Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, CA 94129
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The Golden Gate Bridge stretching across the San Francisco Bay is an image that your mind will not forget. It is fascinating place, where the natural beauty of the bay is amplified by the awe of modern engineering. Whether you drive, walk, or bike across, the experience will leave you breathless. The suspension bridge carries over a mile, fortified by two tall orange towers and connecting cables. Take a guided tour to learn the history and science behind the structure, or witness its magnificence from a hilltop lookout at Presidio National Park or atop Hawk's Hill. Gather information and souvenirs at the Bridge Pavilion.

Hours
  • Open Daily

Prices
  • $5.00 for FasTrak.
  • $6.00 for cash payers.
  • Free to walk or bike

Events

Exhibit: The Golden Gate Bridge - An Icon that Changed Marin, now through September 1 at the Marin History Museum

Exhibit: A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge, through October 14 at the California Historical Society

Activities

  • Golden Gate Park
  • Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion
  • Walking, Biking, Sightseeing
  • Lookouts: Hawk Hill, Mount Livermore, Vista Point North, Vista Point South, Land's End
  • Presidio National Park
  • Bridge Cafe

Walk or Bike Across the Gold Gate Bridge

Walking or biking across the Golden Gate Bridge is a fun and free way to experience its sights and sounds. The walk will take about 30 minutes and be sure to bring warm clothes to protect you from the breeze. Dogs are allowed, but you may not ride on rollerblades or skateboards.

Golden Gate Bridge History

May 17, 2012 marked the 75-year anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Architects Joseph Strauss, Irving Morrow, and Charles Ellis developed the steel suspension bridge. Construction began in 1933 and finished in 1937.

FAQs

Q1: Where is the best place to park around the bridge?

A1: There is free parking on the Vista Point North, open from 7 am to 7 pm daily with a four-hour time limit. There is also a metered parking area ($0.25 per 15 minutes) on the south side, near the café and visitor center.

Q2: What are the hours for walking across the Golden Gate?

A2: The hours for walking across the bridge vary seasonally. During daylight time, May 23 - November 4, 2012, the East sidewalk is open from 5 am to 9 pm. During the Standard Time, November 5 - March 9, 2013, the East sidewalk opens from 5 am to 6:30 pm.

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