With heavy fog and windy conditions, sailing into San Francisco Bay has long been a hazardous affair. Then, in 1870, things got a lot safer with the construction of the Point Reyes Lighthouse.
The jewel of Northern California: the San Francisco Bay Area, home of iconic landmarks, heavy fog, dramatic history, and an amazing group of people who keep this metropolis humming. Take flight on an aerial tour above the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman's Wharf, as well as the city's many hidden treasures. Witness the different ways people here spend their days and nights, from the federal agents keeping the area safe to the grape pickers in Napa to the legion of fans cheering on their beloved 49ers and Warriors.
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