Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco and Marin Head County to the north. There is a $ 5 toll cash when driving south or you can pay it via a FASTRAK is you have one. Cross the bridge so that you can go to Napa, Petaluma Premium Outlets, Village at Corte Madera, Calistoga and Scenic Mendocino and Mount Shasta up north and beyond, even to Portland Oregon or the Starbucks's Capital of Seatlle in Washington State.
Location: Lincoln Blvd & Highway 101, San Francisco, CA 94129
Pedestrians are allowed only on the EAST sidewalk, during daylight hours from 5 am to 9 pm. Gates close automatically at 9 pm and reopen at 5 am. Wheelchairs are permitted on sidewalks. Roller Blades, Skateboards and Roller Skates are not permitted. Dogs are permitted only if under control and on a leash at all times.
Ride a bike across the bridge, there are protected one-way bike lanes on the bridge. It can be very windy to ride across so dress warmly. If you continue a short way, you will end up in Sausalito a great place for a fun (but pricey) lunch.
Cyclists have toll-free access to the Bridge's sidewalks 24-hours a day. Cyclists MUST yield to pedestrians and remember to use caution in the areas of the towers as there is limited space to maneuver and sight distances are constrained. Electric bicycles may be ridden on the sidewalks; however they may not be used under power while on the sidewalk and must be pedaled.
SOMETIMES WE ARE AWAY ON A TRIP WHEN OUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FALLS AND WE ALWAYS LIKE TO DO SOMETHING NICE TO REMEMBER THE DAY BY.
WELL ON THIS OCCASION WE FOUND OURSELVES IN SAN FRANCISCO.
WE HAD JUST SPENT OUR FIRST MORNING LOOKING AROUND THE LOMBARD STREET AREA AND WITH NOTHING ELSE PLANNED WE DECIDED TO TAKE A WALK OUT TOWARD THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, WE DIDNT THINK IT WAS QUITE SO FAR BUT THE WEATHER WAS PERFECT WITH NOT A CLOUD AND THE SITES AND SOUNDS ALONG THE WAY WHERE GREAT.
AND IT WAS NOT LONG BEFORE WE HAD THE GREAT BRIDGE IN OUR SIGHTS, AND WHAT A SIGHT. YOU HAVE SEEN IT IN PICTURES AND IN MOVIES BUT SEEING IT FOR REAL WITH YOUR OWN EYES REALLY IS SPECIAL...AND WHEN YOU GET UP ONTO THE BRIDGE AND LOOK BACK TOWARD THE CITY WITH ALCATRAZ IN THE BAY YOU REALLY KNOW YOU ARE IN SAN FRANCISCO...AND ONCE ON THE BRIDGE YOU GET A REAL FEEL FOR THE SIZE OF THIS STUNNING BRIDGE. WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS BRIDGES ACROSS THE WORLD BUT I HAVE TO SAY THE GOLDEN GATE IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL..A REAL GRACEFULL LADY. WE WALKED RIGHT ACROSS AND BACK THAT DAY STOPPING EVERY SO OFTEN TO TAKE IN THE VIEWS, AND ENJOY JUST BEING THERE ON SUCH A LOVELY SUNNY DAY.
IT REALLY WAS A GREAT WAY TO SPEND OUR ANNIVERSARY.
AND WHAT A PLACE TO SPEND IT IN.
My friend and I did not book this trip, we organised it by our selves and made our own way there saving us a lot of cash! And we had a better time doing this and saw many other sites on the way.
San Francisco Muni's #28 and 29 buses go to the south side.
In the car park area you will find restrooms, cafe and a gift shop.
Take a lot of camera film for this as I took 40 pics on the bridge alone! And wear comfortable shoes as its a long walk.
Civil War Fort that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Used as the base of operations during the construction of the bridge between 1933 & 1937. Offers excellent views of the bridge as well as a coffee house.
Check out the websites for more info.
The Golden Gate Bridge. You won't miss this but I just wanted to show this picture to everyone as I think it looks great. You should see it right away when you look at my SF page. All credits to Sean, you're great!
Everyone wants a picture of the Golden Gate bridge. Heres an insider tip: drive right past the rest area where most folks pull off to take a picture, get off at the next exit and follow the signs to the Marin Headlands, it may seem like you're going the wrong way, but when you get to the curves on the mountain you'll find a world class view of the bridge and city. Bonus points if you catch the sunset. While you're here check out the wildflowers and historical fortifications.
I do recommend Fort Point (see picture in this page), a place tourists often fail to visit. It is tucked underneath the Golden Gate Bridge (the view of the bridge from the top of the fort is AWESOME!). Also (tip for cinephiles), Fort Point is the place where the famous scene of Kim Novak's attempted suicide in Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece 'Vertigo' was shot.
This little beach just next to the Golden Gate Bridge offers wonderful views!
My Tip: Come here in the evening to watch the sunset - it's amazing!!!