2. Thanks to a prime location at the edge of the Emeryville Marina, Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant serves up knockout views of three bridges and the San Francisco skyline, a draw rivaled only by the authentic food. Diners at the bustling restaurant choose from dozens of succulent, seafood-heavy dim sum dishes at lunchtime such as crispy shrimp egg rolls, salt-and-pepper calamari, and crabmeat soup dumplings.
3. A flat loop of a little more than a mile guides the visitors at Bair Island in Redwood City past multiple observation decks perfect for spotting the herons, egrets, and Alameda song sparrows that thrive in the Bay's tidal wetlands. This portion of the expansive Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the nation's first urban preserve for wildlife, has seen ongoing restoration of its shoreline. The effort to reverse decades of drainage, farming, and development is aimed at restoring natural habitat to allow native species, such as the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, to flourish once again.