Favorite thing: 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.
What a great fun is to take photographs in large large number when there is something like the Golden Gate Bridge in front of you to give the right tribute to.
My new zoom lens is a perfect companion for these kind of games.
This is taken from the military presidio point of view on the hill, the lowest in altitude and closest to the bridge.
It is also the coldest because you'll have to walk and climb a bit to reach the balcony, and IT IS COLD
This has been taken from the same point of view as I did in 1999.
This monster is almost 2 miles long, a real miracle of engineering when it was completed in 1937.
It is a toll bridge, when you live San Francisco through it heading north it is free, when you try to come back you have to pay 3 dollars just after exiting to San Francisco.
The Golden Gate Bridge is arguably the most famous bridge in the world and has most certainly become the symbol of the city.
Fondest memory: One of the most famous stretches of Hwy 101 is this bridge, which connects SF with Marin County. Its construction was an engineering feat that many people thought would be impossible in this blustery, jagged landscape before its opening in 1937. The two main cables contain 80,000 miles of cable, enough to circle the globe 3 times.
There is a $3 toll to cross the bridge, but you can bike or walk across for free. The views of the city and the bay are well worth it!
Fondest memory: When you think of San Francisco, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the Golden Gate Bridge. This bridge is a symbol of San Francisco and can be considered one of the wonders of the world. The Golden Gate Bridge, as its name suggests, is to many like the gateway to America. You should not miss the bridge while you're in the Bay Area; it's hard to miss it really because you can see it from everywhere (even across the bay in Berkeley).
Favorite thing: Driving from the northern wine country, through Marin County (home of Skywalker Ranch), you clear a hill and there it is: the Golden Gate Bridge, red and bold, shrouded in wispy mist rolling in from the Pacific, linking two green hills on either side of the Bay. San Francisco's skyline, though not as expansive and conquering as New York's (but where is?), lies beyond, crowned by the sharp Trans Am Pyramid but adorned with rolling city hills. That is a great view, one of the most famous in the world.
The city is magical with so much of natures beauty.
Santa Cruz beach has become quite famous, it is warmer than San Fran and is a hour south....as I recall.
It is a beautiful drive through the mountains to get there from Mountain View.
Fondest memory: Crossing the Golden Gate bridge is a must to d.
Favorite thing: The beautiful Golden Gate Bridge crosses the 2mi (3km) mouth of the bay. Completed in 1937, the bridge remains the symbol of the city despite competition from modern constructions. At the time of its completion, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and the 746ft (224m) suspension towers were higher than any structure west of New York City.
Visit the Golden Gate Bridge: there's good view-points at either side, and if you are feeling energetic, you can walk or cycle from one end to the other. If you come by car, the bridge gets quite busy and queues are common. There's also a toll charge on each of the bridges.
Alcatraz is a good visit as well, but booking is advisable as the tour is very popular. Alcatraz has been featured in a few films and was a high-security prison on an island. Now closed, the tour includes the ferry-ride out to the island.
Fondest memory: Is Fisherman's Wharf and the famous Cable Car's.
There are so many great things to do in SF, that it's hard choosing just one. One thing that springs to mind was driving across the Golden Gate bridge - it was totally exhilarating.
Fondest memory: San Francisco was a beautiful city. It had a strange feel of a small old town about it, what with it's beautiful wooden houses and lack of crowdedness. I'll keep forever the image of watching the fog roll across the bay.
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