Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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One of the most photographed structures in the world, Golden Gate Bridge is the first feature of San Francisco you'll see when driving in from the north. Opened in 1937, the structure boasted the longest suspension bridge main span until 1964. Still considered one of the world's greatest engineering feats, the bridge draws visitors with its numerous vantage points, from which you can see and photograph the picturesque bay and boats passing under the iconic structure's red towers. The bridge has sectioned-off pathways on each side for both pedestrians and cyclists, so you can take your time crossing and admiring the views. Though the bridge closes for pedestrians at night. To visit Golden Gate Bridge and get the most from your holiday in San Francisco, create itinerary details personal to you using our San Francisco route website .
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  • Took the normal tourist route to get us to the Bridge on a Sunday, it was quite busy but no great crowds or queues. Take your time and look out over the Bay towards the City and spot Dolphins and Seal...  more »
  • Beautiful Views loved every minute of my day trip drove under it for great views and lots and lots of pictures , then we got to drive over bridge it was amazing windy fantastic , could see for miles ....  more »
  • We drove from the San Francisco side to the Marin side and parked at Vista Point. The drive over the bridge is jaw dropping for out-of-towners! We went early on a Sunday morning (9:00) and easily foun...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to run or walk. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge!!! What an experience!!! Walking across the bridge is an absolute must of "things to do" when in town. I only walked half way across, as suggested by a worker at the visitors center. It was just enough. It was pure fun! The view is amazing. Photography is difficult in many sections due to the wire fence (to keep you from jumping?) but there are enough open areas for photography needs. You can also ride a bike across with clearly marked bike/walking paths. I went independently (no tour group) using public transport. It was easy and fast.
  • It's a nice bridge. The color is satisfying. It feels pretty long in traffic even though it doesn't look THAT long. Then you try to walk along it and realize it's actually pretty long. If you like walking and bridges and looking at San Francisco, it's a great way to spend the day. If not, you'll probably take some pictures then realize you want to do other things throughout the day and go somewhere else. Or maybe you'll use a bike. Those are nice too. It really is a pretty cool bridge. But keep in mind it's just a bridge.
  • Iconic location well worth the visit. Can't overstate the view and beauty of this historic bridge. The park is great and there's so much to see nearby. The walking paths make for an especially memorable experience, bringing the visitor right into the bridge and over the bay. Take the time to explore this place. Would love more time the next time I'm in the area!
  • Such an iconic landmark in San Francisco! I have seen it a couple times before, but this time I got some great shots from underneath looking up. It was gorgeous. All that green-blue water underneath, wow, wow, wow. And you truly get to see just how tall that bridge is. It you can't go on it, then just at least see it. Stop and take it in!
  • The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide (1.6 km) strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the American city of San Francisco, California – the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula – to Marin County, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Frommer's travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world."[8][9] At the time of its opening in 1937, it was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world, with a main span of 4,200 feet (1,280 m) and a total height of 746 feet (227 m). Today, the Golden Gate Bridge is neither the longest nor the tallest in the world, but remains the tallest bridge in the United States.
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