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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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Must see · Bridge · Historic Site
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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  • Look, obviously if you go to San Francisco as a tourist, you have to see the Golden Gate Bridge. We saw it on a guided tour by Dylan's Tours, which got us great views from both sides of the bridge...  more »
  • The bridge is beautiful and iconic. Living in the Bay Area I had never walked across the Golden Gate so we thought, what the heck, let’s try it. It was really a great experience. There’s parking, a...  more »
  • This is a must do on your trip. We walked over the bridge and spent the day in Sausalito eating seafood on the bay. Highly recommend doing just that  more »
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  • Good place to visit and hangout with family and friends. 1) The “Golden Gate” refers to the strait through which boats go to enter the Bay. It was originally named by U.S. army officer John Fremont in 1846. 2) The hills surroundings the bridge are themselves golden in color much of the year and when the sun is at the right angle it has an extremely beautiful golden glow. 3) The bridge is simply the bridge that spans the Golden Gate Strait. 4) The Golden Gate bridge is regularly painted. 5) Every state in the United States has a bridge maintenance and inspection plan. 6) When built, it was the bridge with the longest span bridge in the world till 1964. Now it is the ninth-longest suspension bridge in the world. 7) It is famous for its extraordinary design. 8) One can swim, across the strait but completely at one's own risk. One can come in at Fort Baker on the North side or at Ft Point on the South. Both are rocky entries and you should visit and enter them during daylight.
  • If you make it to San Francisco, you simply must visit the bridge and walk through it. It's one of the most breathtaking views I have ever experienced in my life. I walked from Pier 39 and was seeing a lot of tourist attractions along the way. The walk along the beach was amazing. It was a little chilly but sunny... So I was completely surprised when I saw people swimming. But it works for some. I walked more than 6 miles to get to that bridge. After I got to it.. I had to take a moment and just soak it all in. Loved every moment of it. I'd definitely recommend you take the walk and experience everything great about this. You won't regret it. You will love the view from the top.
  • A must visit for tourists and locals alike. Great feet of engineering, and a marvel. Wonderful attraction to take pictures and enjoy a couple of hours. There are some quick bite places, for a snack which help if you're travelling with kids. The gift shop is great, and allows you to take some really cool souvenirs to remind you of the place. I'd re-visit and the place is kept well.
  • How this beautiful attraction in San Francisco doesn't have a full five stars is beyond me. The entire scene of the bay and the red bridge is a remarkable sight, abounding in natural beauty. Sunshine glistens on the waves streaming into the bay, and the energy of the city makes for a really excellent experience. If you're passing through San Francisco you should definitely stop to get a good look at the bridge, or take some pictures. You will not regret it!
  • Probably the most famous piece of structure in San Francisco. Have always wondered why the bridge was called golden and its not golden in color until I went there and experienced it for myself. A golden experience that I'll cherish for the rest of my life. Very beautiful and majestic just as it is depicted in the movies. To get the golden experience I advise you to hire a bike and cross the bridge cycling with someone you love, friend or relative. I promise you it's going to be the best decision you make. Cycled from Fisherman's Wharf all the way to Sausalito. It was a long ride but totally worth it. On our way back we took the ferry and the view of the bridge was just magical. There are bicycle lanes 🚲 and pedestrian foot path. The bridge is also a great place to take pictures but above all just enjoy it.

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