Don Bain's 360° Panoramas of
Central California, including San Francisco

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I have divided Central California into seven regions, with a total of more than 2100 panoramas: To begin, click one of the regions listed here, or click on the map, or scroll down to see a detailed list of localities.

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Central California is not a generally recognized subdivision of the state, it is just a personal definition I have made to serve the interests of this site. The region that results from this partition is unusually rich in famous places and beautiful scenery. Add to this the fact that I happen to live in this "state" and it is no wonder that I have so many panoramas to illustrate it.

Its northern boundary runs through the Golden Gate and Carquinez Strait, then through the Delta and across the Sierra Nevada between Sonora Pass and Yosemite. Thus, by my definition, San Francisco is in Central California but Marin is in Northern California. The deserts east of the Sierra crest are quite distinct and belong to my "state" of Southern and Eastern California.

The southern boundary follows an old geographic convention and runs from Point Conception along the crest of the Santa Ynez Range just north of Santa Barbara, through the knot of mountains around Tejon Pass, then east along the Tehachapi Range. From there it curves north to follow the Sierra crest all the way to Yosemite.

Most of this region is easily accessible from my home base in the East Bay and I take pictures here year around. Oddly enough, there are some areas very close to home (such as Oakland) for which I still have no panoramas!

  • It is supplemented by another for the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area (except the part that is north of the bay).
  • Which is paralleled just inland by El Camino Real for the coast ranges and valleys, including seven of the historic Spanish missions.
  • The San Joaquin Valley is the south half of the Great Central Valley, considered the richest agricultural region in the country and maybe the world.


San Francisco Bay and Islands
Alcatraz Island, Alcatraz Prison
Treasure Island
North Shore West of the Golden Gate Bridge
Ocean Beach
Cliff House and Sutro Heights Park
Site of the former Sutro Baths
The Lands End Trail
Lincoln Park
Seacliff and China Beach
Baker Beach
Presidio Bluffs on the Golden Gate
North Shore from the Golden Gate Bridge East
Golden Gate Bridge
Fort Point
Presidio of San Francisco
Crissy Field
Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco Marina
Fort Mason
Aquatic Park
Ghirardelli Square
Hyde Street Pier
Fishermans Wharf
Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park
Western Golden Gate Park
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park
De Young Museum
California Academy of Sciences
Conservatory of Flowers
Eastern Golden Gate Park
San Francisco's Northeast Corner
Russian Hill, San Francisco
San Francisco Cable Car Museum
North Beach
Telegraph Hill
The Filbert Steps on Telegraph Hill
Levis Plaza
The Embarcadero North of the Ferry Building
Broadway
Chinatown - One
Chinatown - Two
Jackson Square
Nob Hill
Golden Gateway Redevelopment Area
Downtown San Francisco
The San Francisco Civic Center
San Francisco City Hall
Tenderloin District
Geary Street Downtown
Union Square
Market Street Downtown
Montgomery Street
The Transamaerica Building and the Bank of Italy
The Financial District
Embarcadero Center
Lower Market Street
Market Street at the Embarcadero
The Ferry Building
South of Downtown
South of Market Street (SOMA)
The Transbay Transit Center Redevelopment Area
Paramount Building
Yerba Buena Center
Embarcadero South of the Ferry Building
China Basin
The Central Hills of San Francisco
Twin Peaks
San Francisco Districts
Japantown and Cathedral Hill
Alamo Square
Castro District
Mission Dolores


Buses and cable cars on Nob Hill in San Francisco

Buses and cable cars on Nob Hill in San Francisco


Contra Costa County Shoreline - North and East
West Contra Costa County Landfill
Point Pinole Regional Park
Carquinez Strait
Carquinez Shoreline Trail
Port Costa
Martinez Shoreline
Contra Costa Delta Shoreline
Contra Costa County Shoreline - Richmond
Point Molate
Point Richmond
Ferry Point
Brickyard Cove
Kaiser Shipyard Number 3
Port of Richmond
Richmond Marina
Stege and Hoffmann Marshes
Point Isabel
Alameda County Shoreline
Albany Shoreline Park
Berkeley Marina
Emeryville Marina
Oakland Bay Bridge
The Oakland Estuary
City of Alameda Shoreline
Coyote Hills Regional Park
East Bay Cities - Contra Costa County
El Cerrito
Martinez
East Bay Cities - Alameda County
Berkeley
Mission San Jose
University of California at Berkeley
University of California Berkeley - North
University of California Berkeley- Central
University of California Berkeley - South
University of California Berkeley - The Hill
Parklands of the East Bay
Vista Heights
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
San Pablo Ridge
Kennedy Grove Regional Park
Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve
San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area
Tilden Regional Park
Tilden Native Plant Botanic Garden
Ridge Trails at Tilden Park
Sibley and Huckleberry Regional Preserves
Briones Regional Park
Mount Diablo State Park
Summit of Mount Diablo
North Peak of Mount Diablo
Mitchell Canyon on Mount Diablo
Parklands East of Mount Diablo
Sunol
San Mateo Coast
Pacifica
Devils Slide Trail
Montara and Montara Mountain
Sweeney Ridge
Half Moon Bay
Pescadero
Pigeon Point
San Francisco Peninsula
Skyline Boulevard on the Peninsula
Santa Clara County
Mount Hamilton Road
Lick Observatory
Almaden Quicksilver County Park


