San Francisco December 18, 2016
by Julian Garr 7 Wonders Of The World That Are Actually Near San Francisco
It’s important to take the time to appreciate and realize how lucky we are to be living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are spoiled with beautiful nature in every direction, with beaches, fog, mountains, volcanoes, coastal forests, and a host of other natural wonders. Here, we break down just 7 of these natural wonders lurking both in San Francisco and within a few hours’ drive of this magical city.
1. The epic hills of San Francisco
We can't ignore San Francisco's most prominent feature(s). The number of actual hills in San Francisco depends on how you actually define a "hill," and so the official count falls somewhere between 42 (according to 1959’s "Hills of San Francisco) and over 50. Either way, they give the city so much of its beauty and charm, and distinction among worldwide cities.
2. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular and spectacular lakes in the world. This body of water is famed for its crystal-clear water, and the fact that it’s the largest alpine lake in North America. It's a great place to visit, no matter what time of year.
3. Muir Woods: 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley
Muir Woods is a majestic old-growth redwood forest with more than 30 miles of trails. This National Monument features Coast Redwood trees with a life span of more than 2,000 years. It was the country’s first living species preserved under the 1906 Antiquities Act.
4. The Fog of San Francisco
The world-famous fog of San Francisco is a fascinating display of nature that changes each day as the elements of the sea, sun, and wind interact.
5. The rocky coastline from Lands End and Batteries To Bluffs Trails
Even taking out all the manmade wonders— including the Cliff House, the Sutro Baths ruins, and the Golden Gate Bridge—San Francisco's coast is absolutely stunning. Walk along the Coastal Trail from Lands End to Lincoln Park, and then further up to the Batteries To Bluffs Trails, which will have you weaving your way up and down the coastline.
6. Monterey Bay: Monterey
The Monterey Canyon is the largest and deepest submarine canyon off the Pacific coast of North America. You can spot a lot of marine life because this bay reaches depths of up to two miles deep.
7. El Capitan: Yosemite Valley
A world-famous image of Yosemite National Park, the granite monolith El Capitan rises 3,000 feet from Yosemite Valley. El Capitan is one of the largest granite monoliths in the world.
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