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38 years ago, Mount St. Helens blew her top

Before May 18, 1980, the United States had seen only one serious volcanic eruption.<p>The nation certainly had not seen ash shoot 80,000 feet in the air, nor had it seen destruction on the scale and magnitude it was about to see that morning.<p>Following roughly two months of earthquakes and other …

Our favorite hidden gems in San Francisco

San Francisco is a city that can excite you forever — it's one of those wonderfully dynamic places that's always ready to surprise. It's why, despite the rising costs and million other little complaints, the city sticks with you.<p>But even the most beloved places can get a little worn. You've been to …

The most San Francisco restaurants: The true classics

When we host Bay Area visitors, we occasionally get what can initally seem like a simple request.<p>For example, one time a friend visiting from Seattle asked to dine out at a very "San Francisco" restaurant. He had no preference about the style of food, price range or neighborhood.<p>But to truly pick …

How to get to cut-off areas of Big Sur? One hotel is helicoptering guests in

With the news of this weekend's big landslide on Highway 1 in southern Big Sur, many Californians are wondering if Big Sur is still accessible at all.<p>Yes, you can still get there. But to get to some parts of Big Sur, it will either be really tough or really expensive.<p>If you've got the money, you …

Famous San Francisco movie and TV houses: Here's how much they actually cost

"Life imitates art" goes the old saying — a statement that hardly applies to the palatial residences of movie and television characters.<p>Take Donald Sutherland's house in the classic 1978 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Sutherland, a health inspector, resides in a swanky 4-bedroom Telegraph Hill …

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Steve McQueen 'Bullitt' Mustang turns up in Mexican junkyard

It once prowled the streets of San Francisco in one of the most iconic movie scenes ever filmed in the City by the Bay, and now, according to one car expert, a very historic fastback has been discovered in a Mexican junkyard.<p>A junkyard in the Baja California has apparently coughed up one of the …

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Movies you didn't know were filmed in San Francisco

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Historic Pioneer Cabin Tree toppled in California storm

The historic Pioneer Cabin Tree, a former "drive-through" giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County, was felled in California's weekend storms.<p>The tree was hollowed out in the 1880s to allow tourists to pass through it, and even allowed cars, but more recently has hosted …

More stories behind San Francisco's street names

While not every single San Francisco street name is tied to a story involving angry vigilantes, prostitutes or the Gold Rush, we certainly have our fair share of streets named after intriguing individuals of the past.<p>In March, we ran our first slideshow about the origins of San Francisco street …

Best views of San Francisco, and some offbeat spots to get them

We've all seen it. It's a beautiful weekend afternoon, the San Francisco fog burns off, and "wham!"– the northbound lanes on the Golden Gate Bridge are packed with a string of sightseers desperate to get the views from the vista point on the Marin side.<p>Why do people battle traffic to fight for a …

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How to watch San Francisco's Fleet Week live

The roar of the Blue Angels is invigorating to some and unsettling to others, but, either way, seeing the jets soar above the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge is a sight few people want to miss.<p>SFGATE will be streaming live video on our Facebook page and posting video on our Snapchat and …

Why Fat Albert isn't flying in SF's Fleet Week 2016

It usually begins with Fat Albert.<p>The bulky, slow-moving C-130 support plane rumbles through the sky and then there's a moment of silence before you hear the roar of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the bright blue jets swoop over San Francisco, rattling windows, waking up napping babies, and leading …

Eat your way around the world without leaving San Francisco

Leave your passport at home and experience a United Nations of cuisines in your own backyard.<p><i>The cuisines of dozens of nations are represented by these Bay Area restaurants. How many of them have you visited? Which favorites have we left off the list?</i><p><i></i>What's the next best thing to the golden, …

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Golden Gate Bridge lower deck? Images from all the times it almost happened

BART zooms across the Golden Gate Bridge in a 1961 ad. Wide-bodied Chryslers and Fords are seen on a potential lower deck in a 1968 rendering.<p>For San Francisco drivers who've spent a lifetime on the single deck of the Golden Gate Bridge, the images of a lower deck are stunning.<p>What's even more …

San Francisco's Lombard Street: It's twisty, crooked, and it almost didn't happen

Located near the top of San Francisco's Russian Hill, the curvy section of Lombard Street between Hyde and Leavenworth streets has fascinated and delighted tourists and locals alike since it was created in 1922.<p>Prior to 1922, the street was straight and paved with cobblestones. But the 27-degree …

Hot Property: Four bedroom Eureka Valley condo lives like a home

Two stories, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two parking spaces can be a rare find among condos. But 45 Seward St., Unit 2, in San Francisco has no intention of fitting in. Set on a tree-lined block of Eureka Valley, the listing offers commanding views from an enticing setting.<p>“The main level is …

What did San Francisco look like in the decade you were born?

Do you remember watching Joe DiMaggio take the field for the San Francisco Seals? Or that weekend you shimmied into your bathing gown and spent your hours dipping in Sutro Baths? No, you almost certainly don't. You likely weren't even born. You didn't get to see the Gold Rush, the 1906 Quake or …

Places to stop for food on drives between the Bay Area and Yosemite

Sorry. Typical fast-food fare from one of those chain restaurants you find at nearly every highway exit in America isn't the right nourishment for heading to the top of Half Dome, or for refueling after a big hike. What you need is something heartier, fresher, more substantial or unique.<p>With the …

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Architectural beauty of San Francisco seen in these Instagram shots

At SFGATE, we're profiling contributing photographers of our Instagram page. This week, the spotlight is on Michael Victor.<p>Through his Instagram page (@the415guy), Victor shares his unique vision celebrating the beauty and architectural flourishes of his native city.<p>"I look for different angles and …

While SF homes sell for millions, this Colonial in Cleveland costs $8,000

And it has five bedrooms!<p>The NBA playoffs are moving to Cleveland, Ohio, today. Should you also be heading to the Midwest?<p>For those fed up with Bay Area prices, this might not be a bad idea (if you're willing to give up Steph Curry for LeBron James).<p>While the median home value in San Francisco is …

California: The land of natural extremes

California is a land of extremes, where barren valleys sink below sea level, tall peaks reach for the stars and trees live for thousands of years.<p>As a result of its diverse natural features and landscapes, the Golden State claims an impressive array of superlatives, from the world's tallest tree to …

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'Full House' home goes on the market for $4.15 million

A splendid 1883 Italianate San Francisco Victorian with an exterior many know because it appeared for a brief moment in the 80s sitcom "Full House" and Netflix's newer "Fuller House" sequel has gone on the market for $4.15 million.<p>But the interior of 1709 Broderick looks nothing like the home …

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A Day in the Life of Sports Photographer Philip Platzer

Red Bull Photography <i>recently joined our community with a verified brand profile of their own. This partnership isn’t just about amazing</i> …