Flying bridge of the Red Oak Victory liberty ship in Richmond

Flying bridge of the Red Oak Victory liberty ship in Richmond


Santa Cruz Mountains
Portola Redwoods State Park
Butano State Park
Castle Rock State Park
Big Basin State Park
Waddell Creek in Big Basin State Park
Felton
Henry Cowell Redwoods
Santa Cruz
Wilder Ranch Historic Site
Natural Bridges State Beach
West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz Wharf
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Mission
South of Downtown Santa Cruz
Capitola
Seacliff and New Brighton Beaches
Sunset and Manresa State Beaches
North of Monterey
Moss Landing
Elkhorn Slough
Castroville
Marina, Fort Ord, and Seaside
Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Monterey
North Monterey
Monterey Harbor
Custom House Plaza in Monterey
Pacific House in Monterey
Downtown Monterey
Uptown Monterey
Colton Hall in Monterey
Royal Presidio Chapel at Monterey
Fisherman's Cove Monterey
Cannery Row
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove Shoreline
Downtown Pacific Grove
Lovers Point
Point Piños
Asilomar State Conference Grounds
Pebble Beach and the 17-Mile Drive
The 17-Mile Drive
Cypress Point on the 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ocean Avenue
Scenic Road
Carmel River Beach
Mission Ranch in Carmel
Carmel Mission (Mission San Carlos Borromeo)
Point Lobos
Granite Point at Point Lobos
Whalers Cove at Point Lobos
Cannery Point at Whalers Cove
Bluefish Cove on the North Shore Trail
North Shore Trail at Point Lobos
Allan Memorial Cypress Grove at Point Lobos
Pinnacle Viewpoint at Point Lobos
Sea Lion Point at Point Lobos
Point Lobos South of Sea Lion Point
Bird Island Trail at Point Lobos
North of Point Sur
Carmel Highlands
Garrapata State Park
Rocky Point
Bixby Creek and Hurricane Point
Big Sur
Point Sur and the Point Sur Lighthouse
Andrew Molera State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Mount Manuel
Pfeiffer Beach
Nepenthe to the Nacimiento Road
Posts Summit and Nepenthe
Partington Ridge and Cove
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Big Creek and Esalen
Lucia on the Big Sur Coast
New Camaldoli Hermitage
Limekiln Creek
Kirk Creek Campground
Vicente Flat Trail
Nacimiento Road
Cone Peak Above the Big Sur Coast
South of the Nacimiento Road
Sand Dollar Beach
Plaskett Point and Jade Cove
Willow Creek and Gorda
Southernmost Redwoods
Salmon Creek and Salmon Creek Falls
Northern San Luis Obispo Coast
Ragged Point
San Carpoforo
Point Piedras Blancas
San Simeon
San Simeon Creek
Cambria
Harmony Headlands State Park
Cayucos
Morro Bay Area
Morro Rock
Morro Bay
Morro Bay State Park
Los Osos Oaks
Montaña de Oro State Park
Point Buchon Trail


