Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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    The fantastic Golden Gate Bridge

    by SailorRoar Written Apr 2, 2008

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    The world most famous bridge

    The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most fantastic landmarks in the world. You can see it from several places and angles, but my personal favorite is to rent a car or a bike and go north across the bridge, take of at the lookout just after the bridge, and after a short stop there, drive north to the next exit (just a fe meters further) and cross directly under Highway 1 and then drive up the hills on the on the north-west side of the bridge. From there you get a great view of the bridge with the bay and San Francisco in the background, like in the picture. A last tip is to go on a day with clear blue skies and just before sunset, the light will then give the bridge a fantastic red glow. Enjoy!

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    Visitor's Center in Golden Gate Bridge

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 20, 2007

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    A gift center and a café welcome visitors at the south end of the golden gate bridge, near the toll booth plaza wherrein you can buy souvenirs of san francisco and the goldel gate plus see various statues and a cross section of the steel cable of the golden gate bridge. It can be a starting point to walk through the bridge or to walk around the presidio, fort mason, fort point, Baker beach, golden gate national recreational area.

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    Fort point!

    by machomikemd Written Oct 20, 2007

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    Fort Point with view of Golden Gate Bridge!
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    This is the view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point. The fort is five stories, made primarily of brick, and admission is free. The views from the top floor are gorgeous, windy, and a little precarious. The spiral staircases leading up to the top are definitely from another era.Civil War reenactment is seen inside. On wavy days, surfers try to catch rides about 100 yards away from the Fort in the cold bay water. Fort Point is part of the Golden Gate national recreation area. Nearby sites include: the Presidio, the Marin Headlands (across the Golden Gate), Crissy Field beach (about 1/2 mile down the pier from Fort Point).

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    THE LANDMARK OF San Francisco!

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 20, 2007

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    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!

    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 $5 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.

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  • a dream comes true

    by Manyana Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    THE Golden Gate Bridge

    that was on my travel wish list - to SEE the Golden Gate Bridge, to STAND on it, and to WALK over it. well, i've done a bit more to be honest; took pictures of it,lol

    i don't know but the image of this place brings so much power to me, with all what it stands for; a bridge to connect two disconnected islands; rich as in gold; with loads of opportunities as in gate. i don't know much about its history but it's quite a compelling metaphor for me,and I made this dream come true, couldn't be more blessed:^)

    unfortunately due to the cloudy weather of SF, try to look for the sunny days over summers. you can shoot quite good pictures from either Fort Point or Marine from the other side of the bridge.

    the bridge itself is open for pedestrians as well, so you touch and walk, and here we go and live,lol. the view fro over bridge at night is marvellous, i could stay there for days, talking to no one but the musical waves of the ocean.

    go and enjoy

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    Great views of the Golden Gate Bridge!

    by worldkiwi Written Sep 14, 2007

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    The Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Spencer.

    The best place to get dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge is from Baterry Spencer on the northern side of the bridge. This place is in the Marin Headlands where I stayed for one night. Early in the morning, I got up and drove in my rental car to Battery Spencer to get spectacular views looking down over the Golden Gate Bridge.
    I got there on Conzelman Road, I think - which is the last exit heading south before the bridge. If you were really keen, I think you can walk across the bridge from the south and probably clamber up to the old battery for late afternoon views!

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    Golden Gate Bridge

    by barryg23 Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    I didn’t know too much about San Francisco before we got there but the one thing I did know about was the famous bridge over the city, the Golden Gate Bridge. The first time we went to see it was a little disappointing as there was a heavy mist covering much of the bridge. Later on when the mist cleared we could appreciate the bridge in all its glory. It’s an amazing structure and nothing beats seeing it up close.

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    The Awesome Golden Gate Bridge

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 10, 2007

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    We crossed The Golden Gate Bridge several times while sightseeing in or near the San Francisco area (picture #2). Each morning it would be clothed in an ethereal mist, which would generally lift near noon.

    This awesome structure is brightly painted an International Orange. Most of the acreage on either side of the bridge is just scrubland since it nudged up to a military installation know as The Presidio.

    Here are some interesting facts about The Golden Gate Bridge:

    The main span is 4,200 square feet
    The length of one cable is 7,650 feet
    The diameter of one cale is 36 3/8 inches
    Total wires in each cable 27,572
    Total wire used 80,000 miles
    Weight of cable (includes suspenders and accessories) 24,500 tons

    The toll to cross South over the bridge is $5 and is only charged one way. John A. Roebling and Sons of Trenton, New Jersey constructed this massive structure, which was completed in 1937.

    Golden Gate Park, creatively landscaped by John McClaren when the famous Frederick Olmstead refused the commission, shows great foresight and originality in the design of its vast 1000 acres.

