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Most Instagrammable Places in San Francisco, Only Locals Would Know

Skip the crowds and head straight for photo worthy spots, that only traveling like a local will uncover. Sign up today for a free mini guide in your inbox.

Why Virgil?

Planning your trip just got a lot easier. Rather than spending hours digging through websites and reviews, to then run into crowds and expensive tourist traps. Get the inside scoop on the best and most loved experiences by city locals themselves.

 

Virgil uses real locals to recommend and curate only the best travel experiences. With the cities you visit always changing, consider our locals the perfect experts to provide you with the most up to date information.

 

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View Some Areas that Locals Love Getting Their Photos Taken

We’re sure you’ve heard of the Golden Gate Bridge... but do you know where the best unobstructed and uncrowded view of it is for the best photos? Our locals do...

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Patrick's Pick

Balmy Alley

Neighborhood - Mission

This hidden alley in the heart of the Mission shows the history and challenges of the largely Latino community. Vibrant colors and new art makes this a must see.

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Coit Tower

Neighborhood - Telegraph Hill

Seen in films like Vertigo, Clint Eastwood in The Enforcer, and The Rock this is a San Francisco classic. Hike up to the top for an unbelievable view.

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Lombard Street

Neighborhood - Russian Hill

While Lombard Street is very well known if you can visit during working hours you can have the street to yourself to drive or walk down to see the beautiful trees and flowers.

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Palace of Fine Arts

Neighborhood - Marina

Rome? Sorry... Rome? Sorry... Rome? Originally built in 1915 it has been rebuilt to last for decades to come. The structures are so massive and gorgeous many take their wedding photos here.

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After grinding it at work during COVID all I wanted was some good live music, cocktails, and fantastic food while avoiding the tourist traps. That's exactly what I got when I worked through Virgil!

Alan T.

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I always spent hours trying to figure out where I wanted to go and what I'd feel comfortable with while traveling alone. Patrick and Virgil helped me plan my perfect solo travel and met fantastic people! Definitely will be back!

Nia J.

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It can be a challenge to find what events are going on in a city while I'm traveling. Patrick sent me some fantastic small concerts and vintage fairs to check out. If you haven't used Virgil I highly recommend it!

Jared P.

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