They are two vista points at the Golden Gate Bridge, the nearest one just before crossing the bridge is the south vista point and the farthest one is upon exiting the bridge via US 101 going to the Marin Headlands is the north vista point. If you are a cheapskate, then just find parking at the south vista point near the Toll Booths (you have to pay $ 6 toll upon going back to the City from visiting the other north vista point Ok). Parking will be quite difficult as there are lots of Tour Buses and other cars in the area. There is a pay parking at the a lot next to the Bridge administration building that offers a limited number of spaces for $5.00 for a full day. If you have patience then just wait for available parking slots at the 81 slot South Lot Parking Area, subtly named "Golden Gate National Recreation Area View Area." Upon finding a parking slot, load on quarters as the maximum parking allowed here is 90 minutes (or six quarters at $ 1.50).
Fondest memory: hard to find parking at the South Vista Point since this is the Postcard Perfect area where you can find in the assorted brochures of San Francisco. Again, if you are a cheapskate, then just ride the Muni Bus or take a taxi going here.
The Golden Gate Bridge Dominates the San Francisco Skyline that you can see this magnificent and Iconic Bridge from several places and several angles in the City like from Baker Beach, from mount Tamalpais, from the two vista points on either side, from below at fort poin or at crissy field or at the marina district, even from the Twin Peaks if you have powerful zoom lenses from your camera or Videocam.
The Golden Gate Bridge was constructed by Joseph Baerman Strauss, it links San Francisco with Marin County, the 1.7 mile-long suspension bridge was completed on May 27, 1937. The Golden Gate Bridge can be crossed by car, on bicycles or on foot. It took more than four years to complete it, at a cost of $35 million dollars. It dimensions are: 4,200-foot long, with two suspension towers of 746 feet (224m) tall, These two cables are 361/2 inches in diameter, Each cable is 7,659 feet long and contains 27,572 parallel wires, enough to encircle the world more than three times. It crosses the Golden Gate Strait. It is now the most recognized landmark of the United States (beating other landmarks like the white house, central park, sears tower, etc.) and the Most popular and photographed bridge in the world!
Fondest memory: On the north side, the Vista Point parking lot is free and open daily 7am to 7pm, with a 4-hour limit. The southeast parking lot is metered daily till 9pm. Drive to Fort Point, near the foot of Golden Gate Bridge, for a breathtaking view, or drive across the bridge to the other side and up the hill to see a view of the bridge and the city. You may walk across the bridge if you desire, but bring a warm jacket along, as it can get cold. And be aware that the bridge may sway up to 27 feet with the strong winds. On the south end you will find "Fort Point" A National Historic Monument, built out of brick in 1853-1861 at the beginning of the Civil War, its lighthouse was the second built in California. The first was on Alcatraz Island. The Fort was used as a base of operations for building the Golden Gate Bridge
Crossing over the bridge currently costs $6 but will most likely continue to increase (it was supposed to be free once it recouped its costs) helps support not only the ongoing maintenance of the bridge, but also the highway, bus and ferry service. The bridge represents imagination, vision, and a sense of freedom from the mundane, and still captures people's heart in its design and look to this day.
Address: Northwestern Tip of San Francisco Peninsula
Directions: The bridge is Highway 101's link from San Francisco to the counties North.
Favorite thing: We only had a few hours in San Francisco, but I had to get my picture of the Golden Gate Bridge because it's so iconic. The traffic going over the bridge can be tough, but it's worth it. Just get off the first exit after you get over it and there's a scenic overlook to the right. Tons of people taking pics. I suggest midday to sunset for best lighting conditions for a photo. It gets cold fast here around sunset. Got out of the car with a tshirt, and it was nice. Within 20 minutes, it was freezing as the sun was setting.
The next day we were to meet them at the Embarcadero to check out a farmer’s market and then head over to Berkeley on the BART, but as D and I got up by the Wharf, we noticed the elusive Golden Gate Bridge was no longer engulfed in fog as it had been our first two days in town. So, we called them and changed plans. To make it easier on them, they met us up by the marina and we just walked from the Wharf area.
