|San Francisco Bay - Spectacular Views
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Sweeping panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the skyline of San Francisco, the entire San Francisco
Bay and Pacific Ocean as viewed from one of the four Vista Points on Conzelman Road in Marin Headlands
which are mountains just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is where you can find the most impressive spot
to view the Golden Gate Bridge. It's so high up that you literally can see for miles. And to look down, there are
turquoise coves and even a Black Sand Beach. There are so much more to see than just the bridge. It's so
beautiful it takes your breath away! This is one place I will want to come back to!
I used the panorama mode of my smartphone to take this panoramic picture. An expanded version of this
panoramic photos is at the following web page:
Zoom in for a closer view of Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco by using my compact super-zoom
camera. The Oakland Bay Bridge, the Treasure Island and the Alcatraz are also visible. This is a wonderful
place to view the San Francisco Bay Area and the great Pacific Ocean. This is by far the most impressive spot
to see the Golden Gate Bridge, and the most breathtaking views of the city that every one dreams about. It is
so beautiful and majestic. Some people come here to watch BLUE ANGELS air show over San Francisco Bay.
I came to tour the Marin Headlands to enjoy such fantastic views on January 15, 2016. I set the destination of
my GPS navigator at the junction of Conzelman Rd & Alexander Ave., Sausalito, CA. This junction is near the
north end of Golden Gate Bridge and near Exit 442 of Highway 101. From this junction, I drove west on
Conzelman Road to climb uphill to enjoy the breathtaking views at the four Vista Points, about one Vista Point
There are several parking lots near the north end and the south end of Golden Gate Bridge for fantastic close-
up views of the bridge and of San Francisco Bay. Detailed information with pictures, maps, tips and directions
for these parking lots and Vista Points are available at the following websites:
Zoom in even more for closer view of downtown San Francisco.
Zoom in for closer views of Golden Gate Bridge, ships passing under the bridge, City of San Francisco behind
it, the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island, and Bay Area beyond.
One of the four Vista Points (roadside pullout) along Conzelman Road.
Zoom in on the Alcatraz and one of the Vista Points (may be Battery Spencer) near the north end
and west side of Golden Gate Bridge. Battery Spencer used to be a coastal gun battery with three
big guns to defend San Francisco Harbor and Bay from 1897-1942.
Zoom in on Lobos Rock, Black Head Rock, Pyramid Rock and Mile Rock of Lands End (and Cliff House) at the
very most Northwest point of San Francisco.
Panoramic view of Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco Bay, Bay Bridge, and Golden Gate Bridge as viewed
from the Scenic Overlook (Berkeley Bay View Point) on the hills above the campus of the University of
California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley). This Scenic Overlook is located at 1 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720.
I came here again on the afternoon of May 28, 2016.
Romantic night view of the San Francisco Bay as viewed from the Scenic Overlook (Berkeley Bay View Point)
on the hills above the campus of the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley). This Scenic Overlook is
located at 1 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720. I came here in early November 2015. We were driving in late
afternoon intended to enjoy the sunset view over Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. But the traffic
jam on the highway caused substantial delay such that we ended up seeing the lovely night view instead of the
golden sunset view.
I was a graduate student in UC Berkeley from 1965 to 1969 for my Ph.D. Degree. The students of UC
Berkeley, including me, often drive up to this Scenic Overlook in late afternoon to enjoy the fantastic sunset
view with their sweethearts. It is a very romantic and Scenic Overlook for many students of UC Berkeley.
Writers, poets, music composers and photographers have long been inspired by the magic fog at Golden Gate
Bridge and San Francisco. On February 27, 2016 we came to the Marina Park in Emeryville Crescent near
Berkeley in San Francisco Bay Area and saw this view of Golden Gate Bridge partially veiled in fog.
A view of the mountains north of Golden Gate Bridge as viewed from Marina Park in Emeryville
Crescent on February 27, 2016. There was a layer of fog just above the water of San Francisco Bay.
Three sunset views on three different days from Antelope Hill in Fremont in San Francisco Bay Area.
Zoom in for a closer view of the campus of UC Berkeley. The Sather Campanile Tower on the campus is
Spectacular panoramic view of entire San Francisco Bay as viewed from one of several roadside pull-out
scenic overlooks on Grizzly Peak Blvd which is a windy curvy 2-lane road on the top of the ridge-line of the
Berkeley Hills above Berkeley in California. Grizzly Peak Blvd has the best panoramic views in the east side of
the San Francisco Bay.
I drove up to this Grizzly Peak Blvd on the afternoon of May 28, 2016 to enjoy the fantastic views. It was a
sunny day with no wind and the air was somewhat hazy which put some limit on the visibility.
