San Francisco Bay

The San Francisco Bay Area, generally known as the Bay Area, is a metropolitan region surrounding the San Francisco and San Pablo fjords located in Northern California. The areas includes metropolitan regions like (12th largest in the country) San Francisco-Oakland, (31st largest in the country) San Jose in addition to smaller urban and rural parts.The Bay Area is surrounded by three prominent cities. San Francisco is the financial and traditional center of the metropolitan region and Northern California and is popular for its fabulous skyline, shard inclined hills, classic streetcars, cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is considered as the second-most heavily populated large city in the United States.  San Francisco Bay Cityscape could be mesmerizing from several points.

San Francisco Bay Information

Coordinates 37.7166°N 122.283°W
River Sources Sacramento River
San Joaquin River
Ocean / Sea Sources Pacific Ocean
Countries United States
Max. Length 60 mi (97 km)
Max. Width 12 mi (19 km)
Surface Area 400 to 1,600 sq mi (1,000 to 4,100 km2)
Settlements San Francisco
San Jose


San Francisco Bay

San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge

Carries 10 lanes (5 westbound on upper level, 5 eastbound on lower) of I-80
Crosses San Francisco Bay via Yerba Buena Island
Locale San Francisco and Oakland
Maintained by California Department of Transportation
ID Number ++++++34+0003
Designer Charles H. Purcell
Design Double-decked Suspension, Cantilever Bridge, Truss causeway and Tunnel
Material Steel, concrete
Total Length West: 10,304 feet (3,141 m)
East: 10,176 feet (3,102 m)
Total: 4.46 miles (7.18 km)
excluding approaches
Width 5 traffic lanes totaling 57.5 feet (17.5 m)
Height West: 526 feet (160 m)
Longest Span West: two main spans
2,310 feet (700 m)
East: one main span
1,400 feet (430 m)
Vertical Clearance Westbound minimum 14 feet (4.3 m), with additional clearance in some lanes
Clearance Below West: 220 feet (67 m)
East: 191 feet (58 m)
Construction Begin July 8, 1933
Opened November 12, 1936; 74 years ago
Toll Cars (east span, westbound only)
$6.00 (rush hours)
$2.50 (carpool rush hours)
$4.00 (weekday non-rush hours)
$5.00 (weekend all day)
Daily Traffic 270,000

San Francisco Bay Cityscape

There are a few places that are part of San Francisco Bay and add to its relevance and beauty.

Alcatraz Island

On the bay is situated Alcatraz Island, which has also bagged a Hillman Bronze Medal. Earlier it was as high-security federal prison for infamous criminals such as Al Capone. There is a facility of boats will can take you there.

Bay / Cityscape

Nature rich San Francisco Bay is the world's biggest deep-water harbor. It covers the lovely San Francisco city, which was constructed on 46 hills. This enables to create the charming swinging cityscape clad mostly small buildings. Skyscrapers are restricted to a small number.

Cable Cars

Cable Cars are also a Hillman Bronze Medal winner. They are also acknowledged as National Historic Monument, an awesome title for these quaint cars. This is operated through three lines up and down San Francisco's steep hills.


It is one of two biggest Chinese communities outside the east. Grant Avenue is the main trail, where several restaurants thrive.

Fisherman's Wharf

In this the tourist restaurants are available all over.  Several of them overlook picturesque fishing boats. Outdoor vendors can be found cooking crabs in huge, steaming vats.

Golden Gate Bridge

This is acknowledged as San Francisco's most popular landmark. It is 60-stories tall. Its main area stretches 1300 meters (4200 feet) over water. Nevertheless, some new bridges in the world have outpaced its engineering feats, it will continue to attract the tourists across the world towards its stunningly beauty.

Lombard Street

Sharp inclined, bricked street with eight curves in a single block which descends from Hyde Street.

Golden Gate Park

Its over 1,000 green belt acres were nothing but sand dunes nearly 100 years ago. The places to visit are conservatory and the Japanese Garden.

Ghirardelli Square

Eye-catching sequence of restaurants and shops developed in complex of brick buildings, a few of them were once factories, is the most appealing sightseeing.


This is identical to Ghirardelli Square, but established in restored warehouse.

Mission Dolores

It is counted as the sixth of California's chain of missions and one of the city's oldest buildings.

North Beach

This part is located in the north beach and populated with Bohemian quarter. It is one area coupled with tourist entertainment traps.

More Notables

Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, Maiden Lane, Oakland Bay Bridge, Presideo, Seal Rock, Twin Peaks, and Union Square, Market Street, Ferry Building are some more places to see and spend time.

Best Views

Outstanding view can be witnessed from these lounges and restaurants: Carnelian Room, and Sky Deck. Other most famous vantage points encompass Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, Top of the Mark, and Marin Headlands. And, you will get mesmerizing glimpses of the San Francisco Bay and cityscape as you walk along the hill-steep streets or ride the fabulous cable cars.

Fog Show

You would be lucky to have visited San Francisco when a massive incoming fog bank sweeps over the Golden Gate Bridge and thrashes over city buildings just like a gentle tidal wave. It’s equally fabulous and phenomenal sight.