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San Francisco's red giant
At the time it was completed, in May 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge became the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world. But perhaps the real miracle is that it was finished within the 4-year plan devised for its construction, and it cost LESS than the anticipated $35 million! Thanks to its distinctive colour and elegant design, the Golden Gate Bridge has become one of the world's most famous landmarks. Whether you see it from the shore, drive, walk or bike across it (there are special sidewalks reserved for bicycles and pedestrians at specific hours), it's certainly worth getting closer to take a few pictures. It's not unusual for the bridge to be surrounded by a thick white fog, with only its two towers sticking out - that was the case when we drove across it, and the view of downtown San Francisco was spectacularly eerie. I'm sure glad I wasn't the one driving because I was so excited and busy taking pictures, it would have been impossible for me to watch the road!
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous symbols not only of San Francisco, but California, and is clearly one thing that people most frequently consider seeing. It spans the Golden Gate, the narrow waterway between San Francisco and Marin County that is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the ocean. It is a suspension bridge and opened in 1937, at the time a major feat of engineering, being completed the year after the completion of the Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco and Oakland. One may drive or walk across it, but very striking views can be had from locations in San Francisco and Marin County. These can be either above it on Marin Headlands, which is at an exit just on the Marin side of the bridge, or below it at Fort Point in San Francisco or similar locations in Marin County. One can also get striking views by boat.
Be prepared for cold, windy weather any time of year. Even in summer, it will normally be cold, damp, very windy, and frequently foggy. This is due to California's coastal weather patterns, and most of the coats is cool and overcast or foggy in the summer. The Golden Gate is particularly cold and windy because it is a major gap in the coast where the cold, foggy air blows into California as a result of low pressure from the hot interior of the Central Valley. This wind and fog often reaches deep into the bay region and the wind, at least, frequently even extends deep inland up the Carquinez Strait into the delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. The result creates frequent, often constant, cold, wet wind and fog on the Golden Gate.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Iconic symbol of San Francisco and one of the must see attractions of the world along with the Effiel tower and Big Ben. This site lives up to all its hype. For the best views, walk across the bridge.
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Bike the Bridge!
If you're into bicycles, you can bike across the Golden Gate Bridge during your visit to San Francisco. Bring your own bike or rent one at Fisherman's Wharf. (Blazing Saddles is a good place to rent.) If you're so inclined, you could continue on to Sausalito as well, then return by ferry - bike & all.
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Walking across the bridge
The world famous bridge was opened in 1937 & is 1.7 miles long.
I saw it many times from a distance while in San Francisco & it always looked so impressive. Therefore I just had to make the effort to visit it & walk across.
Touristy but worth it
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean. As part of both U.S. Route 101 and State Route 1, it connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. The Golden Gate Bridge had been the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937, and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California.
The City through a GGB closeup
We're peeking at the City through the cables of the Golden Gate bridge from Marin Headlands State Park.
Again, everyone including me takes this same shot, from Morton Beebe & Frederic Larson to everyone at vt, but there is a reason: it is so beautiful.
Go there and take one yourself, ... you'll love it. And don't forget the telephoto lense.
The Red Lady
The beautiful Golden Gate Bridge with its famous red paint stands out from the wonderful scenic coastline, mountains and the bay itself.
Most visitors to San Francisco will make it a point to visit Golden Gate Park just to get a glimpse of this wonderful and amazing structure.
I've crossed this bridge many times and every single time I find myself gazing up at this magnificent structure.
An Engineering Masterpiece
This engineering masterpiece was built in 1937. This bridge was called the Golden Gate Bridge. Living up to its name this magnum opus is stretching over 4,200 feet. This is one of the best of its kind. Health buffs and adventurous people are game to the challenge of walking across this bridge. It is not stressful because of the cool breeze kissing your cheeks and the fantastic view awaits you. Looking below the bridge you may also see surfers riding the waves. You cannot miss this picturesque scene in San Francisco.
