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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, 94129
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Category: Attractions
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Golden Gate Bridge

Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this iconic landmark has been a favorite since its debut in 1937. Though its initial design was considered "ugly," the Golden Gate Bridge's two signature orange Art Deco towers provide incredible views of the Bay Area and Pacific Ocean. Visitors can learn more about the bridge's history through a guided tour, or catch up on some exercise via the pedestrian pathway.

Details

Hours -

Open daily year round; Varies by season for bicyclists and pedestrians

Prices

  • Pedestrians/Cyclists - Free
  • 2-Axles/Motorcycles - $6
  • 3-Axles - $18
  • 4-Axles - $24
  • 5-Axles - $30
  • 6-Axles - $36
  • 7+-Axles - $42

Events

  • Amgen Tour of California
  • Independence Day Fireworks
  • Golden Gate Bridge Swim
  • Golden Gate Triathlon

Activities

  • Outdoor Exhibits
  • Dining
  • Hiking
  • Walking Tours

Bridge Tolls

Though a pedestrian toll was administered until 1970, the Golden Gate Bridge is by and large a toll-free passageway for cyclists and pedestrians journeying between San Francisco and Marin County. As a result, visitors can roam about the 1.7-mile long bridge at will. However, when driving into San Francisco via vehicle, drivers are assessed various toll rates depending upon the number of axles on their vehicle, beginning at $6 for 2-axle cars and motorcycles.

Bridge History

Construction for the iconic orange beast began in 1933. Designed by engineer Joseph Strauss, the Golden Gate began as a suspension bridge to connect San Francisco to Marin County across the 1,600-meter wide strait. Despite its initial misgivings, Strauss pulled full-speed ahead on the project, incurring enough financial and public support. Its incredible breadth makes it one of the largest suspension bridges in the world after its inauguration in 1937.

FAQs

  • Are there guided tours available at the Golden Gate Bridge?

    Yes, though the park conservancy's Golden Gate Bridge walking tours have ceased operations, visitors can still enjoy free walking tours by San Francisco City Guides on Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Where is the best place to park to visit the Gate?

    Parking is extremely limited, so it's recommended to use another method of transportation to visit the Gate. However, you can still access the northeast and southeast visitor areas for parking if needed.

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