Rocky Point, on the Big Sur coast, south of Carmel

Rocky Point, on the Big Sur coast, south of Carmel











Peach orchard in bloom, near Selma

Peach orchard in bloom, near Selma


Yosemite Valley - Western
Wawona Tunnel and Discovery View
Valley View of Yosemite Valley
Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite Valley
El Capitan Meadow in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley - Central
Leidig Meadow in Yosemite Valley
Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point
Chapel Meadow in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley spring storm
Cooks Meadow in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Lodge
Lower Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls Trail
North Rim of Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Village
Yosemite Valley - East
Ahwahnee Meadow in Yosemite Valley
The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley
Ahwahnee Hotel - Interior, Cottages, and River
Southside Road in Yosemite Valley
Stoneman Meadow in Yosemite Valley
Camp Curry in Yosemite Valley
The Pines Campgrounds in Yosemite Valley
Mirror Lake in Yosemite Valley
The Giant Staircase
Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley
Vernal Falls and the Mist Trail
The Horse Trail (John Muir Trail)
Nevada Falls
Panorama Trail
Hetch Hetchy
Tuolumne River Below Hetch Hetchy
O'Shaugnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy
Hetch Hetchy North Side Trail
South Fork of the Tuolumne River
The Tioga Road - Western
Tioga Road in winter
Near Crane Flat on the Tioga Road
Crane Flat Meadow
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Forests Along the Tioga Road
Yosemite Creek Above the Falls
Olmsted Point on the Tioga Road
Tenaya Lake
Tioga Road - Eastern
Cathedral Range
West Tuolumne Meadows
Soda Springs in Tuolumne Meadows
Tuolumne Meadows
Vogelsang High Sierra Camp
Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River
Tioga Pass, the East Entrance to Yosemite
Glen Aulin Trail
The Trail to Glen Aulin
Glen Aulin on the Tuolumne River
Below Glen Aulin on the Tuolumne River
Waterwheel Falls on the Tuolumne River
South Rim
Glacier Point Road
South Rim of Yosemite Valley
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point above Yosemite Valley
Wawona and the Mariposa Grove
Wawona
Lower Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Upper Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
The Tuolumne River Approaches to Yosemite
Knights Ferry on the Stanislaus River
Chinese Camp
Lake Don Pedro, Moccasin, and the Priest Grade
Groveland and Big Oak Flat
La Grange
Coulterville
Bear Valley
The Merced River Approaches to Yosemite
Hornitos
Catheys Valley
Mariposa
California State Mining and Mineral Museum
Merced River Below Yosemite Valley
El Portal
Big Oak Flat Road
Cascade Valley
South of Yosemite
Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias


Winter at Discovery View in Yosemite

Winter at Discovery View in Yosemite


San Joaquin River Canyons and Forests
San Joaquin River Gorge
San Joaquin River Canyon
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway
Big Creek
Shaver Lake
Huntington Lake
Kaiser Pass
Mono Hot Springs Road
Florence Lake Road
McKinley Grove
High Country Headwaters of the San Joaquin River
Thousand Island Lake
High Trail on San Joaquin Mountain
Garnet Lake, Lake Ediza, Shadow Lake
Devils Postpile
Reds Meadow
Canyons of the Kings River
Pine Flat Reservoir
Wild Kings River
Balch Camp and Black Rock
Kings Canyon Highway
Horseshoe Bend on the Kings River
Windy Cliffs in the Kings River Canyon
Lower Part of Kings Canyon
Middle Part of Kings Canyon
North Bank Road
Zumwalt Meadow
Roads End Area in Kings Canyon
South Fork Kings River Above Kings Canyon
Grant Grove and Converse Basin
Big Stump Grove
Grant Grove
Chicago Stump in Converse Basin
Converse Basin
Indian Basin Sequoia Grove
Hume Lake
The Generals Highway
Generals Highway
Horse Corral Meadow Road
Redwood Mountain Ridgetop
Sugar Bowl Sequoia Grove
Slopes of Redwood Canyon on Redwood Mountain
Redwood Creek in the Redwood Mountain Sequoia Grove
Muir Grove
Wuksachi and Lodgepole
Tokopah Valley
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree
Congress Trail
Giant Forest
Round Meadow
Moro Rock
Crescent Meadow in Giant Forest
The Kaweah River
Three Rivers
Ash Mountain Area
Mineral King
Mineral King Road
Mineral King Valley
Sawtooth Pass Trail, Mineral King
Western Divide, Giant Sequoia National Monument
Mountain Home Grove
Balch County Park in the Mountain Home Grove
Dogwood Meadow in the Mountain Home Grove
Stagg Tree in the Deer Creek Grove
Sequoia Crest
Dome Rock and the Needes
Western Divide Highway
Trail of 100 Giants
California Hot Springs
Glennville-Greenhorn Summit Road
Kern River, Giant Sequoia National Monument
George Bush Tree
Freeman Creek Grove
Lloyd Meadow Road
Johnsondale Road
Kern River
Sherman Pass Road
Kern Plateau
Walker and Tehachapi Passes
Lower Kern River
South Fork of the Kern River
Walker Pass
Tehachapi Pass
Cesar Chavez Memorial


The Congress Trail in winter on showshoes

The Congress Trail in winter on showshoes



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