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"Treasure Island" SF Views Tip by SteveOSF

SF Views, San Francisco: 38 reviews and 85 photos

  The New Bay Bridge under construction
by SteveOSF

For a nice view of the San Francisco Skyline or the Bay Bridge construction, hop off the Bay Bridge at Treasure Island. With good lighting and weather, you should be able to capture a nice picture of the S.F. skyline. For the next few years, you can watch the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge being constructed adjacent to the existing "cantilever" section. This segment of the bridge is being replaced as the existing structure is not expected to be serviceable after a major earthquake.

Treasure Island was constructed for the 1939 World's Fair. (Adjacent hilly Yerba Buena Island is natural.) Treasure Island was intended to become the location for the San Francisco International Airport. However, with the outbreak of World War II, the U.S. Navy wanted the site and traded with the City for the land that the present day airport is located upon for the island. The Navy eventually abandoned the base. Currently, many of the old barracks are now used for housing. However, the U.S. Coast Guard retains a presence on Yerba Buena.

Take care exiting and entering the bridge traffic. The turns offs include sharp turns requiring reduced speed and the entrances to the bridge require rapid acceleration from a dead stop.

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2008
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