Flying the bay tour
Pilots in the San Francisco bay area can enjoy one of the most scenic one hour flighh. A little tour of the bay called the Bay Tour.
Unfortunately, this area is one of the busiest airspace in the world. The main issue comes from the fact that there are three international airports and a couple of smaller airports around. ((SFO - San Francisco International, OAK - Oakland International and SJC - San Jose International) arranged in some kind of triangle.
In terms of airspaces, you will find one Bravo airspace (SFO - San Francisco International) surrounded by two Charlie airspaces around (OAK - Oakland international and SJC - San Jose International).
Here is an aviation map of the area. You might want to refer to skyvector or aeronautical charts in order to get more up to date information. Please do not use the following for navigation:
Here are some guidelines and insights that can help you prepare for such a flight. Even with this information, I strongly recommend doing the first bay tour with the help of an experienced flight instructor. First time in a class Bravo airspace can be intimidating.
Among the things to see in the bay:
Waypoints ATC could ask you about
Departing from a local airport like San Carlos (KSQL) or Palo Alto (KPAO), request a bay tour to ATC, and wait for them to come back to you. There are basically two options, depending on how busy San Francisco Airport is.