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“Nothing says 'San Francisco' more than this iconic span that bridges The City's past, present & future”

San Francisco Bay Bridge
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San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise
Ranked #46 of 544 things to do in San Francisco
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the longest bridges in the world, this spectacular structure links downtown San Francisco with the city of Oakland.
Moreno Valley, California
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“Nothing says 'San Francisco' more than this iconic span that bridges The City's past, present & future”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

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!

Visited December 2013
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“san francisco bridge lights”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

we are in this great bridge conceived as a real form to work architectonically in a spring to the air with the waters aside, beautiful position to make love walking on the clouds with a chinese woman needing one more time her adiction fast and deep to attain the gardens of immortality and eat there the secret fruit, tied now in our lips

Visited January 2014
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Massive Bridge”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Drove to Napa Valley and crossed the bay bridge to get there. It is really a huge bridge and I don't know why it doesn't get the recognition that the Golden Gate Bridge gets!! Really cool driving below on the way there and on top on the way back. Definitely drive over the bridge and check out the lights at night!

Visited December 2013
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Sacramento, California
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“Recently remodeled”
Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Bay bridge is one of the longest and massive bridges I've ever seen. It connects San Francisco to north bay.

Visited November 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Beautiful bridge and light show”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

The Bay Bridge is a beautiful looking bridge. At night they have a wonderful light show that my wife and I got to go to bed to and wake up to each day. If you can get a hotel, and a room with a view of the bridge, do it. It's well worth it.

Unless the hotel is the Harbor Court Hotel by Klimpton. Review to follow in the very near future. Don't do it, just don't.

Visited December 2013
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