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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.

Popular Activities at Golden Gate Bridge

There are loads of ways to experience this place. Here's some things you can do at Golden Gate Bridge:

For many more things to do, check out our San Francisco things to do page.


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Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf $175
Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
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Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

425 North Point, San Francisco, CA
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    The location was perfect for catching a few sights and also

    Hotel Zephyr $159
    Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019
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    Hotel Zephyr

    Hotel Zephyr

    250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Continental breakfast would be nice. A lounge in rhe hotel would be nice. The room waa not facing water as we were told at booking nor were there port jole windows

      Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf $169
      Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
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      Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

      Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

      2620 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA
         
        4.2 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Property was beautiful. Hotel is currently undergoing renovations which at one point caused for only 1 elevator but other than that our stay was pleasant.

        Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco $183
        Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019
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        Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

        Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

        2755 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
           
          4.0 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0

          It easclose to ehere i needed to go,. Places to eat close ny. Room met all our needs. Staff was very accomadating

          Inn at Golden Gate $119
          Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019
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          Inn at Golden Gate

          Inn at Golden Gate

          2707 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
             
            3.6 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0

            It's ok for the price that you paid for. Breakfast was good on the first morning but then whatever was left over for the day before was served again over and over for the five days that I stayed there.

            Luxury Upper Flat Marina Private Condo
            Reviewed on Jul 4, 2016
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            Luxury Upper Flat Marina Private Condo

            Luxury Upper Flat Marina Private Condo

            San Francisco, CA
               
              5.0 of 5
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              What a wonderful stay. The property is like new, well maintained and very nicely decorated. Located two blocks from the Palace of Fine Arts. The owner and family are great and were very attentive to all our needs. We can't wait to return!

              Cavallo Point $449
              Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019
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              Cavallo Point

              Cavallo Point

              601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA
                 
                4.6 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0

                Beautiful former Army post, originally dating from the mid 1800's. Lovely accommodations, service and restaurant. Walking distance (uphill) to the Golden Gate Bridge! Close to everything.

                Presidio Paradise in San Francisco!
                Reviewed on Jul 23, 2017
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                Presidio Paradise in San Francisco!

                Presidio Paradise in San Francisco!

                San Francisco, CA
                   
                  5.0 of 5
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                  Apartment is very spacious, lots of natural light. Kitchen is well stocked with utensils. Washer and dryer on site and easy walking to restaurants, and The Presidio.