San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge at Night

This is one of the classic views of San Francisco you shouldn’t miss. If you have limited time in the city, make sure it’s on your list. Driving up Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands will surely be a highlight of your trip.

The views are truly amazing during the day and in almost any kind of weather. One of my favorite images is of the Golden Gate Bridge at dusk while the city is completely covered by fog.

However, my favorite time to come up here is at night. Seeing the Bridge lit up and reflected in the ocean while the city appears to be an endless sea of lights is really special.

If you want to take pictures at night, you have two options:

To photograph from Hawk Hill, where this picture was taken, you need to come around sunset time before it gets dark. On your way up you will notice a gate and a sign stating that the gate will be closed after sunset. Once it gets dark, park rangers will ask you to leave the area, so you will not have a lot of time to take your pictures. However, if you are prepared and ready to go, you will still be able to take a good number of pictures.

Your second option is to stop at one of the view points outside of the gated area further down the hill. Here you can take your time and no one will ask you to leave.

As the views are very different from each view point, I try to start at Hawk Hill. After the gate is closed, I head back down the hill and usually stop at one or two other points to take more pictures. A popular stop is Battery Spencer, but it is usually also very crowded.

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~ by tripgalleries on July 14, 2009.

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