Description - San Francisco is a beatiful city sorrounded by the Pacific Oceana and the San Francisco Bay. Its many parks and attractions together with cultural activities make it a favorite for visitors.
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Angel Island with San Francisco in the background
- This region encompasses a variety of landscapes: sheltered coves, and tidal marshes lead to redwood forests traced by hiking and horse trail. A vital breeding ground for northern elephant seals points the way to the site of a world-renowned monarch butterfly migration.
The San Francisco Bay Area features 13 state parks, one state reserve, 13 state beaches, three state recreation parks, and three state historic parks.
Recreation - Outdoor recreation activities at the state park sites in the Bay Area include: hiking, biking, picnicking, and camping, sightseeing, swimming, sea kayaking, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, horseback riding.
Climate - Climate in the San Francisco-Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
This region includes the greater Bay Area, from Santa Cruz north to Tomales Bay, and inland to Walnut Creek and Mount Diablo.