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San Francisco Bay Area Travel Guide

San Francisco Bay Area Travel Guide




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About San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California

It is said that you haven’t truly lived if you haven’t been to California! The Golden State, as it is fondly called, is situated on the western coast of USA and has the mighty Pacific Ocean flanking it on one side. This striking state is very conveniently sectioned into what is known as Northern California (San Francisco Bay) and Southern California (LA and San Diego). The upper part of California is pure wonder, in fact it’s a journey in amazement. After all, this is the state where technology and science are next-door-neighbors with glitz, glamour. Not to mention natural wonders of Northern California and historic City and County of San Francisco.

The landscape makes for a delightful adventure coupled with breathtaking sights of San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. With the confluence of Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Central Valley and the Yosemite Valley, northern California is the place to be, or at least visit once in a lifetime. The weather here is mostly Mediterranean which translates into dry and not too hot summers and wet and cool winters. In short, quite a wonderful weather for you to indulge in all the water or winter activities you have in mind, however if you are looking for snow you need to go a bit east to Yosemite or Sierra Nevada (Lake Tahoe Area). The mischief of the sun, as it castes a hue of colors on the fine sand interlacing the turquoise blue green waters, is just what the doctor ordered! If you love the rush of adrenaline, then hit the pacific coast for some exciting water sports Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz and Monterey come to mind. Kayaking, diving, surfing et al are done here with loads of passion! If the green bug has bitten you, then California offers its sequoia  and giant redwood trees for your sweet perusal…if even that doesn’t satisfy you then there are the Palisade glaciers! Visit Muir Woods and Mendocino forests.

Northern California has in its kitty around quite a few counties including the capital city Sacramento. In fact Northern California is a delectable delight for people with all sorts of tastes and changes dramatically as you move north from Carmel to San Francisco to Sacramento to Redding.. The harbinger of all technological innovations, the famous Silicon Valley is based here; as is the famous San Francisco Metropolitan Area with cities like San Jose and Oakland. World class educational establishments like UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Stanford University are located here as well.

Once you have hopped onto the pleasure ride called northern California, the places you oh-so-totally have to visit are Aquarium of the Bay (better yet Monterey Bay Aquarium), Golden Gate Bay Cruise, Historic Cable Car Ticket, Wine Country Tour, de Young Museum, and Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf to name much selected few. Art connoisseurs must pay a visit to the San Francisco museum of modern art and the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. Those with a penchant for wilderness can enjoy the excellent hiking opportunity generously provided at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Park lovers can go for nature walks at Mount Diablo State Park, or more social Golden Gate Park in San Francisco with world famous California Academy of Sciences. There is also the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding (5 hours north of San Francisco) which also has a museum with interactive exhibits. If hooking the bait is more your styles then, don’t forget to step into the Fly Shop at Redding before you set off for a morning of ‘fishy’ pleasures. Also there is the Sundial Bridge which is perfect if you like to sight see.


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