The classical Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District is a haven for romantic inspiration. Constructed in 1915, it has endured earthquakes and restorations, proving that it is long lasting – much like a good relationship. I take time to enjoy the hands-on science exhibits inside the Exploratorium museum, but I also make sure to spend time by the lagoon and gaze at the enormous building and its decorative details, including winged Roman and Greek figures that reflect on the water. I wish my first kiss was at a place a fraction as romantic as this palatial site.
The best times to shoot are in the morning or at dusk when the sunlight makes the golden-hued rotunda and surrounding columns seem to glow. For a great, scenic San Francisco photograph, stand on the grassy knoll with the adjacent lagoon, spouting water fountain, and palace in front of you. It’s definitely one of most romantic photo opportunities San Francisco has to offer.
The Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon St.
San Francisco, California 94123