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San Francisco Bay Bridge, San Francisco

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
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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  • Take a night time drive or tour away from the Bridge and view the spectacular light show on the sides of it! Once every few years sees a repeat of the sequence of lights shining. It's actually a few b...  read more »
  • this bridge is a disaster by way of traffic. it a toll bridge. i was warn that the traffic approaching this bridge from the i-80. traffic was back up for ten miles. over a hour of stop and go traffic....  read more »
  • Not like golden gate bridge, bay bridge is not really scenic during the day time but it's pretty at night with blinking lights all over the bridge. Enjoy from the far. :) 
  • 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? --
  • 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.
  • I have been crossing that beautiful bridge for nearly 40 years. I have countless memories. They added an amazing lighting system that looks fantastic at night.
  • Some public works of art are more successful than others. When evaluating a public work, there are several factors to take in. Everything from how easy it is to access, to the content it presents to the general public. The Bay Lights (2013) by Leo Villareal is a public arts work were I feel several key factors are missing when considering how successful it is as a piece. On the surface, one would think it has a lot going for it. Bright and shinning lights that move in a rhythmic pattern all provided by state of the art technology and LED lights. Still, despite its impressive high tech merits, the work falls short on some of the most important elements that in my opinion make a public work of art successful. In recent years, it seems to be a trend, especially through out the Bay Area, to fetishize modern technology when it comes to public displays of art. These works provide the general public with bright colored lights, intricate 3d patterns, and abstract high-tech looking designs that seem to have been inspired from something out of a science fiction movie. The emphasis on these pieces is to dazzle the public with the cutting edge technology that’s used in the creation of the work. In many cases, these works do succeed in that. The public takes in these works with awe as they see some type of modern technology being implemented in a way they’ve never seen before. I felt this way when I first saw the Bay Lights in full action. Whenever I looked at the Bay Lights, I found them to be cool looking and seemed to be a welcomed addition to a city that places such a strong emphasis on technology. However, on closer inspection, when I went to see the lights at a location in San Francisco where I got a clear view of them, I felt that despite it’s tech wizardry, it was a work that was far from perfect.
  • Most stunning & beautiful bridge connecting the cities of San Francisco & Oakland. The upper deck drive into SF offers the most impressive views and fantastic arrival high above the waters and in between the high rises.
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