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When an earthquake strikes, anyone inside a recently constructed public building has little to fear. Or so say the structural engineers. Those working in the San Francisco Bay area have to adhere to stringent building codes. And so they should – the San Andreas Fault runs just a few miles west of the city.
Karl Malden and Michael Douglas treated 1980s TV audiences to many as a high-speed chase through “The Streets of San Francisco”. Regular city traffic is a lot slower. Stretches like Vermont Street, featuring five 180-degree hairpin turns inside 85 meters (280 ft.), or Filbert Street, with a 31.5% grade, are challenging to navigate even at a snail’s pace.
San Francisco’s most famous tourist attraction is no doubt the Golden Gate Bridge. Those wishing to savor the view of the suspension bridge have several choice outlooks to choose from. Two of the best are Crissy Field, a former army airfield in the Presidio, and the old military bunkers in the Marin Headlands.
The San Francisco Bay area is notorious for its microclimates. It’s not uncommon for Oakland to be baking in the heat, while downtown San Francisco is comfortably mild; meanwhile visitors to the Golden Gate are shivering with cold. Some days the fog off the Pacific Ocean gets so thick that you can barely make out your hand at the end of your arm.
Whole websites are dedicated to the question of which of the two elite Bay Area universities is the better. Both Stanford and UC Berkeley are among the very best in the world and have produced scores of Nobel Prize winners. One thing’s for sure – UC Berkeley admits over twice as many students as Stanford does.