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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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  • We drive over it on our way to Muir Woods and then took a boat trip under it! The boat trip was a LOT of fun! You get to see the bridge from all angles and also get a good look at Alcatraz. Must do/se...  more »
  • I think not enough for you to follow, but I think if you see, go, rather than very good, cool night ...!
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  • I had to use this bridge almost daily in the drive into SF from where I was staying. The traffic is a horror show although the bridge is beautiful. Built in the same era as the Golden Gate, it is a si...  more »
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  • Another important landmark spot in the city of San Francisco. Connecting the East Bay to the city, this bridge is often overshadowed by Golden Gate Bridge's legacy. Best Viewed at night where they change into magnificent dancing patterns. Ferry Building and Treasure Island are the best spots to check out this.
  • This unbelievable waste of money was three times the price that was stated during design. The poor quality control on the tension bolts (poor threads and nuts that did not fit properly were ignored and installed. The faulty work was not replaced but covered which will make inspections even harder for cracking. Foreign welders left unacceptable cracks in the box assemblies that make up the span. There is no evidence that anything short of replacing the faulty bolts and checking and re-welding the poorly fit sections will stand up to the pressures of a large earthquake. A high strength concrete bridge of proven design would have cost a third the price and left no doubts about it's ability to cope with stress. The drive across has a poor view of the water and only past Yerba Buena island when you get to the magnificent part of the SF side are you presented with a truly breathtaking view. Is this feel good month as I don't see what all these great comments are for? --
  • The bridge is beautiful and coming to SF from Oakland gives you a great view of the SF skyline. However, the traffic to get onto the bridge can be a pain in the ass on both sides. I wish they had a bike lane as an alternative for those who wish to avoid the traffic.
  • What other bridge in America is as beautiful and functional as the Bay Bridge in San Francisco? The LED lights along the San Francisco part of The bridge is also nothing short of mesmerizing. The new Oakland side also adds a sense of sturdiness and easier to maneuver than before 2013. The Bay Bridge is sometimes overshadowed by the Golden Gate, and yes it is easy to fall by the wayside of the Gilden Gate for its majesty. However, the Bay Bridge has added more during the past decade to give it more contrast to its distant cousin.
  • It looks cool but traffic can be slow, especially if you're coming out of San Francisco.