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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 32,000+ reviews on the web
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. Put Golden Gate Bridge on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our San Francisco vacation builder.
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  • Some lanes for vehicles, bikes, pedestrians... photographers. Surrounded by a national park. Breathtaking views of the bridge and also the city of SF.
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  • We were waiting for the perfect temperature to visit so as to get great pics.... Don't wait - Just go !! Even on foggy days, the wind blows the fog along quickly and you get moments of perfect views :...  read more »
  • The walk on the bridge was so wonderful and a great way to savor views of city and Pacific. We loved it! Bring a jacket if you drive over on an open top bus even on a warm day. 
  • Iconic and has some great views.. Was there to watch the fireworks. It can get pretty nippy. It is crowded and watch out for bicyclist some were just butt-holes. Wish there were some lines. Nice walk too!
  • Good old GG bridge (says no one ever!). Iconic red and typically packed with tourists. If you can manage to find parking, take a nice walk on the bridge but bring a jacket, it's almost always cold out here! Get here early to avoid a lot of the parking rush. Also in the roundabout parking lot make sure you don't enter that do not enter area to cut around to the exit quickly! There's usually a cop waiting there to catch people. Bridge itself is a beautiful work of art. Luckily there are nets down below due to prior mishaps. If you really want some fantastic views, drive past the bridge and up to the vista point on the hills behind the bridge to see the whole bay area.
  • Touring the bridge can be so much fun! It has good views that you cant compete with unless you took a airplane or boat tour. Yes it can be crowded so plan a weekday! Always check the weather. It is windy! Not once have a been where it wasnt.
  • This iconic bridge connects two counties in the region, overseeing the Pacific on one side and bay on the other. It is one of the best places in the city to have a long walk as you get spectacular views of the hilly San Francisco downtown with tall buildings, calm Pacific ocean, mountainous Marin county and Berkeley and Oakland at one place. And if you're lucky, you get to see gray whales when you look down the water. In addition, you can see several container ships moving in and out from the region. It can be a long walk of about 1.5 miles but you can replenish yourself at the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center before heading out. Best time would be around evening (5-7PM I may say), when you also see the famous fog setting down on the bridge. It can get really cold, so you may need to make sure you have enough woolens. Check the temperatures before setting off. However, it's a must get experience, if you are in San Francisco.
  • This place is definitely for tourist. It's fun, and enjoyable. There is food within walking distance of the bridge but it isn't that great compared to what's a short drive away. I recommend using the bathroom before you come to visit and also checking the weather. The bridge looks awesome when it's foggy. But if you want to see it with all its might on a clear day, research the forecast!
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