The Bay Area, ringing the San Francisco Bay in northern California, is a geographically diverse and extensive metropolitan region that is home to nearly 8 million inhabitants in cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose.
Popular in Bay Area
The centerpiece of the Bay Area, San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the world, and with good reason.
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In Bay Area
The South Bay is the region of the Bay Area around and south of the San Francisco Bay.
The North Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area lies north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Peninsula region of the San Francisco Bay Area lies immediately south of the City and County of San Francisco—reaching from its famous neighbor to the north into the high-tech region of Silicon Valley.
The Silicon Valley lies in the South Bay and the southern Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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