Driving into San Francisco from the South Bay on Freeway 101, it’s unimaginable to overlook the enormous, concrete white letters that command consideration from the facet of a grassy hill. However in case you peer actually carefully on the signal that reads “SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THE INDUSTRIAL CITY” alongside the slope of the aptly named Signal Hill, it’s possible you’ll spot a few of your fellow people crawling round on these letters, angling for a selfie that’s unimaginable to attain.
Not like the archetypal Hollywood check in Los Angeles, the place Angelenos cannot get too shut with out dangerously trespassing, South San Francisco’s welcome signal is extraordinarily accessible. Whereas sitting on the backside of the “Y” in “Metropolis,” my first thought was, “I can’t imagine it’s not vandalized extra usually.” The dirt-stained white concrete is laid throughout the hill itself, permitting guests to put among the many brush-bordered letters, with solely a really quick (although at occasions, steep) hike to achieve them. Every 60-foot-high letter is surrounded by a parched grassy panorama, with a couple of wildflowers and bushes punctuating the terrain. That accessibility to the letters means you may’t really take a photograph of the entire thing without delay, however there’s one thing oddly charming about sitting on the decrease curve of an “S” and gazing down upon the bay as low planes soar overhead to or from SFO.