No travelogue of the American West can be complete without a photo of
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. This early morning shot was taken from
the Marin Headlands high above the bridge on its northwest side.
Downtown San Francisco is to the left on the far side of the bay.
The Golden Gate is one of the world's longest single span bridges, and the
bridge towers are the tallest in the world, at 746 feet above the water. Its
fame of course has more to do with its very beautiful setting.
The headlands are part of the Golden Gate Recreation Area, a very scenic area offering
hiking and backpacking very close to the city. While the bridge photo faces the inner
bay, the photo right is on the open ocean side of the headlands (that is, facing west). This area is noted for
spectacular cliffs dropping into the sea.
Note the objects on top of the cliff in this photo (check the enlargement). These are the remains of
the coastal artillery defense erected during World War II. The guns were to
protect San Francisco Bay in the event of an invasion. The recreation area's
visitor center has artifacts and displays depicting daily life of the troops
stationed here at that time.
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