Golden Gate Bridge History
The Golden Gate Bridge, symbol of San Francisco, engineering marvel, subject of many photographs, the result of one man's vision and persistence, spans the entrance to the San Francisco Bay. Learn a little about Golden Gate Bridge history. For many years before the Golden Gate Bridge was built, the only way to get across San Francisco Bay was by ferry, and by the early twentieth century the Bay was clogged with ferries. In the 1920s, engineer and bridge-builder Joseph Strauss became convinced that a bridge should be constructed across the Golden Gate.
Many groups opposed him, each for their own selfish reasons: the military, loggers, the railroads. The engineering challenge was also enormous - the Golden Gate Bridge area has winds of up to 60 miles per hour, and strong ocean currents sweep through a rugged canyon below the surface.
If all that weren't enough, it was the middle of the Great Depression, funds were scarce, and the San Francisco Bay Bridge was already under construction. In spite of everything, Strauss persisted, and Golden Gate Bridge history began when San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved $35 million in bonds to construct the Golden Gate Bridge
Biking the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausilito
If you are looking for a way of getting a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge in a slightly different and energetic way - why not hire a bike for the day from Blazing Saddles bike rentals on Fishermans Wharf. While maybe not as laid back as sitting on the comfort of a coach or your own car it offers fantastic views of San Francisco in a much more personal way. The rule is keep to the cycle tracks or otherwise stay as close as you can to the water (without ending up in it). The easiest trip to do is to cycle 8 miles to Sausilito which is a small, stunning fishing/seaside resort which has a variety of boutiques, galleries and restaurants or a place you can just chill out. If you are not feeling so energetic on the way back you can get the ferry back to Fishermans wharf. They even take the inconvenience of finding a place to buy the ticket by giving you one when you hire the bike however only charging you for it upon use. Cycling another 8 miles takes you to Tiberon and then take a ferry over to Angel Island or alternatively you can always opt for Muir Woods. I would recommend if you can to hold out for a clear day so you can get the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Alternatively if biking doesn't appeal Tower Tours by the Ghiradelli Square are an excellent tour company who offer a combined day trip to Muir Woods and Sausilito.
Watch the Hang Gliders at Fort Funston
We love coming to Fort Funston for the short hikes and for the scenery. Hang gliders soar back and forth on the air currents rising off the cliffs, and they come so close that we can actually make out the pilots’ faces!
Fort Funston is also popular with dog owners because it is one of the few places that dog owners have official permission to let their dogs off the leash.
The winds that give the hang gliders lift also tend to make it a bit cold, so bring a jacket just in case!
The Fort Funston parking area is just off Skyline Boulevard (Route 35) just south of John Muir Drive.
Visit the SF MOMA, smoke a...
Visit the SF MOMA, smoke a hooka at Kanzaman while watching a belly dancing show, eat a Quesadilla Suiza de carne asada at El Farolitos in the Mission, Sun bathe at Golden Gate Park, Salsa Dance at El Rio, drink an Italian beer at Steps of Rome while the waiters and waitresses sing and dance to contemporary Musica Italia in North Beach and you have to visit Fort Ord underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, the view is amazing........ And believe me I could go on.............!
It is so difficult to select...
It is so difficult to select one thing to do out of so many, in San Francisco, as I said before, I have been there several times, and each time, I go, I find something new and exciting to see and do in this city. First of all, San Francisco has one of the most spectacular locations of any city in North America. Surrounded by water on all sides, except for one, its a bay, a peninsula, it is hilly and it is georgeous. Just take a look at San Francisco, from any angle, and you will see some great views.