Nothing says California like the Golden Gate Bridge, and visitors are in for a treat if they take the time to tour the brand new, 3,500 square foot Bridge Pavilion Welcome Center. Bridge Pavillion Center, Opening Ceremonies — Photo courtesy of SF Examiner
Before walking or driving across this unforgettable bridge, stop into the center and immerse yourself in its fascinating and, at times, controversial history. For example, many people opposed the bridge, including photographer Ansel Adams, who worried the bridge would destroy the natural beauty of the bay. Seventy-five years later, though, few dispute the bridge's beauty.Golden Gate Bridge — Photo courtesy of publicdomainimage.com
Besides offering a historical context for the bridge, the center can offer directions for the many new trails in the area, too. Visitors can now safely hike from the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to Baker's Beach, a trek that used to involve cliff scrambling and possible poison oak infection...!Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach — Photo courtesy of fotpedia.com
Whether you're interested the history of the bridge or local hiking, the new Bridge Pavillion Center will make your Golden Gate Bridge visit complete.