San Francisco From Above

Yerba BuenaPhoto:
Image: Jitze Couperus
Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, Coit Tower, downtown, Fisherman’s Wharf… the sights of San Francisco are numerous. All the more fun is spotting them from above because they tend to look oh-so-different from a bird’s eye perspective. But see for youself and join us on our musical tour of “I Spy….” San Francisco.
San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California, and the whole of the San Francisco Bay Area is home to more than seven million people. During the gold rush of the 19th century, the city was literally a “Golden Gate” for many adventurous fortune seekers. Though its old name Yerba Buena (from the Spanish hierba buena, the “good herb”) was changed in 1847 after the Mexican-American war, the term still has a valid (yet different) meaning for many today.

San Francisco is located at the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and is framed by the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. Characteristics of the cityscape are the grid-like structure of the city blocks, the many parks and green areas, bridges and islands belonging to the city.
The northern tip of San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background and the Bay Bridge in the foreground.
Hello, San Francisco
San Francisco aerialPhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
Here's a view of the southwestern end of San Francisco with Lake Merced in the foreground and the city skyline in the background.
California Dreamin’
Southwestern CaliforniaPhoto:
Image: Phil Whitehouse
Moving further north, here’s the Pacific Ocean and Lake Merced in the foreground and the Golden Gate Park and the Presidio on the horizon.
San Francisco on the Water
Lake Merced areaPhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
A beautiful panoramic shot of the city with the Sutro Tower on the left, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County in the distance.
Welcome 2 Da Bay
San Francisco panoramaPhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
The Golden Gate Park stretching from east (top) to west (bottom). The symmetry of the city grid is mind-boggling, making the photograph look like an abstract piece of art. Absolut San Francisco, anyone?
My Side of the City
Golden Gate ParkPhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
A close-up of Golden Gate Park with the De Young Museum (on the left) and the California Academy of the Sciences (above, right).
Beautiful Day
Golden Gate ParkPhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
The Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio park clearly visible and the city grid shining through thin layers of clouds.
Hazy SF
Hazy SFPhoto:
Image: Carol Schaffer
The Golden Gate Bridge with golden sunset rays.
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate BridgePhoto:
Image: Unknown photographer via Pixdaus
The northeastern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and Marin County in the background.
California Sun
SF PeninsulaPhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
Pier 41 and Fisherman’s Wharf in front of the city skyline and the Bay Bridge faint in the background (top left).
San Francisco on the Water
Image: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Alcatraz Island, the Bay Bridge, downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf on a clear day.
San Francisco
Alcatraz and northeastern San FranciscoPhoto:
Image: Gunther Hagleitner
Alcatraz Island was first discovered and named by the Spanish in 1775. “La Isla de los Alcatraces” means “Island of the Pelicans.” Today, the island is mainly home to cormorants, Western Gulls and egrets. After being a lighthouse, a military fort and prison and a federal prison until 1963, Alcatraz today is a national recreational area that features popularly in movies and on TV.
Holiday on Alcatraz Island
Image: druchoy
Here's a view of the Bay Bridge on the left and the city skyline and the typical street grid, making it look a bit like downtown New York.
Frisco Town
Bay Bridge and skylinePhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
The Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland. A small piece of Treasure Island can be seen at the very top of the picture.
Journey to the End of the East Bay
Bay BridgePhoto:
Image: moppet65535
A shot of the Financial District in the foreground and the peninsula stretching from east (bottom) to west (top) with the Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park and the Presidion in the background (left to right).
The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco
Downtown with parksPhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
The eastern part of San Francisco with Pacific Bell Park in the foreground stretching to the Sutro Tower and everything west of it disappearing under a thick layer of clouds.
Clouds over California
Eastern San FranciscoPhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
An almost surreal picture of San Francisco’s financial district emerging from the clouds and the Bay Bridge connecting to Yerba Buena Island, with Treasure Island on the right.
California Sun
Yerba BuenaPhoto:
Image: Jitze Couperus
The corner of Columbus and Grant Avenue with North Beach, Alcatraz and Marin County straight ahead and the Coit Tower on the right.
San Francisco, Here I Come
corner of Columbus and Grant avenuesPhoto:
Image: Khaosaming
San Francisco International Airport, located 13 miles south of downtown, is a major gateway to Asia, Australasia and Europe.
San Francisco, Here I Go
SF airportPhoto:
Image: Roy Tennant
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