San Francisco Bay, San Francisco

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#2 of 629 in Nature in California
San Francisco sits on the tip of a peninsula, surrounded by San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate strait, and the Pacific Ocean. To explore the bay's shoreline, walk, skate, or bike along the Bay Trail, which is paved within the city. To explore the region from the water, board one of many tour boats. Known for its strong westerly winds, the natural harbor is a mecca for sailors, windsurfers, and kitesurfers. The bay is also a natural nursery for native crab, halibut, and salmon, as well as being a key link in the "Pacific Flyway," a major north-south route used by migratory birds. If you want to hang out by the water, especially on a sunny day, join locals at Marina Green (30 hectare) 74 acre expanse of grass between Fort Mason and the Presidio. To visit San Francisco Bay on your trip to San Francisco, use our San Francisco attractions planner .
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  • After a bike ride to the Golden Gate Bridge if you continue to Sausalito the return by ferry offers a nice view of the Bay and passes near Alcatraz
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  • One can see a variety of things in the bay ... seagulls, ravens, pigeons, sea lions, paddle boards, sailing boats, racing boats, water taxis, tour boats, canoes, barges, ships, Alcatraz/Angle/Treasure...  more »
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  • Excellent place to spend the day! Everything north from the city is just so much better if you're a tourist.
  • I love love loved being in San Fran but being by the bay was very serene, had a lot of fun walking along and seeing things from different vantage points. Don't forget a jacket
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