San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco at Night
Picture of San Francisco Bay at night
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The San Francisco Bay Area is a metropolitan region that surrounds San Francisco and San Pablo Bays in Northern California. The area covers large areas like San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. But it also covers many small rural and urban cities. The bay area has a total of 101 cities and nine counties, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma. In total, it covers an area of 7,000 square miles.

The total population of the Bay area is approximately 7.2 million people. San Jose is the thickest populated city in the country when comparing number of people and total area of coverage. The Bay Area has the 49th largest urban area in the world and it is often referred to as the Francisco-Oakland-San Jose urban areas. According to the United States Census, the Bay Area also has the highest median household income in the nation. In terms of economics, it is the second largest financial center in the country, too, following behind New York.

The San Francisco Bay Area has includes a number of military base camps, airports and national parks. It is connected through a huge network of roads, highways and tunnels. Visitors to this area will find great landmarks, beautiful attractions and other features that make the Bay Area a place to consider for a vacation.

Some of the main attractions in San Francisco includes:

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island Panorama
Panorama view of Alcatraz Island from San Francisco Bay, facing east. To the right, you can see Sather Tower and UC Berkeley
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Cable cars

Cable car at Powell & Ellis
San Francisco’s cable car at Powell & Ellis
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San Francisco's Cable Car at Lombard Street
San Francisco’s cable car at Lombard Street
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Chinatown Gate at Grant Street in San Francisco
Chinatown Gate at Grant Street
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Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street in Chinatown, San Francisco
Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street at Chinatown
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Fisherman’s Wharf

Picture of Boats at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
Picture of Boats at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco
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Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf
Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf
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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge Panorama
Panorama view of Golden Gate Bridge
Photo by: kevin, Creative Commons

Lombard Street

Panorama View of Lombard Street
Panorama view of Lombard Street in San Francisco, California
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2 responses to “San Francisco Bay Area”

  1. ipunk says:

    I’ve been there. Its one of the amazing bridge i’ve seen in my life. Soooo big.. Wanna go back there again next year 😉

  2. majesty says:

    looks beautiful

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