From the trail behind the Observation Tower at the summit of Mount Diablo
This panorama from the top of Mount Diablo, located inside of Mount Diablo State Park, is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay area. Although this day was one of the hazy summer days, it is said that some of the best views in the world are from here the day after a winter storm. And one can see many, many miles in all directions. The observation deck sits on top of the Summit Museum at 3,849 feet elevation and was built in the late 1930's of fossiliferous sandstone blocks quarried in the park. Atop the rotunda is a beacon with historical importance that is now only lit once a year on December 7 in memory of Pearl Harbor.
Overlook of the historic townsite of Somersville in Black Diamond Mines Regional Park across the road...
The Bay Area is renowned for its natural beauty, affluence, diversity, and progressive thinking new age reputation. Lots of ammenities, tours and hotels can be found all around the area.
San Francisco is the cultural and financial center of the Bay Area, and has the second highest population density of any major city in North America after New York City. It is also a major tourist destination, and transport and accommodation is plentiful, ranging from luxury hotels to cheap accommodation.
San Jose is the largest city in terms of population, land area, and industrial development, and is the center of Silicon Valley, a well-known high technology region. Oakland is a major manufacturing and distribution center, rail terminus/hub, and has the fourth largest container shipping port in the United States.
Largely because of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the Bay Area presently ranks second only to the much larger New York City region in number of Fortune 500 company headquarters (April 2010 Fortune Magazine).