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San Francisco Bay Bridge, San Francisco

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Connecting San Francisco and Oakland, is one of the area's landmarks and one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. With its two double-deck spans, the total length of the bridge is 7.18 km (4.46 mi). The west span connects San Francisco and Yerba Buena Island, while the east span connects the island with Oakland. The west span went through a substantial seismic retrofit project, and the whole east span had to be replaced. The current east span is among the widest bridges on earth. The bridge provides excellent views of the city skyline. This is a toll bridge, and the fee depends on the day of the week and time of day. Our San Francisco trip builder makes visiting San Francisco Bay Bridge and other San Francisco attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Went to see the bridge at night when it was lit up. Absolutely beautiful and a must see when your in San Francisco  more »
  • The light show that is displayed on the bridge is worth setting up some time to go see. Along with the other aspects of a spanning bridge structure, this made it special.  more »
  • This particular bridge combines the old and the new. Traveling from San Francisco to the East Bay, one goes through the old bridge and after Treasurer Island, the new bridge is worth driving through a...  more »
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  • Ever since the old bridge was taken down and that notorious S-curve is fixed, it's looking mighty awesome. Speed limit is 50mph and less on curves, bit slow down when roadways​ are wet. Best lane to be at on a sunny day is the far right lane were you can absorb gorgeous skyline views especially Coit Tower.
  • The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge or "Bay Bridge" as it is known locally is majestic during the day but stunning after dark when it features one of the largest light shows in the world. Bay Bridge is actually a series of bridges across San Francisco Bay connecting San Francisco and Oakland. Since 1936, this has been one of the longest bridges in the United States and marks the end of Interstate 80. "The Bay Lights" show starts at dusk each night with amazing 25,000 LED lights and is funded by a non-profit organization. A number of San Francisco buildings offer great views but the shore near the Ferry Building is a great place to also see the reflections in the water. The one place you can't see the light show is from the Bay Bridge itself because no lights are visible from on the bridge roadway to avoid driver distractions. Light shows are always changing but often include birds flying, waterfalls, reflections, geometric patterns, and much more. Don't miss this!
  • Everyone has a love hate relationship with this bridge. East Bay to San Francisco could really use another bridge to ease congestion, but we all know that's never happening. Flying cars are more likely to.
  • This bridge is very beautiful, every morning when I used to cross the bridge, instantly I wakes the sleep head in me. Gives so positive vibes to start the day. The white brings in peace and night the LED lightning across the bridge is no less than a planetary skywalk.in love with it.
  • This Two deck bridge carries around 200k plus vehicles in a day! night time shows the beauty of this bridge..very well lighted and a good background for photo ops.