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Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge showing night scenes, a marina and general coastal views

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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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $118 per night from May 6 to May 6
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,361 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

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Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point
4.5 out of 5
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA
The price is $403 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Golden Gate Bridge and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Presidio of San Francisco. Palace ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (635 reviews)
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Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
2190 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $84 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Marina District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Union Street, Presidio of San Francisco, and Van Ness Avenue. Palace of Fine Arts and Lombard ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,145 reviews)
"Nice and safe!"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $118 per night from May 6 to May 6
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Cavallo Point
4.5 out of 5
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA
The price is $403 per night from May 23 to May 23
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Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
2190 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $84 per night from May 9 to May 9
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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $84 per night from May 10 to May 10
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Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
2 out of 5
2755 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $131 per night from May 7 to May 7
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Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
801 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
The price is $280 per night from May 16 to May 16
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Inn at Golden Gate
Inn at Golden Gate
2 out of 5
2707 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $84 per night from May 6 to May 6
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Marina Motel
Marina Motel
2 out of 5
2576 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $94 per night from May 6 to May 6
Marina Motel
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