Vista Point San Francisco | Informal Campsite

United States

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Last Visited: 9 days ago
GPS: 37.83248, -122.47948
Altitude: 56.0 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Nice place to stay a night. A lot of RV's there. But amazing sunrise with a view on The Golden Gate Bridge. A little noise because of the road next to it at about 5:00 AM. Access from and directly at road 101.

This is a formal rest area where sleeping is allowed and legal for up to 8 hours. It's good for a night or two, but not a place to settle and make it a campsite. Otherwise the view is absolutely amazing and there are toilets open 24 hours. Just be aware that the place gets packed during the day and even during the night there are photographers and others around. Enjoy!

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Good parking nice view of both bridges. Nice picture opportunities. Bathrooms are open just a lot of graffiti. Feels like a good area to sleep. You get the hum of the hwy but doesn’t bother me.

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Arrived late at night and many of the parking spots were taken along the bridge-side. I parked on the other side under a street lamp where there was more privacy and less foot traffic.

Four drinking fountains are available in the corridor of the bigger restroom area. Perfect for filling up your water bottles! Lots of trash cans and recycling options too.

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Lots of people and cars coming and going and distant hum of the bridge traffic but otherwise beautiful spot. Highly recommend the discovery museum below If you have kids! One of my favorite childhood memories. Bathrooms are usable but dirty and graffitied. Lots of signs warning about theft but felt safe since there were so many people around. Park on the side that doesn’t have a view of the bridge if you are a light sleeper. Also Sausalito a little ways further is a cute town, I recommend the ole candy shop!

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Our 3th year that we passed the bridge and still a great place with amazing view. Super place to visit SF

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Great place with bathrooms. Very foggy when I stay

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Stayed two consecutive nights and no one bothered.
Gets noisy during the day as it’s a rest stop that has a perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge. But dies down evening time.
Even ordered Ubereats.

Good LTE service

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Amazing view of the golden gate bridge from your van. Woke up a few times from people playing music and smoking weed. Did even see some people smoking something else in their car. There are other tourists sleeping in their vans as well so we didn't feel unsafe.

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The sign says “Vista Point” (which it is), but it is also a state sponsored Roadside Safety Rest Area. This means that you can park/sleep here overnight (for up to 8hrs). Near the (very clean) bathrooms there is a poster explaining what you can and can’t do here.
As for the stay? You couldn’t really ask for a better view of the city of San Francisco or of the Golden Gate Bridge. The nearby 101 can be a little noisy, and if the plentiful signage is correct there are roaming thieves waiting to steal your stuff. We had a great nights sleep and felt quite safe throughout. Highly recommended for a safe rest and beautiful view.

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Great spot overlooking golden gate! Felt safe as there was a security patrol when we pulled in and other campers on the side of the parking lot not facing the bridge. Only bummer was loud fog horns from boats all through the night. Would stay again

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Great spot. As to be expected a bit noisy but this is the second time we’ve stayed and feels completely safe with police frequently patrolling and fellow vans and rvs parked on other side of restrooms. Just make sure you stay all the way to the right when coming northbound over the bridge or else you can’t get back without paying toll to go back south and try again!

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Stayed here for a night, a few other campers in the lot. Really nice views of the San Fran bridge, bathrooms with running water. A nice place to stay to sleep!

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this place was very conveniently placed and the views of the bridge were amazing! we did not stay though because there were signs all over the lot about frequent theft area and don't leave important belongings in your vehicle and stuff like that. our vehicle is home so we did not feel totally safe and decided to move on.

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Amazing view at night to overlook the city of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge! It was quiet after the sun sets and there was a view vans parked nearby

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Great spot to car camp for the night with amazing view of the city. We cooked and had dinner in the tailgate. Lots of visitors even late at night so park on the side of the restrooms if you don’t want to be disturbed by talking and cars. 24 hour restrooms a bit grim but better than nothing.

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Like everyone has said this was a great spot. It was a delight to wake up and watch the sunrise over San Fran and the Golden Gate. Bathrooms were not the cleanest but there was soap and running water.

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Stayed one night here. A bit noisy with crowds and other RVS but amazing views and great access to freeway.

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Amazing spot to spend the night in San Francisco! It a little loud but didn’t bother me. I woke up at 5am to the sound of a buzzing noise every 10 seconds I guess because boats pass under the bridge and it was foggy. Nonetheless it was really nice.

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nice place with views, staying for a night.

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Really busy. With the heavy fog I missed the exit and had to circle back. Just happy to have a restroom near.

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Great place to sleep! Got there around 11pm, parked next to a couple camper vans (we are just car camping in our suv). Left around 7 am. Still lots of tourists coming and going until around midnight or so but we slept fine. Woke up to a gorgeous sunset over the bay and a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Also nice to have a bathroom right there.

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Good spot to spend 1 night. "8 hour limit." Multiple other vans spending the night. Moderate traffic. Amazing views.

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Good spot for the night. Beautiful view. Got here late on a Monday and it was still pretty open. A couple of vans and campers. No one bothered us. There are people coming and going late and early so if you’re a light sleeper, find a secluded spot.