One can reach Grizzly Peak Blvd by setting the destination of the GPS navigator at either (1) junction of
Grizzly Peak Blvd & Claremont Ave. & Fish Ranch Rd, Oakland 94705 at the southeast part or (2) junction of
Grizzly Peak Blvd & Centennial Drive, Berkeley 94720 at the northwest part. There are several roadside
pull-out scenic overlooks between these two junctions for visitors to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views.
I used movie mode of my compact super-zoom camera to scan such panoramic view of San Francisco Bay
from the Grizzly Peak Blvd and upload it to the YouTube website at:
Zoom in on the Golden Gate Bridge, which is about 15 miles away from the Grizzly Peak Blvd, on the hazy day.
Zoom in on the Bay Bridge and San Francisco from Grizzly Peak Blvd on the hazy day.
The expanded versions of the spectacular panoramic views of San Francisco Bay are at the following web
One of several roadside pull-out scenic overlooks along the Grizzly Peak Blvd for visitors to enjoy the fantastic
Large tree trunks are placed at the edge of these roadside pull-out scenic overlooks of Grizzly Peak Blvd as
safety barriers to prevent visitors' cars from going overboard and falling down the cliff.
Spectacular panoramic view of San Francisco and San Francisco Bay as viewed from the Twin Peaks
Park located at 501 Twin Peaks Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94114. At elevation of 922 feet, the Twin
Peaks is located near the geographical center of the City of San Francisco, offering stunning 360-
degree panoramic views of this beautiful city, the San Francisco Bay and the ocean beyond. It is a
must-see stop for tourists of San Francisco. At the summit parking lot, there is a sidewalk that curves
around a portion of the hill, where most people stop to lean against the railing and admire the amazing
views of the city. We drove up to this summit parking lot on June 14, 2016.
I used the panorama mode of my smartphone to take this panoramic picture. The expanded versions
of the panoramic photos are at the following web page:
Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands as viewed from the Twin Peaks in San Francisco.
From the Summit Parking Lot, there are steep trails to hike up to the North Peak or the South Peak to get
the real 360 degree views. However, on June 14, 2016, it was very windy and cold at the Summit Parking lot
such that most visitors, including us, stay at the observation areas of the Summit Parking Lot and did not feel
safe to hike up to either North Peak or South Peak. So, all my pictures shown above cover only 180 degree
views from the Summit Parking Lot.
The night views (迷人夜景) from Twin Peaks are fantastic and can be seen here.
Just behind the parking lot of Vista Point #4 along the Conzelman Rd. is this Hawk Hill. In the autumn hawk
migration season, the peninsular north of Golden Gate Bridge funnel tens of thousands of southward migrating
hawks, eagles, kites, falcons, osprey, harriers and vultures into Marin Headlands and into the top of this Hawk
Hill before they cross the Golden Gate strait in their southward migration. The strong onshore winds hitting the
hills of the Headlands provide cold updrafts and hot late summer days provide warm and upward thermals that
help these birds to fly more efficiently and easily over the Golden Gate strait.
Raptors prefer not to fly long distances over open water. That's why so many raptors choose to cross the
large San Francisco Bay at this two-mile gap at the Golden Gate strait. They also would rather soar and glide
than flap their wings because soaring and glide save energy, an important factor for birds that fly hundreds or
thousands of miles during their migration. To soar, the birds need updrafts, which are created by air rising up
over hills, another reason they fly along the ridges at the Marin Headland. Some raptors hesitate and circle
before flying across the Golden Gate strait. Their loitering in this area provides excellent viewing opportunities
for hawk watchers. This is the lookout point for the largest known concentration of migrating raptors in the
Pacific states. Many hawk watchers and volunteer hawk counters come here in autumn season for hawk
watching and hawk counting. It is very joyful for bird watchers to see sky full of raptors soaring and circling on
the upward thermals over the hill. A video and more information are in the following website:
Downtown San Francisco as viewed from Antelope Hill in Fremont in south east part of San Francisco Bay
area, about 40 miles away from downtown San Francisco. This is taken by my compact super-zoom camera
with some zoom. The background mountain is Marin Headlands and the Hawk Hill described above.
Zoom in some more on downtown San Francisco from Antelope Hill in Fremont.
Zoom in even more on December 6, 2018. My compact super-zoom camera has 65X optical zoom.
More fantastic views of San Francisco Bay from Sausalito are available on my web page at:
San Francisco as viewed from eastern section of San Mateo Bridge on May 16, 2018.
Twin Peaks in San Francisco as viewed from Antelope Hill in Fremont.
San Francisco Bay as viewed from Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont (East Bay).