Our Favorite Places to Sleep Under the Stars Around San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco. This city needs no introduction, across storied and unique neighborhoods, charming corners, cool weather, and the center of the Bay Area, it comes as no surprise that there is always something happening here. Whether you’ve made San Francisco your travel destination, visiting friends and family, or a local who’s curious to see what’s around home, read on for some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors, and get ready to explore!

Golden Gate Park

One of the city’s biggest centers of community and gathering also features a wide variety of activities and backdrops, from wide fields to wooded and lush footpaths, and the famed Japanese Tea Garden, the Golden Gate Park is as good of a place for your party to meet up while in San Francisco as it is a photoshoot destination. This is a great place accessible to much of the northern part of the city for group meet-ups and the more impromptu stargazing trips. 

Butano State Park

Enjoy the famous redwoods of northern California and the Bay Area, and set up camp in a truly otherworldly setting. The inspiration for mystical landscapes such as Endor from the Stars Wars series, Butano State Park is one of the many Bay Area strongholds of the famous Redwoods of California and the south of Oregon. This is a great option for those parties who wish to tour the Pacific coast and get away from the lights of the Bay Area, where the light pollution is low and the stars are in clear view at night. This is also conveniently midway between other attractions from the peninsula and South Bay including San Jose, Santa Cruz and famous Half Moon Bay. 

Mission Dolores Park

Mission Dolores and it’s wide spaces have remained a popular gathering point for San Franciscans for generations, and is also quite suitable as a group photo setting. Aside from the park itself, the neighborhoods surrounding it are a fun corner to explore here around San Francisco, with activities regularly taking place here in this part of the city. This is another great rendezvous spot for those who can’t leave the city but want a bit of a spontaneous get together spot for those on the southern part of the city. 

Baker Beach

This iconic beach is a great place to get views of the Pacific at sundown or sunset, as well as providing for beautiful oceanside photos. This is suitable for formal and casual shoots, with the beach less packed away from the peak hours. Aside from the views over the ocean, Baker Beach also gives great views of the stars over San Francisco, as well as regular views of the freighters and boats that frequent the area.

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