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The best place to sleep in San Francisco. The view is amazing! For the day, you can park your car in Marina Green parking. It's free and you have access to the public transport.

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Great Lookout, Toilets are ok.. slept in the van, no problems.

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Amazing view. If you are traveling by RV, you have to spend a night here to watch the sunset and the sun rising with Golden Gate in the background. The only cons is that the bathrooms are very dirty.

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Stayed one night. Plenty of other cars here. Not a bad place to crash. Just stay close to your car and you should be good

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We slept here in our suv for over week while visiting San Francisco during the days. Atleast 5 or 6 other rv's and car-campers were here every night too. Didn't have any problems. Working water fountains, always open washrooms. Bridge Patrol and Highway Patrol drive through every 20 minutes or so and never say anything. There was even a guy sleeping in a tent setup in a parking spot one night and they just drove right by. Fantastic view of the bridge. Sign even says that small stove use is allowed if done safely.

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Slept here for more than a week. No problems at all. Sure some traffic noise from the highway, and cars and buses etc + all the people coming/leaving the view point, but for the view and the convenient distance to the city it's a really great deal. The restrooms can be icky yes... I believe it's mostly the bus loads with the drunk party people that are leaving the huge messes but in the morning the cleaning personel does a good job and all the toilets look respectable again in terms of being able to use them (some "art" on the walls might still be left...).

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the best place in all San Francisco 10 min From the port and the best view to the city. we pass one Night with our motorhome.

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What an amazing free spot. It's definitely been a highlight of our trip waking up to the sunrise at the golden gate bridge. We spent three nights here with no issues in our 40 foot bus. There were rigs of every kind here from moving trucks to rental RVs to vans to unimogs.

As others suggested it's best to clear out during the day and park at Marina Green parkinglot which is walking distance to everything downtown.

Parking got much busier on the weekend and some of the RVs were double parked Saturday morning.

Theres a water faucet outside but you'll need a sillcock key to turn it on.

I thought that my time in Asia had hardened me in the ways of filthy bathrooms, but nothing could've prepared me for this.

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Parked beside a couple RVs here for one night. Saw one vehicle with a smashed window. Bathrooms were less than satisfactory for sure, and didn't really feel safe at all here. Wouldn't recommend leaving your car out of sight here. Can't deny that it was a super convenient place to sleep though.

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We stayed here for three nights in total. Loads of signs saying beware of theft but we did not see any incidents. We stayed with our vehicle whilst there as we only slept there. Toilets were ok and it was pretty quiet at night.
During the day we drove down to the marina carpark which is free parking between 0600 and 2200hrs, and explored from there. We used Uber cabs once that was very reasonable.
Alcatraz was also a great trip.

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Incredible view of the Golden Gate and San Francisco city. Good if you're in a pinch but if you're looking for somewhere quiet, look elsewhere. Didn't bother us much but there's people up and around at all times of the night.

We were headed southbound and had to come back across the bridge so ended up having to pay another $8 the next day.

Washrooms here are horrid.

We only stayed here one night

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Arrived about 7:30pm...lots of open spots. Some noise from cars crossing the bridge, but worse noise from people parking right next to our exit doors and slamming their doors late at night. Woke up early to find they had also leaned out and left a pile of vomit between our vehicles.

The bathrooms are a mess...hover well and may have to bring your own TP as most of what was available was all over the floor.

Good if you’re arriving late and need a quick night to stay, but park so you can easily get in and out of your vehicle because people like to cluster here.

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Slept in our car 2 nights here. Never bothered. Couples of RV and car with us. Busier on weekends obviously. Washrooms are not the cleanest but are a good wind blocker for camping stove if needed. A perfect place for no cost.

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Slept here one night without problems, was quiet loud, restrooms are the worst I’ve ever seen, so good for a quick rest while explore sf

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Great, easy, free overnight parking. Can get busy. SO close to the Bridge. Fantastic morning views. Loads of tourists though. $8 toll to go southbound to SF, free to go northbound. Can only be accessed going northbound. Exit at “vista point” almost immediately after the bridge, hairpin turn.

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Rest Area with Golden Gate Bridge view. Allowed to stay up to 8h - but you can stay longer without troubles. We slept here 3 nights came in at 10pm and left around 10am. Only negativ you have to pay the bridge toll ($8) everday to enter to San Fran.

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I absolutely cannot recommend this place for safety reasons, we saw 3 vehicles with broken windows, so moved away asap! There were many signs with warning about thieves.

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stayed here one night. It was kinda noisy also a Saturday night. Bathrooms are open all night. In the morning there were clean ones. We saw the cops roll by twice. There were many other vehicles staying over night so we felt safe. Amazing night view of the bridge.

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This was a great stop to spend the night. The bathrooms were open late and no one bothered me at all. Woke up refreshed after having walked across the bridge the night before. I saw only signs about the thefts problem, other wise no troubles. The couple in the Westie next to me were really cool and we traded tips and information like nomads do!

