What a way to arrive in San Francisco! Despite a mid-day 30-min wait crawling up to the staffed toll booth to pay the $4 toll, coming from the Oakland side, we still were thrilled with the outstanding views from the bridge and the lift of the spirit you get ascending this iconic engineering marvel. Note the new, 21st century modernist design on the bridge segment coming up from the East Bay. Then, in minutes you are tunneling through the World's widest tunnel that was once the heart of wooded Yerba Buena Island. (See my other review for "Treasure Island" attractions.)
Soon you are moving towards The City of San Francisco but traffic here really slows down at peak hours, so plan properly. As the last mile of transcontinental Interstate 80 dissolves in your rear view mirror, take time to study the skyline visible from the 1935-built upper bridge deck. Plan your descent well because a spaghetti bowl of exits awaits you, depending on where you want to stop next.
Enjoy the bridge all you can but if one trip is not enough, here's a secret: You can get down on the surface streets, work your way carefully back onto an "Oakland", "East Bay" or "80 East" on ramp and head eastward, up onto the SF span, but turn off onto Treasure Island (from far left lane), make a U-Turn somewhere when you get down onto T.I. then head back to The City without paying any toll. Wow, what a steal.
There are no non-motor transportation facilities yet for bicyclists or pedestrians like on the Golden Gate Bridge… yet. The politicians promise, but we shall see. Otherwise there are no facilities whatsoever on the Bridge so plan accordingly. I also recommend making the westbound trip after dark for a refreshing perspective. Have a great time in San Francisco!
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