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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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Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point

Cavallo Point

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

    Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Golden Gate Bridge and within 6 mi (10 km) of Presidio of San Francisco and Palace of Fine Arts. Golden Gate Park and Walt Disney Family Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway $129
    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

    1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco City Hall and Lombard Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). California St & Van Ness Ave Stop is only a 2-minute walk and California St & Polk St Stop is 2 minutes.

      Inn at Golden Gate $116
      Inn at Golden Gate

      Inn at Golden Gate

      2707 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Marina District, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Walt Disney Family Museum, Presidio of San Francisco, and Ghirardelli Square. Golden Gate Park and Pier 39 are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hyde St & Greenwich St Stop is 30 minutes by foot and Hyde St & Chestnut St Stop is 30 minutes.

        Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco $141
        Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

        Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

        2755 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Marina District, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Crissy Field and Walt Disney Family Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Alpha Inn & Suites $55
          Alpha Inn & Suites

          Alpha Inn & Suites

          2505 Lombard Steet, San Francisco, CA
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Marina District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Crissy Field and Walt Disney Family Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hyde St & Greenwich St Stop is 26 minutes by foot and Hyde St & Chestnut St Stop is 26 minutes.

            Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel $156
            Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

            Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

            3100 Webster St, San Francisco, CA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of San Francisco, this family-friendly hotel is steps from Union Street and Mexican Museum. Chestnut Street and Presidio Theater are also within 10 minutes. Hyde St & Greenwich St Stop is 16 minutes by foot and Hyde St & Lombard St Stop is 17 minutes.

              Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection $89
              Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection

              Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection

              2322 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Marina District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Van Ness Avenue and Fort Mason are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hyde St & Chestnut St Stop is 23 minutes by foot and Hyde St & Greenwich St Stop is 23 minutes.

                Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel $116
                Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

                Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

                444 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Western Addition, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and University of San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). California St & Van Ness Ave Stop is 29 minutes by foot.