The best places for stargazing in the San Francisco Bay Area are at some of the most visually beautiful spots.
Looking up at the night’s sky has fascinated people for all centuries. More than 400 years ago, astronomer Galileo Galilei, wrote in his book “From Doubt to Astonishment” (Venice 1610), “It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.”
It does not matter whether you watch the star-filled skies from an armchair as a hobby or as a pro-am astronomer. Every night the stars, moons, planets and celestial bodies give a sparkling show. Our imagination can take flight with all possibilities.
When stargazing, the evenings are clear and cool, so dress comfortably in layers.
Here are nine San Francisco Bay Area picks:
TWIN PEAKS, 501 Twin Peaks Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA This place is directly in San Francisco. So close by and beautiful there is no excuse not to try stargazing at least once! On a clear night climb up the steps for better views. Once the fog rolls in the scenery can quickly change to a classic San Francisco.
CLIFF HOUSE, 1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA
San Francisco’s own historic Cliff House is a great spot for heavenly stargazing. Facing the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean, the area has many spots for sky watching.
MOUNT DIABLO, Summit Rd, Walnut Creek, CA, USA
Stargazing in the San Francisco Bay Area can not only be awe-inspiring but educational. Open, close up views make this spot a favorite of amateur and professional stargazers.
LANDS END, Seal Rock Drive & El Camino Del Mar, San Francisco, CA 94101, USA
During the day this park has stunning views including rocky cliffs, the Marin coastline, and Golden Gate Bridge. There are walking paths all along the Sea Cliff neighborhood. In the evening it offers stargazing with the lights Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop.
GRANDVIEW PARK, 14th Ave San Francisco, CA 94122, between Moraga Street & 14th Ave, USA
Located in the Inner Sunset peaceful park is a wonderful place to stargaze. It offers wide landscape views on a clear night.
MARIN HEADLANDS, Old Conzelman Rd, Mill Valley, CA, USA
Views of the Golden Gate Bridge add to the charm of this lovely stargazing road. Open and easy to park, the skies fill up with stars as you appreciate the splendid views of the Bay Area skies.
MOUNT TAMALPAIS State Park, 3801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA, USA
Look no further than this State Park close to the city. Mount Tamalpais has wonderful contrasting stargazing views as it is free of the cities light pollution.
POINT REYES National Seashore, 27000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA, USA
Point Reyes has many sights to see on a clear evening. View of the water, wildlife, and skyline harmonize with the star-filled sky.
CHINA CAMP State Park, 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael, CA, USA
If you have some extra time consider stargazing by camping under the night’s sky. The canopy of stars, panorama skyline views, and the bay scenery is breathtaking.