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Coit Tower was built atop Telegraph Hill in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the City of San Francisco. The art deco tower, 210 feet (64 meters) of unpainted reinforced concrete, was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard with murals by 26 different artists and numerous assistants.
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The Bus Ride
We were very lazy, and while we wanted to see the Golden Gate Bridge up close and go over it, we didn't fancy the bike ride that you can do to go over it, or walk it, or hire a car etc etc.
So we got onto one of those jump on and off open bus tour's that are in every city, and were pleasantly surprised to learn that the bus had been made in Dublin- funnily enough it was the image of the ones that run in Dublin too, except the steering wheel and doors are on the other side.
The bus brought us all over SF, to places we hadn't even thought of going to, such as to see the Painted Ladies (photo to come) and eventually we got to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The bus pulled in beforehand to a parking lot, in case anyone wanted to get off and walk across the bridge, and warned of the time of the next bus.
Going across the bridge was very windy, I was glad I had my hair back! It was cold also, and I was also glad I'd put on my rainjacket previously as it acted as a bit of a barrier to the wind.
The bridge is long, and i was glad we took the easy way out and got the bus across!
the bus pulls into the car park on the other side and turns to come back, you could potentially get off here and walk down to Sausalito and get the boat back- I think it was only one mile to Sausalito.
Photos to come
Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
I love San Francisco - I am an Aussie who has travelled extensively in USA but San Francisco is a place of beauty and tranquility. I feel safe and relaxed here.
This is my third trip. I have walked the Bridge before with my husband this September I will be walking the Bridge with my cousin..
So really this will be the third time as I walked back last time. This time we will catch a bus and off to the next stop for a ferry ride back.
As an Aussie this Bridge walk is total awesome. There is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. You really feel part of San Francisco when you do this walk. Just walk and look all of the time.
I need a knee replacement and I will walk this bridge again and enjoy it as if it was the first time.
Please when you go to San Fran walk the Bridge - you will never regret this experience.
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Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco's most famous landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge stretches 1.7 miles over the mouth of the bay and its towers reach almost 750 feet above the water surface. It was the world's largest suspension bridge in 1937 when it was completed, and it is now the US's second longest suspension bridge behind the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. 100,000 vehicles cross the bridge everyday following California Highway 1 and US Highway 101. Golden Gate Bridge is considered San Francisco's third most popular tourist destination after Fishermans Wharf and Chinatown.
A 490 million dollar seismic retrofit began in 1997 and is still ongoing. This will help protect the bridge in the event of another major earthquake in the region.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a toll road with a $5 fee collected in the southbound direction only. Pedestrians may use the bridge for free during daylight hours, and bicyclists can ride on the bridge anytime.
Walking the Bridge
To see the Golden Gate Bridge is one thing, but to walk the Golden Gate Bridge is quite another. In fact its safe to say that walking across the bridge is the only way to truly say you have experienced the Golden Gate. Walking the bridge will give you a greater appreciation for its architecture and beauty as well as for its sheer size. Its takes about a hour to walk from one end of the bridge to the other and back. The views of downtown San Francisco and Alcatraz are fantastic and nothing quite beats staring down at a barge as in goes under the bridge, the temptation to spit is enormous, but don't do it, there are cameras everywhere! Word of warning, the weather around the bridge is always windy and cold even in the middle of summer, so it would be wise to bring a sweatshirt or windbreaker even if its a eighty degree day, because the wind whips violently on the bridge and 80 degrees will quickly feel like 60 degree's!
Even Better in Person!
As amazing as the bridge looks in pictures, its even better in person, which of course won't come as a surprise. What does come as a surprise is how beautiful the view is from the Visitor Center. The bridge stretches out in the distance at a angle showing off all its highlights and regardless of the weather its always a sight to see. Whether highlighted against a brilliant blue sky or embroiled in a milky fog there is never a bad time to visit. There is a park in front of the visitor center with benches that face the bridge, there is also a bike trail that runs along the waterfront. So no matter how your choose to get there, be it by foot, bike, car, or bus visiting the Golden Gate Bridge will serve as the highlight of your visit to San Francisco!
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