It was a magnificent trail with great views of the bridge along the way, but our cohorts were lagging behind us quite a bit. My friend loves to snap lots of digital photos and me still being in the stone age of film, am a bit more selective. Also, I know how fickle weather can be and I wanted to get up to the best vantage point for photos as quickly as possible. I felt bad leaving them so far behind but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
I got there in no time and started up a trail to gain some elevation. I didn’t know exactly where I was going but I figured the higher up I got the better pictures I’d get. I was rewarded with great views and soon Doreen caught up to me, with her poor sore feet the victims of new shoes not worn in enough. We got some great shots and set up camp on a bench to soak in the scenery.
By the time our friend got to the base of the hill, the bridge was nowhere to be seen. It was again covered in a blanket of fog. We came down to meet them as there was no use in them coming up since there was no longer a view. I managed to not act smug even though I felt vindicated by my actions. Even when it comes to good friends, sometimes you just have to do what you have to do, and I’m glad this time I did. Casual friends might have had a problem with this scenario but longtime friends know each other better, and accept people as they are. And when they are bulls to begin with they know changing the other person would be about as easy as changing themselves.
One of the most recognisable icons of San Francisco would have to be the Golden Gate Bridge, and I have always been a huge fan of it (I do love a good bridge!). I was thrilled to have my first spotting of it from Russian Hill, and continued to be thrilled each time I got a glimpse during our visit to the city.
At 3347m long, when the bridge was completed in 1937 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, but now ranks around 8th longest. The deck of the bridge is approximately 75m above the water, and apparently the bridge is the most popular place in the USA to commit suicide.
The Golden Gate Bridge is painted its reddy/orangey colour as it helps it to stand out in the regular fog that rolls in across the bay.
Fondest memory: We drove across the bridge, heading south from Sonoma Valley. I was so excited as the bridge loomed into view, sticking out of the fog. Driving across it fulfilled a long held dream of mine and the experience is now fondly stamped in my memory, helped by a few shaky photos taken through the car window as we drove across.
The toll to cross was $6 in Sep 2008.
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.
Fondest memory: 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
For an up close view of the Golden Gate Bridge, park at the Golden Gate Bridge parking lot, or park just east of there in the lot named Battery East.
From either spot, you can appreciate this engineering masterpiece and work of art. On the San Francisco side, you can walk around the parking lot for great views of the bridge and the bay and stop by the Visitor’s Center. Afterwards, take a walk across the bridge to see the equally stunning views of San Francisco from the Marin County side. If you choose to walk, take a jacket, it can be quite windy and cold!
No matter how you view it, after almost 70 years, it's still an impressive sight!
You can listen to details about the Bridge and other San Francisco sights, or add your own narrative at tourgi.com .
Favorite thing: The Blue and Gold fleet has the greatest tours. If you take the one hour bay tour, you'll get to see the skyline plus the bridge. Seeing the city from the vantage point of the water also gives you the opportunity to really understand the layout, and plan your attack. Much as you'll want to, you won't be able to see it all do it all on one day.......choose your favorite and save the rest for the next visit.
So arrived in San Francisco after a quiet flight with United Airlines.
I rented a car at the airport at the Alamo office.
And then on the road, wow exciting, for the first time in the big America.
A dream became reality . . . here I was driving on a highway in this big, big country.
As I came closer towards the city of San Francisco, I suddenly noticed the famous Golden Gate Bridge on my left side.
I immediately pulled over, parked my car, and time for a photo shoot (many more would follow during that trip)
Ach there it was the big Golden Gate Bridge, partially covered by fog, but that did not matter. I was really thrilled.
Fondest memory: My first view on the Golden Gate Bridge
This stunning view of the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE can only be seen from the vista point near Sausalito.
It's as if you can just take a few steps and find yourself on top of this magnificent bridge.
Fondest memory: On the day that we were there - Saturday August 7- it was very windy at the top of the vista.
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