San Francisco Night View

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San Francisco skyline at night including the Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower.

Links:   Bay Bridge    Transamerica Pyramid

Transamerica Pyramid

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The Transamerica building was designed by architect William Pereira and completed in 1972.  At 853 feet, it’s the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco.  Four cameras at the top of the spire create a virtual observation deck with images sent to four monitors in the lobby.

“Pneumatic Dreamer”

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This giant sculpture of a sleeping human, by Michael Stutz, reclines on a 4th floor terrace above the western lobby of the W Hotel in San Francisco.  It is constructed of annealed bronze strips welded together.

Links:   Stutzart

Bay Bridge

 

 

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This pic shows part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (known locally as the Bay Bridge) in its illuminated nighttime splendor.   It opened in 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge.  Approximately 270,000 vehicles utilize this bridge to cross San Francisco Bay each day.

Alcatraz Island

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Although most famous as a federal prison (from 1934-1963), Alcatraz Island has also served as a Civil War fortress, an active bird sanctuary, the first lighthouse on the West Coast, and the birthplace of the Native American Red Power movement which occupied the island for 19 months beginning in November 1969.  It is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Links:     Golden Gate NRS

Cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge

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If you take a cruise that stops in San Francisco then you will most likely pass under the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.  The bridge opened for traffic in 1937 after four and a half years of construction.  Its 4,200-foot long suspension span was the longest in the world when constructed and is still the 9th longest.  The term Golden Gate refers to the Golden Gate Strait which is the entrance to San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.

Links:       Bridge Facts