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Golden Gate Bridge

Type: Architecture, Great Views, Sightseeing, Uniquely Here

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Best Attractions & Activities: One of the world's most famous bridges, the Golden Gate spans 6450 feet and links San Francisco to Marin County. Completed in 1937 at a cost of $35 million, the "Bridge That Could Not Be Built" is now a landmark visible from many points around the Bay. Besides the new visitor's center on the south side of the bridge, the bike lanes on the west side of the bridge have been widened. The best way to see the bridge is on foot, so put some time aside to walk across the 1.7 mile span. Even if you only make it half-way, the views will be well worth it.

Free Things to Do: One of the world's most famous bridges, the Golden Gate spans 6450 feet and links San Francisco to Marin County. Completed in 1937 at a cost of $35 million, the "Bridge That Could Not Be Built" is now a landmark visible from many points around the Bay. Automobile access is available from US-101 or Lincoln Boulevard; pedestrian access, from the east sidewalk (5am to 9pm daily). A visitor center and gift shop are located on the San Francisco side, while scenic overlooks and parking can be found at either end. In the past, city officials have considered charging visitors to walk across the bridge, so get your walk in before politicians ruin the experience.

Sightseeing: One of the world's most famous bridges, the Golden Gate spans 6450 feet and links San Francisco to Marin County. Completed in 1937 at a cost of $35 million, the "Bridge That Could Not Be Built" is now a landmark visible from many points around the Bay. Automobile access is available from US-101 or Lincoln Boulevard; pedestrian access, from the east sidewalk (5am to 9pm daily). A newly re-designed visitor center and gift shop are located on the San Francisco side, while scenic overlooks and parking can be found at either end. Direct public transportation from downtown and from most parts of San Francisco.

Romantic Things to Do: One of the world's most famous bridges, the Golden Gate spans 6450 feet and links San Francisco to Marin County. Completed in 1937 at a cost of $35 million, the "Bridge That Could Not Be Built" is now a landmark visible from many points around the Bay. Automobile access is available from US-101 or Lincoln Boulevard; pedestrian access, from the east sidewalk (5am to 9pm daily). A visitor center and gift shop are located on the San Francisco side, while scenic overlooks and parking can be found at either end. For those romantics out there, walking hand in hand across the Golden Gate Bridge is simply one of the most romantic walks in the whole world.


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San Francisco, CA
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415-921-5858


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Expert Tips by Tom Molanphy

San Francisco Local Expert

Best Attractions & Activities: "The new visitor's center at the Golden Gate Bridge offers gifts, snacks and some fascinating history of the iconic bridge."

Free Things to Do: "Surprisingly enough, the safest place to be during an earthquake is the retrofitted Golden Gate Bridge."

Sightseeing: "Be sure to check out the Golden Gate Visitor's Center on the south side of the bridge."

Romantic Things to Do: "Don't let the summer fog on the San Francisco side fool you: the north tower in Marin is almost always fog-free."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Visiting San Francisco and not seeing the Golden Gate Bridge is like visiting New York City and not visiting the Empire State Building.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: The Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco what The Empire State is to NYC.

Best for Sightseeing Because: The Golden Gate Bridge never gets old as far sights to see.

Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Walking hand-in-hand across the golden Gate Bridge is one of the most romantic walks in the world.

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