“An awe-inspiring American landmark”
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the American city of San Francisco, California – the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula – to Marin County, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Frommer's travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world." At the time of its opening in 1937, it was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world, with a main span of 4,200 feet and a total height of 746 feet.
I'm obsessed with this bridge. I have a habit of anytime I go to San fran, I like to rent a bike from one of the wonderful touristy bike rental places and take it across the bridge to Salsalito. In Salsalito, there's a bunch of cute shops, places to eat, bars and you can jump on a ferry back across the bay. If you're a photographer, it's kind of a dream bridge because there's always dramatic fog... but, it's been photographed so many times, it's almost impossible to take a unique photo.
My favorite fact about this bridge: Before it opened in 1937, during its construction the city laid a safety net under the floor of the bridge. It was massive and stretched the length of the bridge. The net saved over 19 men from falling to their deaths. Those guys became part of a very exclusive club, known as the “Half-Way-To-Hell Club.” I love this bridge.
Lucky to get it on a clear day but if its foggy head up to mt tam and you may be able to get above the fog for a crazy cool view!
For the BEST experience, WALK across the bridge- the pedestrian walkway is on the Bay side or East side of the bridge. Other than the good cardio exercise, you get outstanding views of the Bay, of San Francisco, of Marin County and the Ocean. There's parking on the San Francisco side as well as the Marin County side. Fair warning- it gets very windy on the bridge so hold on to your hats, caps, and any loose items you wear. Make this a must do at least one time when you're in the area!
Obviously a sight to see, but remember: San Francisco is ALWAYS foggy. Feel lucky if you can see it on a clear day!
The bridge is iconic, so when you see it in person (as a tourist), it will almost definitely bring a smile to your face. Chelsea Koglmeier is right, the fog makes the bridge look very dramatic, but the pictures you take in front of it will look identical to a bunch of the same photos your friends have posted on Facebook over the years. Take the picture, anyways!
Hired bikes and ride over the bridge.
Awesome, make sure you walk across
Truly an impressive sight from afar and close! People jog down the side of it all the time and I'd suggest taking the time to walk from one end to the other!
Take a walk across the bridge and look for sea lions in the water. Truly a place to remember for a lifetime.
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