48 Hours Series
photos & text by Lauren Gerson
The Daily Texan
originally published June 29, 2010
CROSSING THE GOLDEN GATE
The Golden Gate Bridge, completed in May 1937, connects the City of San Francisco and Marin County. The suspension bridge remains a popular tourist attraction in the Bay Area and its “International Orange” color is iconic to the San Francisco skyline.
Northern Cali offers taste of city and rural life
Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories and photos bringing the U.S. and the world to UT.
A trip to the northern California coast may be just the right escape from the Texas heat this summer. Urban life surrounds San Francisco and the Bay Area. Spanning across just 46.7 square miles, the “City by the Bay” is home to more than 800,000 people. The Golden Gate Bridge, Frisco’s rolling hills, Chinatown, and its Victorian architecture make San Francisco a year-round international tourist destination. With its winding roads and spanning coastline, Point Reyes National Seashore, 30 miles north of San Francisco, is a breath of fresh air in contrast with the hustle of city life.
The historic Point Reyes Lighthouse, located on the tip of Point Reyes National Seashore, warned mariners of danger in foggy weather until it retired in 1975.
Cows from one of the dairy farms gather in the pasture along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Point Reyes National Seashore.
The City Lights Bookstore, founded in 1953, is an independent bookstore located on Columbus Ave. in Little Italy. It is known as an underground literary meeting place and published American poet Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems.
A business man walks past the Goorin Brothers Hat Shop down Geary Street towards Union Square. Known as the heart of the city, Union Square is the central shopping, hotel, and theatre district in San Francisco.