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Golden Gate Bridge

Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot. 

Although shrouded in mist for a lot of the time, one of the most photographed bridges in the world is still a stunning sight and something of an event to cross. It inspires awe and fires up the imagination with its size, scale and beauty. This icon of American architecture stretches 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) across the "Golden Gate", the opening of San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.   

The single-span suspension bridge connects San Francisco and Marin County. It took four years to build, opened to traffic in 1937 and was designed to withstand winds of more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) per hour. At the time of its completion, the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world, but that record has been broken several times since.  

The structure offers some terrific views of the bay area, the city skyline, the Pacific Ocean and Marin Headlands on the north side of the bridge. To make the most of the views and to get a sense of the bridge’s size, cycle or walk across. If you’re driving you’ll be concentrating on the traffic. 

Pedestrians can only use the bridge during daylight hours and walk on the east sidewalk. A small barrier runs the length of the sidewalk and separates it from the road. Cyclists can use both east and west sidewalks. It is usually very windy high above the water, so layers of clothing are advisable even in the summer.

Enjoy one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Vista Point at the north part of the bridge in Marin County. At any time of day it’s a glorious spectacle: at dawn it slowly brightens up with the rising sun, and at night the lights sparkle and bounce off the dark water.


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Lodging Near Golden Gate Bridge

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Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-San Francisco/Golden Gate

Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-San Francisco/Golden Gate

2322 Lombard St, San Francisco
3.2
of 5, from 164 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the popular Marina District, this San Francisco hotel is a half-mile from the Exploratorium, 1 mile from Ghirardelli Square, and 1.8 miles from Fisherman's Wharf.

House in San Francisco

House in San Francisco

3879 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Francisco, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Walt Disney Family Museum and University of San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts and California Academy of Sciences are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$129
Inn at Golden Gate

Inn at Golden Gate

2707 Lombard St, San Francisco
3.5
of 5, from 265 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marina District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Crissy Field and Palace of Fine Arts. Lombard Street and University of San Francisco are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$207
Travelodge at the Presidio

Travelodge at the Presidio

2755 Lombard St, San Francisco
4.0
of 5, from 214 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marina District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Crissy Field and Palace of Fine Arts. Lombard Street and University of San Francisco are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Knights Inn

Knights Inn

1 Richardson Avenue, San Francisco
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marina District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Crissy Field and Palace of Fine Arts. Lombard Street and University of San Francisco are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$139
La Luna Inn, a C-Two Hotel

La Luna Inn, a C-Two Hotel

2599 Lombard St, San Francisco
3.4
of 5, from 675 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in San Francisco's Marina district, this revamped 1960's-style motor inn is the closest hotel to the Golden Gate Bridge. Nearby attractions include Fisherman's Wharf, the Palace of the Fine Arts, and Exploratorium museums.

$130
Geary Parkway Motel

Geary Parkway Motel

4750 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
3.9
of 5, from 157 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Richmond District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of De Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and Japanese Tea Garden. University of San Francisco and Golden Gate Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$217
Marina Motel

Marina Motel

2576 Lombard Street, San Francisco
3.9
of 5, from 68 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Marina District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Crissy Field and Palace of Fine Arts. Lombard Street and University of San Francisco are also within 2 mi (3 km).