When I think San Francisco, I think the…

One of the questions in a recent #TNI chat on Twitter was, “City that was first love? Why?”. Without thinking I said San Francisco. As to why I mentioned things like the culture, the ocean and the fog.

I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years, especially growing up, a month or two at a time. I think about all the times at San Francisco Beach, at Pier 39 hanging with the sea lions, eating in China Town and grabbing a coffee (regular or Irish) at Buena Vista watching the cable cars go by. In regards to the initial question, I also said the Golden Gate Bridge. When I think San Francisco, I think the famous International Orange painted bridge, as I’m sure is the case with many people.

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge

The bridge opened in 1937 and connects San Francisco with Marin County and points northward. You’ll cross it in your travels if following the Pacific Coast Highway. You can say you’re both on U.S. Route 101 and California State Highway 1 when you’re on the bridge. That gets the road tripper in me going.

You have San Francisco Bay on one side and the opening to the Pacific Ocean on the other. The bridge to me represents the gateway out of the United States to the Pacific and the other side of the world. There is nothing like crossing the bridge from the north and seeing the city to the left on a sunny day. You’ll usually pass by many people walking the bridge.

It’s one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Some great spots to capture it include: Baker Beach, Fort Point, the north vista point just off the bridge and Hawk Hill.This shot is taken from Fort Point.

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge

Great shots can be had whether its night or day, sunny or foggy. For some reason, I don’t have a picture of me with the bridge as a backdrop. Just another reason to get back there soon.

When you think of San Francisco what else do you think of? What spots do you like to capture the Golden Gate Bridge from?

4 responses to “When I think San Francisco, I think the…

  1. I think of the Transamerica Building…just something unique you don’t find often. I have yet to visit San Fran, but we are planning a trip there, as well as to Napa and Monterey this summer. Hopefully it comes to pass!

    • The Transamerica building does standout. 🙂 Checkout nearby Carmel, Pebble Beach and 17 Mile Drive when in Monterey if have the chance. The aquarium is great there too. Hope you make it!

  2. SF is one of my favorite cities and one of those I love to keep visiting. Driving through the bridge is one of my favorite experiences – though it is hard to keep my eyes on the road… not good! 😉 For some reason, I’ve only driven going north, never the other way. Next time, I guess!

    The bridge is as famous as any one structure can get, but for a good reason. The view is absolutely spectacular and when you’re there, with the fog and all, it’s out of this world. Worth seeing, and not just once.

    • Agree on the issue of trying to drive the bridge and see all the scenery at the same time. 🙂 Can’t wait to see the bridge and get to the area again! I think I like it just as much when it’s foggy.

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