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    View the Bay from Golden Gate Bridge

    by SteveOSF Updated Jul 19, 2007

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    Take a walk, bike ride, or drive across this San Francisco icon. The views are fantastic on a clear day. Plan your trip because rush hour traffic can be a mess. It costs 5 bucks to cross the bridge by car. The toll is collected in the southbound (towards S.F.) direction only.

    But be forewarned, it can become socked in with fog. Not only will the view from the bridge be impaired, but you will not even be able to see the bridge itself from nearby places like the Marina. It can get windy on the span, therefore dress in layers. So check the weather before venturing to the bridge.

    The design of the bridge has historically been credited to Joseph Strauss. But Strauss did not design the bridge. As visionary and promoter, Strauss was the driving force for the building of the bridge. But a structural engineer named Charles Ellis was in responsible charge of the design. It was Ellis who incorporated theory into practice and was the technical driving force behind the bridge. Ellis performed thousands of calculations, developed the specifications, and wrote the construction contracts for the Golden Gate Bridge. Shortly before construction, Strauss dismissed Ellis. Only in recent years, has Ellis been given credit for his accomplishments by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Golden Gate Bridge District.

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    Golden Gate

    by DJMist Written Jun 11, 2007

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    I'm not sure there is much more to say about this amazing feat of engineering. It is the icon of this city and perhaps the entire west as well as a symbol of what is truly possible depite the feeling of impossibility. My favorite views of the Golden Gate Bridge come from the Marin Headlands on the north side. One can look out over the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, Oakland, and right through the bridge's cantilevers onto the city of San Francisco.

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    The Golden Gate Bridge

    by Hellfirejen Written May 25, 2007

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    This bridge is fantastic. I remember me and my travel buddy walking up to it and thinking... we're in San Francisco. Only thing to be careful of, is walking across it, there is nothing at the other side. Well, there's toilets, but nowhere to get a drink or anything. We walked over it, it takes about half an hour, in swealtering heat and ended up making our way down to Sausalito then getting a ferry back. I think the best thing to do would be to hire the bikes from the Pier where you can bike over the bridge and down to Sausalito then get the ferry back with the bike. Much easier!

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    The Golden Gate Bridge

    by Hellfirejen Written May 25, 2007

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    This bridge is fantastic. I remember me and my travel buddy walking up to it and thinking... we're in San Francisco. Only thing to be careful of, is walking across it, there is nothing at the other side. Well, there's toilets, but nowhere to get a drink or anything. We walked over it, it takes about half an hour, in swealtering heat and ended up making our way down to Sausalito then getting a ferry back. I think the best thing to do would be to hire the bikes from the Pier where you can bike over the bridge and down to Sausalito then get the ferry back with the bike. Much easier!

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    the most beautiful bridge in the world.

    by cachaseiro Written Apr 22, 2007

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    golden gate bridge is one of those wonders of the world that i never get tired looking at.
    it has the most spectacular setting there in the mist and looks more majestic than most other man made things i have seen in this world.
    it falls in to the same category as petra in jordan and the red square in moscow as a place with magic.

    i would suggest that you like me enter san fransisco by bicycle from the north the first time you see this place.
    that way golden gate will be the first thing you see in san francisco and you will bike across it with alcatraz sitting there to the left.
    what more can you ask for.

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    How Come Every Time You Come Around . . .

    by PVHS02 Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    The Golden Gate Bridge is one of those things you see on the opening credits of Full House but don't really think about as exisiting until you see it. It was an amazing thing to see but had this feeling like I've seen it a million times before. Like it wasn't a stranger at all.

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    Walking the Golden Gate Bridge

    by smschley Written Mar 1, 2007

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    The Golden Gate Bridge is best seen on foot or by bike (it's free, too). A stroll across San Francisco’s most famous landmark is unforgettable. Coming North from San Francisco be sure to slow down as soon as you see the toll gates. The entrance to the first parking lot is a hard right after the wall disappears. This is a meter parking lot so be sure to bring change. If you overshoot the parking lot don’t despair, another large parking lot can be found on the other side of the bridge. This lot is free but you will have to pay the bridge toll on the way back. The eastern path is predominately for walkers, but you still need to be on the look out for a few obnoxious bikers traveling very fast. If you have a bike, take it to the western side where 99% of the bikes can be found. If you have a bike and want to take the eastern side, just take it slow or better yet, walk it. If you want to walk the western side… good luck,

    From the bridge, you'll enjoy stunning views in all four directions: the expansive blue Pacific to the west, the sailboat-dotted Bay to the east, the picturesque City to the south and the towering Marin headlands up north. Stand near the southern pedestrian entrance on the eastside of the road to peer at the courtyard of Fort Point below. Further out, look over the guardrail as cargo ships gliding by seem toy-sized in the distance.

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