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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  • August 14, 2017
    This bridge is beautiful and lit up at night. It certainly should not be overlooked by the Golden Gate Bridge  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Everyone knows about the Golden Gate Bridge,but the lighted Bay Bridge is slowly becoming more of a San Francisco memory.The way it is lighted at night is a beautiful sight.Traveling across it during ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The bridge itself isn't that impressive, but coming to SF by car it makes a great portal with a great view of downtown SF. Right after the end of the bridge, make a right turn and you are downtown...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    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.
  • February 10, 2017
    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!
  • June 8, 2017
    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.
  • March 28, 2017
    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.
  • May 20, 2017
    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.

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