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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  • hotdishgraf
    Fargo, North Dakota27 contributions
    Walking the bridge in February
    We drove over bridge(awesome) and parked at the H. Dana Bowers rest area. We then walked back across the bridge. It was windy and noisy and exciting! Two narrow lanes, one for walkers/runners and other for bikers. Lots of bikers! Would not recommend double wide strollers. Saw sea lions swimming below and surfers.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Pranav Balachandar
    Tampa, Florida104 contributions
    The Golden Gate Bridge
    A marvel of architecture stranded across the Bay & the pride of Northern California, this bridge has hundreds of viewpoints across the city & is beautiful across time of day & climate. It is very vulnerable to fog & can be a bummer when the visit is timed wrongly. A great view to behold for tourists & a must visit if it's the first time in the Bay Area.
    Visited April 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Charlotte W
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom22 contributions
    Cycling recommended.
    I feel like there isn't much to say, it is what it is. However I decided to rent an e-bike and cycle over the bridge which I would definitely recommend! Lovely experience and view. Apparently it is recommended/common for people to cycle all the way over to a little town on the other side of the bay, but I recommend turning around and cycling back as you then get the view of San Fransisco which was beautiful! It is busy but I hadn't cycled in around 10years and after getting used to it quickly it was fairly easy to navigate other cyclists and pedestrians.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written March 15, 2023
  • love
    Illinois10 contributions
    Bucket-list Deja Vu
    Modern marvel! Engineering feat! Not much more to say. Worth the trip to San Francisco. Foggy and wet but the Golden Gate didn’t disappoint. Was on my bucket list and I think will leave it there, so I’m guaranteed to go back!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Amber N W
    5 contributions
    Wonderful and a must see!
    I highly recommend visiting the Golden Gate Bridge and going to the lookout next to it! You should also purchase a street hotdog ( $10.00) while at the look out spot and enjoy the view with your family! Great for all ages!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 21, 2023
  • Swarup Durve
    5 contributions
    Mesmerizing and Amazing!
    It's a mesmerizing experience! To me a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge is a technical marvel and a get-together with your or your loved ones. There is something mystical about this place glancing at the blue water, a very positive, happy and a peaceful feeling when you get there.
    Visited July 2022
    Written April 7, 2023
  • Pias
    7 contributions
    Enjoyed walking
    Nice view from the hills. The walk across the bridge was long, about 3 km, I spent an hour one-way. If you want to ride a bus back, the nearest bus stop was 15 mins away. So, plan your trip if you want to walk.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 11, 2023
  • joanie30735
    Dalton, Georgia3,896 contributions
    Wow!!! To see is to believe!!
    When seeing it for the 1st time off in the distance will give you chills! Such a wonderful sight to actually see! And then to see it up close and personal! Wow!!! Why else go to San Francisco when on vacation? This was truly something we will hold in our heats forever!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 20, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,429 contributions
    Iconic Bridge with Many Ways to Experience
    Iconic structure and maybe the most famous bridge in the world. It represents San Francisco and the state of California as much as anything. Several ways to experience. Easiest is to drive across. No toll northbound but there is a toll when returning to the city southbound. There are some great viewing points on the north side of the bridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area including a viewpoint found by taking the 2nd exit after crossing the bridge when headed northbound and a couple nice viewpoints on Conzelman Road (one way accessed by going through the Baker-Barry Tunnel). You can also bike or walk across the bridge in a pedestrian/bike lane. There are boats trips from along the Embarcadero that tour San Francisco Bay. We've done all of those, but this time we splurged on a helicopter tour with San Francisco Helicopter Tours, and it was amazing.
    Visited October 2022
    Written April 26, 2023
  • BrummieMo
    Birmingham, United Kingdom93 contributions
    Breathtaking
    An iconic site that doesn't disappoint. Fantastic views back to San Francisco. But be aware that if you go on the open bus tour it can be very chilly on the top deck as it is always windy going over the bridge so wear something warm.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 30, 2023
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Martin M
Ireland155 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Iconic landmark of San Francisco and not to be missed, great photo opportunities from both sides of the bridge and I highly recommend it
Written February 23, 2024
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Bretty
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
I visited in August 22. Hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen. Literally and figuratively. As you zoom round that corner from San Francisco (sorry, I’m not a native) on the freeway on of those hop on/off buses. The experience will blow you away, but only if you’re top tier and outside. Stop, get off, walk over and get an overpriced sausage from a local vendor on the way back. Worth it.
Written February 20, 2024
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Jequavion Diggs
Alaska2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Not golden... :/ mostly red to be honest. When I got there it looked like it was red but I thought I was wrong but it was red and I got scammed.
Written February 13, 2024
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Steve W
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Couples
Doesn’t live up to the name. It’s red/orange and not golden. Not worth the effort if they can’t even name it properly. What a waste of a trip.
Written February 4, 2024
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA478 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Our first stop directly from the airport! A friend was visiting and it was her first time in San Francisco. We were lucky to have gorgeous weather and clear skies. We had beautiful views from the San Francisco side as well as a breezy walk onto the bridge.
Written February 3, 2024
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Seaside55511223672
Miami, FL8 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is an iconic masterpiece of engineering! Its breathtaking views and sheer grandeur make it a must-see attraction. A symbol of beauty and innovation, a visit here is an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended for anyone exploring San Francisco!
Written January 21, 2024
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,368 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
The Golden Gate Bridge Plaza is the best and most developed spot to see the iconic bridge in San Francisco.  The spot also provides amazing views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz, and the Pacific Ocean.  A path from the trail leads down to the bottom of the bridge and Fort Point, a historic fort.  The visitor center provides historical information about the bridge as well as other tourist info about San Francisco.  The beautiful plaza area also has informative displays about the bridge construction and its history.  One of the more interesting displays is how and how much the bridge swings during winds.  After absorbing all this amazing information, it is time to take a walk on the bridge.  The Bridge Plaza is a convenient informative spot for a first time visit to Golden Gate Bridge.
Written January 21, 2024
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK6,829 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Wherever you go in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge dominates the skyline. I rode over it on a Big Bus Tour, and if I wasn't unwell, I would have walked across it as I did 17 years ago. The bridge is really a feat of engineering, but has adapted well to the surrounding landscape.
Written January 21, 2024
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jenhuihui
San Francisco, CA7 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Pretty solid spot to visit in SF. Often cold and windy though so be prepared. It is definitely a spot to visit with friends and family at least once.
Written January 16, 2024
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Daithí Mac
Sydney, Australia121 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Brilliant structure. We loved the walk over the bridge it was amazing. Bring a jacket. It’s cold and windy. There are lots of vantage pilots all over the bay.
Written January 15, 2024
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