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Stayed here one night, would have stayed more but worried about theft and breakins, as we’ve heard from every local are rampant. It was pretty noisy but not unbearable, though we were woken up at 5:30am Sunday morning by a rock n roll marathon with a full band. Like others said, bathrooms are dirty but certainly usable.
Also note it’s only accessible from the northbound lanes of the GG bridge, so if you plan on entering SF you have to pay the $8 toll every time. Not driving back into Vista Point from the south though.

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Stayed here one night when we arrived in San Fran. Great for first night as you wake up to a beautiful view of the city (and get an even more amazing view at night). It is definitely not the best spot for long term, very busy though we didn't find it too loud during the night.

Bathrooms were very dirty but better than pooping in a bag. Didn't feel the most safe though there are several other campers parked there I would assume basically every night. We were wedged between an RV and a camper, both fellow Canadians :)

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open lot. exposed to elements if weather turns. overall no issue with one night.

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Stayed one night here with SUV camper. Noisy before midnight. Quiet after that even in the morning(weekday, noisy on weekends). Another 3 camper parked. No one bothered except a car playing music in late night but left later.
Really GORGEOUS view!

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it is a rest stop with view of golden gate bridge. did stay for one night. it can be very noisy at night and morning.

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Nice, quiet and free parking lot to stay overnight.
Incredible San Francisco view day and night.
There are restrooms close (but don’t know how clean or useful they are).

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We had a van. We spend 1 night there, no problem. Quiet at night. Some other vans. 1st tourists at sunrise. Restrooms not very clean

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Better views and more safe than Presidio so we spent two nights here and there seems to always be enough space for everyone if arriving before 10pm and the police patrolls the lot but no issues with them. The first night a night marathon had a relay point right next to our camper with people screaming to boost the spirit of runners from 2am til 8am. The 2nd night was quiet. Gents' toilets were far from clean.

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Local permitido para viajantes dormirem em seus carros, trailers ou motorhomes. O movimento do local é grande por ser o principal ponto turístico da cidade, então terá movimentação de turistas desde cedo da manhã até tarde da noite. O banheiro estava bastante sujo. Mas acho que é o lugar mais marcante para se dormir na cidade.

Allowed place for travelers to sleep in their cars, trailers or motorhomes. The movement of the place is great because it is the main tourist point of the city, then it will have movement of tourists from early morning until late at night. The bathroom was pretty dirty. But I think it's the most striking place to sleep in the city.

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Stayed here 1 night in a truck + camper. There was a couple of other RV’s here and a steady amount of people checking out the viewpoint the whole night. We had a group of drunk people yelling at our camper and pushing it at one point around 1am which was scary, but other than that had no issues.

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Premier Spot avec le van. beaucoup de vent mais jolie vue sur le golden gate.

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Great place to stay for the night. Quiet free and lots of other campers. Police there in the morning but didn't bother anyone.

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Great free place to stay at San Francisco, basically a free campsite so many campers. Quiet too.

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Estuvimos 4 noches, un poco ruidoso pero seguro ya que es un área de descanso. Baños 24 horas aceptables.

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Stayed here for the night. Many others parked here for the night as well. Wasn’t as loud as I expected.
Bathrooms and running water here as well. Would come back :)

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Noisy during (ear plug useful) night but there is an incredible view of the golden gate.

Access closed for cars from 11 am to 5 pm during we until 6th September.

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Indeed a good place to stay for free close to SF. View is great, you do have a 24h toilet block and you are for sure not the only camper here, from rooftop tent to big rig you see everything. Relatively quiet during the night, safe and legal (police car drove by several times).

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Still a perfect place without NO signs and a awesome view to the Bridge and the skyline; we spend 4.nights there without any trouble, but it would be great if people with big rigs wouldn’t block several designated parking spots AND the bus parking until late in the morning otherwise these free parking opportunity will be gone very soon!
Please value these opportunities also the toilets and the work of the men who are keeping it clean.Thank You.

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Beautiful view in the bridge and San Francisco. We stayed 3 nights with no problems. The noice from 101 was not as bad as expected.

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Nice spot with a stunning view. But pay attention: you can only access the area coming from San Francisco. When coming from north, you have to drive over the bridge (&pay), turn around and enter from this side.

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Great spot to park for the night. Public restrooms. No one bothering you if you sleep in your car. Sucks that you have to pay 7.75 to cross the bridge but well worth it for the quiet and safety and not being ticketed.

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For busy days the access ramp to the vista point is closed to avoid traffic jams on the bridge.
We were in SFO on Thanksgiving Weekend and traffic at ALL vista points was just mad.
Only busses were allowed to enter this vista point.

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Great place to see the sunrise and sunset above San Francisco. We stayed here for 4 nights. At the day we went to the beach at Chelsie park near Marine Blvd, great beach with view on the bridge and Alcatraz

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Nice place to stay a night. A lot of RV's there. But Amazing Sunrise with a vue on The Golden Gate Bridge. A Little noise because of the road next to it atout 5:00 AM. Access from and directly at road 101.

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This is a formal rest area where sleeping is allowed and legal. It's good for a night or two, but not a place to settle and make it a campsite.

Otherwise the view is absolutely amazing and there are toilets open 24 hours. Just be aware that the place gets packed during the day and even during the night there are photographers and others around.

Enjoy!

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