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We will show you over 20 webcams in San Francisco area. San Francisco, known as the "City by the Bay," is a worldly and seductive place, full of culture, magnificent sights and outstanding food. Its famous sights include the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Victorian Row houses and its steep rolling hills. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, the city is subject to thick fog that rolls-in, often in the summer and fall.
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Still image updates every 30 seconds. The bridge is currently the 2nd longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. It is painted an "International Orange" color and is anchored by foot-high twin towers, the tallest in the world. A drive or walk over the bridge is a must while in the city. Another must is taking a ride on the famous cable cars.
They were deed to carry passengers up the steep hills of San Francisco. There is even a cable car museum on Mason Street that has models and photographs of the early cable transit system, including the first cable car from Between the cable cars, trolley buses, ferries and just walking, you can see a lot of the city without even having to drive your car. If you do decide to drive, be sure to be careful before parking on the street.
A much safer bet is to park your car in a parking garage or lot. San Francisco is known for its "hills," which in San Fran is feet in height or more. There are 42 hills within the city. Coit Tower is located atop Telegraph Hill and is a landmark dedication to the San Francisco firefighters. From the top of this hill you can also get unparalleled panoramic views of the city. Also try and explore the Greenwich and Filbert steps, which is a brick staircase that le down from there through a flowering hillside of gardens.
An interesting day trip is to the remote Alcatraz Island out in the Bay. This former maximum security prison, know as "The Rock," once held Al Capone. There is even a guided tour in which you can see the inside of actual cell blocks. Advance reservations are recommended. Also located in this recreation area is the Presidio, where the city's fort originated.
The Presidio finally closed as an Army post in Now there are miles of public hiking trails and bike paths. On its hills you can get a spectacular view of the surrounding ocean and bay. Down by the waterfront is the famous Fisherman's Wharf. Here you will find many interesting attractions such as the Wax Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, and the Boudin Sourdough Museum and Tour where you can learn about the art of baking the original San Francisco sourdough bread and even get a taste. The Wharf contains many restaurants, markets, souvenir shops and tasty treats to buy, such as clam chowder in sourdough bowls.
Next to the Wharf is The Embarcadero, an interesting waterfront area facing the eastern shoreline of the bay, and lined with different piers. Here you will find Pier 39, a 2-story shopping complex full of shops and restaurants and The Aquarium of the Bay. There are also interesting street performers and live stage entertainment.
Be sure and see the sea lions that live on the docks. Close by is Pier 41 where you can catch the ferry to Alcatraz. Within walking distance of the Wharf is the Cannery and Ghirardelli Square. Originally a chocolate factory, Ghirardelli Square has become home to many specialty shops, bakeries and restaurants. However, you call still by some of that delicious Ghirardelli Chocolate there.
Known as "the crookedest street in the world," this one-block long portion of the street follows a series of several S-curves, while descending at a degree slope. Be sure that your brakes are working! You will also be amazed at the gorgeous, well-landscaped Art Deco-style homes that line this curvy street.
If you don't have a car, you can take the stairs. While in the San Francisco you may want to take in a performing art. The city's two major performing halls are the Louise M. In addition, there are several theaters that have major touring plays and Broadway productions. For sports fans, you may want to take in a game. Another interesting daytime activity is touring the area's Victorian Houses, known as "painted ladies.
These homes were built between and They were built very close together with very little outdoor space. The Queen Anne-style Victorian houses were built around the late 's and were embellished with intricately ornamented towers, turrets and cupolas, and painted in vibrant colors. There is even a walking tour of these Victorian homes that departs from the Westin St.
Francis Hotel. Here you will find fantastic Chinese restaurants, markets and shops. Be prepared to see a myriad of exotic foods, smells and colors all crammed into a narrow avenue and a series of back alleys. A real treat is to have some authentic dim sum on Sunday in one of the really good Chinese restaurants. Located near Vallejo and Grant St, here you will find many outdoor cafes, bakeries and authentic Italian restaurants.
It's a great place to have lunch. Another great spot to visit is Union Square, at the corner of Gary and Powell streets. You can even take the Powell-Hyde cable car to get there. The square was built in and its focal point is a foot statue of Commodore George Dewey commemorating his Manila Bay victory over the Spanish in Union Square is the center of downtown life. There are restaurants, cafes and luxury hotels, such as the Westin St. Inside the lobby of this famous hotel is a well-known ornate grandfather clock.
In the square are also some of the finest shops and retail stores such as Saks, Tiffany and Neiman-Marcus. Close by to Union Square is Nob Hill. Here you will also find some of the city's finest hotels, such as the historic Mark Hopkins.
With its stunning bay and city views, Nob Hill is also home to some of the city's most expensive real estate. It was formerly home to the tycoons that made their fortunes in railroading and gold mining. Another point of interest is the Golden Gate Park. This acre park is a lush oasis featuring artificial lakes, miles of bridle paths and hiking trails. Within the park is a restored windmill, an equestrian center, golf course, boat rentals and a carousel.
Should you have more time, a visit to the city's museums is a treat. In addition, visit the Mission San Francisco de Asis, one of the oldest buildings in the city, founded in It has one of the most ornate alters of all of the Missions. There is also a Moorish-style basilica next door. Be sure to save some energy and money and treat yourself to a gourmet meal in one of the many upscale restaurants.
Many of the best dining rooms and cocktails bars sit atop the city's luxury hotels. At the top of the Bank of America Building is the Carnelian Room restaurant and bar, with incredible city views. After dark the city comes alive with bars, clubs and lounges scattered about in the South of Market, Marina and North Beach areas.
While you are out be sure and take a look up at the Transamerica Pyramid Building at Montgomery St. This famous skyscraper is San Francisco's tallest building, with stories, windows and a foot-tall spire on top. It can be seem from all around the city. Bay - Alcatraz Island. San Francisco Bay Cams. Wired Pier Cam Still cam updated every few seconds from the Wierd Piet, an environmental field station.
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