Here are the best spots to snap a selfie while in town for the big game. (Photo: BonninStudio/Stocksy)
Whether you are a Broncos Orange Crush member, on the Panthers bandwagon, a general football fan, or somehow lucked into a golden ticket, you will surely want to record memories of your Super Bowl trip to California.
Here are six sensational selfie spots for Super Bowl memories, based on my explorations when I lived in the area and recommendations from some trusted sources.
Super Bowl 50 is being played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. While San Francisco is claiming headquarters status for Super Bowl activities, I wanted to point out that the actual game is at least an hour from the city. So, all of these selfie spots for Super Bowl 50 travelers are closer to the stadium site than San Francisco. Enjoy!
1. Get Your Geek On
Swing by the Googleplex and snap a selfie with the adorable Droid out front (on your Android phone of course). (Photo: Asif’s photography / Alamy Stock Photo)
Google and Apple HQ are about ten miles from Levi’s Stadium and Facebook is about 15 miles away. Visit Google, grab one of its famous colorful bicycles, and take a selfie with an Android statue. At Facebook, the thumbs up icon is a popular selfie spot. The number “1” in front of Apple’s main building is its most popular selfie spot. If you are a history geek, take a treasured selfie in front of Steve Job’s garage (in Los Altos) or the birthplace of Silicon Valley sign at the HP Garage (in Palo Alto).
2. Get Religious
Strike a pose with the quirky Junipero Serra statue on highway 280. (Photo: Mike Fernwood/Flickr)
David Andre of the Santa Clara Convention & Visitors Bureau recommends two religious-themed selfie spots near Levi’s Stadium: a statue of Pope John Paul II and a 32-foot Our Lady of Peace sculpture which is lit at night. One of my favorite Silicon Valley sights, is the 110-foot statue of Junipero Serra (Saint Junipero Serra, as of September 2015) at the Crystal Springs Safety Roadside Rest Area along highway 280, about 35 miles from Levi’s Stadium. I would not be at all surprised if the statue is somehow decorated by fans of either or both teams.
3. Get Artsy
This Rodin sculpture is practically begging you to take a selfie with him. (Photo: Allie_Caulfield/Flickr)
Since you are in an exploring mood, I suggest you pop over to Stanford University in Palo Alto. A popular spot to take a selfie spot is in the Oval with the Hoover Tower in the background. A local friend, Rachel, told me that the Rodin statues at the free on-campus museum are magnificent. Some statues in the outside garden, including the magnificent The Gates of Hell, will be sensational selfie spots for Super Bowl travelers.
Related: The 10 Best Museums in the World
4. Get Kitschy
Get kitschy with it at Libby’s Water Tower in Sunnyvale. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
David Andre also suggested the pineapple at the entrance to Mercado Santa Clara. Three kitschy selfie spots I like in Santa Clara county are the Winchester Mystery House, the Libby’s Water Tower (Sunnyvale), and the giant cat statues (Los Gatos).
5. Get Natural
Pose among the towering trees at Big Basin State Park (tiny human for scale). (Photo: Miguel Vieira/Flickr)
Hug a redwood at Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek) or Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton). Both are about 75 minutes from Levi’s Stadium, by way of the magnificent scenic drives of highway 17 or highway 9. Oh, yes, in both locations look for the amazing, unique, glorious, and yucky banana slug for one selfie everyone will envy. Tag me (@CharlesMcCool on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter) so I can see it. There are countless other gorgeous natural areas, including Mount Hamilton (especially for sunsets at Grandview restaurant), Mission Peak (Fremont), and Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve (I once saw a bobcat here).
6. Get to San Francisco
San Francisco’s Tiled Steps are a classic photo spot. (Photo: Ed Bierman/Flickr)
Of course if you have not been to San Francisco, then you simply must visit the great city. Some popular SF selfie spots include Ocean Beach, hanging from a cable car, in front of the Painted Ladies, and the tiled staircase. I also strongly recommend the Santa Cruz boardwalk, Capitola beach, and Skyline Drive for spectacular selfie shots.
7. Get in the Game
Former San Francisco 49er defensive back Ronnie Lott is ready for your selfie at the 49ers Museum. (Photo: Tribune Content Agency LLC / Alamy Stock Photo)
Anything’s Possible, a sculpture of a boy playing catch with a quarterback, are across the street from Levi’s Stadium. Of course there will be other football-related selfie opportunities around Levi’s Stadium during Super Bowl week. Perhaps you will want to visit the San Francisco 49ers museum to take a selfie with their 5 Super Bowl trophies.
What are your favorite selfie spots for Super Bowl 50?