Classic San Francisco Images

I couldn’t spend time in my favorite city without snapping a few classic San Francisco images.  My favorite is still a few years old, shot on our last visit:

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Marin County, looking across to the city of San Francisco California

The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Marin County, looking across to the city of San Francisco.

More classic San Francisco Images:

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco

Sitting in the middle of the bay, Alcatraz gave it’s prisoners a view of freedom out its windows. Now it is a National Recreation Area. It was once “home” to Al Capone and George “Machine-Gun” Kelly.

Dragon Gate entrance to San Francisco Chinatown

This Dragon Gate welcomes tourists to Chinatown along Grant Ave (at the intersection with Bush Street.) Locals tend to do everyday shopping one block to the west on Stockton Street.

The Cannery in San Francisco

The Cannery is now a mall with several eateries. It was originally built in 1907 (after the big earthquake) by Del Monte as the world’s largest fruit-canning plant.

The Transamerica Pyramid Building and the Sentinel Building are classic images of San Francisco

Two classic San Francisco images: The Transamerica Pyramid Building (white) is the tallest building in San Francisco. The green building in the foreground is the Sentinel Building, home to American Zoetrope – the film studio founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.

Hollow faceless statues in San Francisco's financial district

Angelic or creepy? These 12-foot faceless, hollow statues are on the 23 floor in the city’s financial district. There are 12 of them in total.

Lanterns are classic San Francisco images in the city's Chinatown

More classic than these lanterns seen in Chinatown is the drama surrounding my taking of the photo. Ignoring everything else in the alleyway including my friends encouragement to move on, I stopped to take a photo. As it turns out, just outside my photo to the right was a drug deal in action.

San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge

The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge crosses the San Francisco Bay. A section of this bridge collapsed during the earthquake of 1989.

Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco is one of the classic images of San Francisco

Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill is named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit. She left a substantial bequest “for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city I have always loved.”

A few of the classic San Francisco images that I already blogged about: 

I know we missed a few, like Lombard Street and the Painted Ladies. But overall, I think we got a good collection of the classics. We got around San Francisco on public transportation that was included on our San Francisco CityPASS.

San Francisco CityPASS

Did I capture your favorite classic San Francisco images?

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Classic San Francisco Images

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  1. says

    I love any shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a beautiful sight from the land and especially on the water. Been under it in our boat several times.

    Have a fabulous day Rhonda. 🙂

  2. says

    Wonderful images of this beautiful city. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge still gives me goosebumps every time – after 15 years! My favorite image is the one of the Chinese lanterns. The red really pops.

  3. says

    Brilliant shots Rhonda and I agree with Alex 🙂

    That Green Sentinal building is amazing, whenever I see photos of San Francisco it always reminds me of that series “Tales Of The City” from the 80’s

    Have a santastic day and I like that photo of you both too …cheers 🙂

  4. says

    Beautiful shots, I had the opportunity to vacation in San Francisco and had a wonderful time including Lombardie Street, that was when it was still open to drive down. Have a great week! And stop by and share if you would like.

  5. says

    Awesome shots, Rhonda! Brought back so many memories of my visits there – it’s been waaaaay too long since we’ve been there, might have to talk the hubby into revisiting all our favorite spots! 🙂

  6. says

    One of my favorite cities! You’ve captured it well! My last visit, we rented bikes and rode across the Golden Gate Bridge. Such a fun adventure! Thank you for taking me on a photo journey to lovely San Fran!

  7. says

    Definitely The Golden Gate Bridge image is one of San Francisco must have shots. Not to say you did get some really nice pictures all together.
    We have never been to San Francisco but it’s a place that I would like to visit one day.
    Thanks for sharing !

    • says

      There is no shortage of photo opportunities in San Francisco. Although I didn’t get to take a shot of my sourdough rolling down the hill. I was in shock and disbelief.

  8. says

    Have you seen the murals of the Mission District? If not, check them out on your next SF visit. Off the standard beaten tourist path, but they are amazing! Nearby Dolores Park and Mission Dolores are also fantastic.

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