for sunsets in San Francisco. The beauty of Twin Peaks is the 360 views it provides sunset chasers and its relatively easy accessibility. Be forewarned. This place gets very busy but don’t let it thwart your efforts as there is an abundance of different viewing areas up there.

Coit Tower

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Coit Tower is one of San Franciscos prominent landmarks that you probably have seen when entering the city. Situated in North Beach, Coit Tower provides lovely views towards the Bridge and East Bay areas as well as direct Golden Gate Bridge views. 

Grandview Park

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The name speaks for itself at Grandview Park. Besides for it’s unbelievable views over Golden Gate Park and the Sunset/Richmond District, Grandview park requires some serious effort to reach. 

Steep, and very steep stairs if you take the long route up or more steepness but tough parking situations if you drive up closer to the viewing sections. 

Combine your trip here with the 16th street stairs it’s one memorable way to end your day.

Bernal Heights Park

Bernal Heights Park is a lowkey gem on this list. Often overlooked by everywhere else on this list and more, Bernal Heights shows off more of Eastern SF and the East Bay. Those who live in the Mission/ Bernal Heights Area will love frequenting this spot. 

Ocean Beach

The outskirts of San Francisco are not the easiest to get to, but are definitely worthwhile. Yes, I’m talking about Ocean Beach. San Francisco’s surf neighborhood makes for unforgettable sunsets if you can venture your way here in time!

Lands End

Lands End is one of the most popular hikes in San Francisco. If you can pair it with a sunset, you have won the golden ticket. Bring a friend, some water, and revel in the beauty from this iconic spot.

Baker Beach

Baker Beach provides visitors with one of the most iconic Golden Gate Bridge shots. When the lighting is right here, this is easily the best place to witness a San Francisco Sunset. 

Crissy Field

Crissy Field is the best place on this list to gather with friends for a sunset. Relatively easy access and spacious room make it an ideal area to have a sunset picnic or lounge on the waterfront grass. 

Alcatraz + Ocean

For the lucky people who own boats, taking in a sunset from the water is an unreal experience. If you don’t own a boat but want to take in views from the most notorious prison in the world, do the night time trip to Alcatraz and take advantage of the colors from the water!

San Francisco Travel Guides

Sunsets in San Francisco are abundant and are not to be missed. When given the opportunity, I hope you will find yourself at one of these locations because you won’t regret it. 

I hope this has helped you in anyway, and if it has, please share with someone who loves chasing that last light of the day. 

For more travel guides in the BAY, refer to my North Beach, San Francisco guides. 


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