The idyllic Tilden Regional Park is a hidden gem just off the SF bay. It’s just a couple of miles from the city, but can feel a world away
San Francisco Bay is an estuary that drains water from approximately 40% of California. That includes water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, as well as from the Sierra Nevada mountains. All this water converges in the San Francisco Bay, and where it breaks into the Pacific Ocean is the Golden Gate Strait.
The famous Golden Gate Bridge spans that strait, which is no mean feat: for a time, it was the largest single-suspension bridge in the world. Even though it has lost that accolade, it is still a marvel to behold. Some tourists feel quite betrayed to find the bridge is in fact no actually gold but orange — consider yourself warned. However, set against the cool blue-grey of sky and sea, the orange is iconic.
A World Apart
Isolated in the centre of the bay stands Alcatraz. Since the Second World War this island has been home to prisons of one form or another, a symbolic penitentiary set apart from the good citizens of San Francisco. Alcatraz has only ever been able to hold about 260 prisoners, but at times the roster has read like a true who’s who of American organised crime. Al Capone called it home for a while. Nowadays, it is no longer a prison but a rather fascinating tourist sight and occasionally the location for excellent films.
The Wind Rises
Consistent strong winds mean that the San Francisco Bay is ideal for sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, while its layout means it offers protection from large open ocean swells. So it’s a great place for learners and experts alike. Cycling paths also ring the bay, as do various refuges and parks, so it’s a great place to be outdoors, whatever your favoured activity.
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