Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
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Stretching 4,200 feet and towering as high as a 65-story building, this well-known bridge is the gateway to San Francisco.
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Partimebob
Birkenhead, UK31 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
What an amazing structure. An icon of engineering that you can walk on and touch. Strolling across it was easy and gave fantastic photo opportunities back to the city.
It took us about an hour from the Vista Point South to the Lonely Sailor Statue for yet more photos.
We then walked down Alexander Ave into Sausalito which was another 45 minutes. We needed to get to the ferry before the last departure but if you have time, there are plenty of places to eat or drink and admire the views. The ferry was another 30 minute ride back to the city - 7 dollars if you're as old as me, 14 if you're younger. Get it on your bucket list.
Written January 11, 2023
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Boston1989
174 contributions
Nov 2021
Have always wanted to walk over the bridge and was thrilled when we found ourselves in San Francisco. We took a taxi to the bridge and got dropped off at a car park which had a small gift shop, toilets and a small upmarket cafe (takeaway style).

On the way we had driven past bicycle rentals and we naively thought there would be some near the bridge which wasn't the case. We had also expected there would be some coffee shops, restaurants etc right near the entrance which we could spend time in before/after setting off however thats also not the case. (Whilst I can't mark this down for those issues they did reduce the whole experience).

We walked around half way across, had great views of the bay behind us with the opportunity for lots of pictures. The center is quite cold so take a jacket due to the extra breeze. It's quite noisy too, so for those with children I would recommend ear plugs. There's also no bins, so bear this in mind before you head off.

Was a long wait for a taxi to arrive so if you have data, would recommend get an Uber or wait for someone being dropped off in one.
Written November 16, 2021
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ1,659 contributions
Aug 2022
This is an iconic spot that you just have to see and, if possible, walk. It is often cold here and even rainy/foggy when other areas in town are hot and sunny. Driving the bridge is fun, especially taking a trip over to Sausalito, but remember that it is free going North but there is a toll coming back South. Getting pictures on the bridge isn't easy while driving (unless you take a bus tour). Just amazing views that everyone needs to see at least once in their lives.
Written August 25, 2022
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Lottelli
Wirral, UK2,432 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
You really do have to come and see the iconic bridge! We got a bus which stopped at the visitors centre right by it. The visitors centre is mainly a shop (a good one too) but it also has some facts and history regarding the bridge. Outside there is further information and interactive displays on how the bridge was made.
There are a few options to get across the bridge. We got a bus over (get from the top road - walk up the steps or go up to where the cafe is and walking along you will see a bus stop). You can get tickets on your phone or at the bus stop. It was pricey though - $8 just to get one way. Then was walked back. It was amazing! We saw loads of people cycling too and you can also get a boat there/back if you wanted too.
In the morning there is usually a lot of fog - which is cool but we wanted to see it without the fog so set off one morning that was perfectly clear! We did well. I heard the afternoon is generally better if the fog is in morning.
Go check it out from Chrissy hill too for a different aspect.
Written November 5, 2022
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Ajia C
Loveland, CO22 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
It was a fun walk around wouldn't go on it is way too loud and cold. We enjoyed the walk and drove through. It's a tourist destination for sure. We went on a Sunday which for whatever reason was less foggy (btw the fog is korl)
Written November 1, 2022
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amychav
San Jose, CA204 contributions
Sep 2022
The Golden Gate Bridge is stunning. I highly recommend going at a time when it is not foggy. You can ride your bike, walk, or drive across. If you do drive across, be aware that there is no toll booth to take cash payments. So, you will have to have a Fast Track or receive a bill. It is totally worth the cost of the toll. At the end of the bridge on the Sausalito side, there is a parking lot with a bathroom where you can observe and take pictures.Definitely wear comfortable walking shoes and layers as the weather can change quickly. Do not miss this iconic attraction.
Written September 26, 2022
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NatSteveC
Birmingham, UK240 contributions
Sep 2022
After seeing the GGB on the TV and in movies all my life, I finally got to see it for real and it was amazing, almost surreal.
We had a lovely clear day and got some great pictures.
The next day, it was completely shrouded in low cloud so we realised how lucky we were to see it the previous day in all it's glory. It's a bit tight to walk over it with cyclists flying past pedestrians. I'm sure there have been plenty of accidents on the walkway over the years. Other than that, a great experience.
Written October 19, 2022
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PromitaS
13 contributions
Nov 2021
San Francisco is the first place I lived in the US and it will always be close to my heart. Golden Gate bridge is an iconic bridge of the world and rightly so. You can get amazing views of the bridge from the parking lots or you can also park and walk on the bridge to get a feel of it. When you drive through the bridge, it is an amazing feeling to look up at it. It looks magnificent on the rare sunny days but also looks magical covered in the clouds of the bay. There are so many tours, some that cross the bridge over to Sausalito by foot or on a bike and some on boats under the bridge with amazing sunsets and a full view of the skyline of the city. There is a fort there as well and lots of parks and areas to walk and stroll, even ride a bike and walk your dogs. I LOVE this bridge!
Written May 3, 2022
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jeffreyokon
Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria179 contributions
Aug 2021
Great view of the bridge from so many vantage positions.
there is a great pedestrian walk path across the bridge which is an easy walk, jog or bicycle ride across.
great for a family walk.
Also drove across the bridge there is a toll (one-way) if going across the bridge into San Francisco city.
you will get 2hours parking at the Golden Gate Welcome Center ($2)
Written August 31, 2021
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wendy L
Evanston, IL498 contributions
Jul 2021
We hired a special van ride to the Bridge, and watched a great video on its history. It was windy, foggy and misting, but we walked halfway across the Bridge and got some really interesting photos, thanks in part to the weather conditions (a rather ghostly feeling overall). I would have loved to do some really nice photo work on and around the Bridge, but the misting was a real issue. However, you don't need a sunny day to see the magnificence of this architectural beauty, and I'm glad I was able to experience it in person. There is a visitor center and parking area at the base of the Bridge on the SF side, and from there you walk up a couple of hills and onto the bridge itself. Safety rails on both sides give a feeling of confidence, though the walkways can get a little slick in the mist. There is also a lot of construction work going on, and bikes crossing as well, so it can get a bit crowded at times. Rest rooms are at the visitor center, along with a gift shop. Regardless of weather, this is a definite SF must-see.
Written July 9, 2021
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