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Bay Area Beauty

It's not hard to leave San Francisco with good pictures. This city is considered by many to be the most scenic in the U.S. Obviously, you will want to see the Golden Gate Bridge. The secret is choosing the best time when the bridge is visible.

San Francisco is known for fog and cool weather generally in the 60s. If you are going in the summertime, there is a greater likelihood of fog, as warm inland airs collides with the cool Pacific Ocean. The fog may enhance your photos or obscure too much of the bridge. So if the bridge isn't visible, check out some of the other great sites in San Francisco such as Alcatraz, Coit Tower or Fisherman's Wharf. You can always return later in the day if the fog lifts. The view of the bridge from the Marin Headlands is popular, offering visitors outstanding views of the downtown skyline.

If you go to the Marina District, another good view can be seen by walking north from Ghiradelli Square to the pier at Van Ness Street. From there, behold 360-degree views of the bridge, Alcatraz and the Transamerica Building.

See these popular tourist attractions in San Franciso. But leave time to explore beautiful Golden Gate Park and eclectic neighborhoods. If you're on foot, be prepared for a workout as the hilly terrain tests your legs. If you are by car, be prepared for traffic, one-way streets and expensive parking in this densely populated city. Valet parking at hotels can cost as much as $50 a day. You probably won't want a rental car if you plan on doing things just in San Francisco.

The city's scenery is ample enough to hold your attention. So plan a separate trip for those other scenic places in California.

Meanwhile, don't forget your camera, and warm clothes.

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