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Visit Treasure Island for a Panoramic View of San Francisco
Treasure Island is still technically located in the city of San Francisco, but you probably wouldn't venture to the island unless you're making a trip over to Oakland and the east bay. I have often noticed the great views of SF from the bay bridge, but I had never thought about stopping over on Treasure Island to take in the views. When I finally did go out of the way to take a walk on the shores of Treasure Island I was taken aback by the panoramic views of San Francisco offered by the island. You can see the skyline of the entire city (assuming its a clear day which can be quite uncommon in San Francisco). There is a raised walkway that goes around the island and a lot of sea lions have made their home on the shore of the island. The island is definitely worth the stop if your traveling between Oakland and San Francisco on a clear day!
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A Sunset to Treasure
Always on the hunt for new spots in the Bay Area for a great sunset to sit and watch, I recently made a stop on Treasure Island on my way back to Berkeley from San Francisco. I parked along the waterfront that faces the Ferry Building and San Francisco skyline across the way and was excited to see the statue by Marco Cochrane that friends had been recently telling me about. This 40-foot dancing woman is called 'Bliss Dance' and she'd made her debut at the 2011 Burning Man Festival. The artist now works out of a studio on Treasure Island, so the current placement of Marco's beautiful female form is only right.
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Treasure Island Flea Market
Held the last week of each month, when in the Bay Area, I never miss the TI Flea Market. From the island you will see the most incredible view of the San Francisco skyline-- the buildings and homes stacked upon each other, sandwiched between the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, with dozens of sailboats dancing across the blue bay. The market itself is just an all-around joyous event. You can find every type of vendor from vintage clothing and furniture, to local artist booths, to kitschy stands with hand-made sock-puppets. I never leave the market without a new treasure. Make time for lunch where you can sit, enjoy the view, listen to some live music, and chow down on a wide variety of food from local food trucks.
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