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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    We cycled across and had a fantastic time. The bridge gets very crowded so take your time. Also don't underestimate how physically demanding it is. Walking may see like an easier option but it is far.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    While visiting San Fran with my wife, our married son and his wife and two of our children last week we decided to visit the South side visitor center. The sun was just about to set, the sky was clear...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The bridge is 'a must do', but not very special... Best time is early afternoon, cause then the change of mist is the lowest...  more »
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  • June 2, 2017
    You've seen in in photos, but you must experience all aspects of this modern day wonder. I've walked, biked and driven across the bridge and it does not disappoint. From the micro climates experienced while walking it and feeling the movement through the car tires - it is a surreal experience. I've been lucky enough to visit this beauty from the bottom looking up to the West entrance via the Coastal walkway. It is visually stimulating and pleasing as one looks at it from one of the sky high bar's in downtown SF. Do not miss it !
  • July 4, 2017
    Although obvious advice, make sure you visit the bridge while you're in San Francisco. If you're up for the walk, you can head along following the shoreline from the piers, and eventually get to the bridge. The walk is nice usually with a cool breeze from the water. There is a place to stop not too far from the base of the bridge with a visitor centre and cafe. There is a odd little tunnel you have to go through which is a bit freaky and then the climb up through the parkland to the bridge is quick. The bridge itself has to be seen up close to be fully appreciated and you can cross the right side (heading away from SF) by foot, and the left side by bicycle. I'd recommend both if you can. There are obviously rewards for cycling it at sunset with a camera. The tip here would be to walk across and up to the car park vantage point on the other side, and take an open top bus back across to the city.
  • July 4, 2017
    Lots of view points. Very beautiful bridge. I recommend walking across it. Just so you know, it can get very windy during the walk. There will be people there but it is not as bad as Brooklyn bridge. The bridge is about 1.8 miles or so long. You can also choose to bike across it. The view is very pretty from the bridge. It is clean and well maintained.
  • May 18, 2017
    Very few places are as gorgeous as the pictures you see, this is definitely one of them. I suggest taking the day or at least a few hours there. The beaches offer great views and the designated areas are great. There is some construction going on , but it's being done in a manner that doesn't take away from the view or the bridge. Bring comfy shoes and walk and look. I also suggest looking back when you walk away, there are some great scenes for photographers to take advantage of .
  • June 15, 2017
    One of thee most beautiful places on Earth if I do say so myself. As a bay area native, you see this in the distance occasionally, but when you're up close, even from Marin Headlands, it's spectacular. People can wait their entire lives to see the, I've watched tourists from different countries break down and cry in joy of being here, the Golden Gate. This is one of the many places in life you must visit before you die, it is absolutely amazing.

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