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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's no place in the world quite like Golden Gate Bridge. To help you make the most of your time here, we've put together a list of some of the best things to do:

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


Guide to Exploring around Golden Gate Bridge


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Lodging Near Golden Gate Bridge

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Hotel Whitcomb $106
Hotel Whitcomb

Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market St, San Francisco
     
    3.2
    of 5, from 9,260 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located in the San Francisco theater district with a BART and MUNI station at its entrance, this downtown hotel is 6 blocks from Union Square and within a mile of Moscone Center and SFMOMA.

    Hotel Spero $179
    Hotel Spero

    Hotel Spero

    405 Taylor St, San Francisco
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 363 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Hotel Spero is steps away from Union Square, perfectly positioned in the Theater District of San Francisco, 2 blocks from the Powell Street cable car.

      Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel $199
      Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

      Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

      495 Jefferson St, San Francisco
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 6,150 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Across the street from San Francisco Bay, this boutique hotel occupies a creatively converted 1909 brick warehouse; fun-filled Fisherman's Wharf is right outside; the Alcatraz ferry is 6 blocks away.

        Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco $135
        Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

        Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

        2755 Lombard St, San Francisco
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 774 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

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

          It's Chic. It's an Apartment. It's Everything you Need
          It's Chic. It's an Apartment. It's Everything you Need

          It's Chic. It's an Apartment. It's Everything you Need

          , San Francisco
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 32 reviews
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Richmond District, this romantic apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of China Beach, Japanese Tea Garden, and California Academy of Sciences. California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Golden Gate Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Centrally Located in the Heart of SF, 2 Bedroom and 1 1/4 Bath - 30 Day Minimum
            Centrally Located in the Heart of SF, 2 Bedroom and 1 1/4 Bath - 30 Day Minimum

            Centrally Located in the Heart of SF, 2 Bedroom and 1 1/4 Bath - 30 Day Minimum

            , San Francisco,
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Richmond District, this apartment building 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).

              Inn at Golden Gate $109
              Inn at Golden Gate

              Inn at Golden Gate

              2707 Lombard St, San Francisco
                 
                3.6
                of 5, from 892 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

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

                Marina Motel $149
                Marina Motel

                Marina Motel

                2576 Lombard Street, San Francisco
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 319 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

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