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How to visit and stroll through the Golden Gate over San Francisco Bay

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San Francisco Golden Gate Suspension Bridge

There is no doubt that the great icon from the city of San Francisco is the Golden gate, the great suspension bridge that majestically crosses the San Francisco Bay,

Therefore this bridge must be a essential visit on your tourist trip through the west coast of the United States.

You should know that it is a very important axis for communications in the area, as it fulfills the function of linking the highway San Francisco Peninsula with the coastal population of Sausalito and the area called Marin Headlands.


San Francisco Golden Gate Suspension Bridge

All information in detail

  • How to visit the Golden Gate
  • Golden Gate toll prices
  • ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP
  • How to get to the Golden Gate
  • USEFUL SERVICES for your TRIP

When the Golden Gate was built

Designed by the architect Joseph Strauss, cross the 120 meter long strait that joins the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay

HeGolden Gate suspension bridge It was built in January 1933, and opened in May 1937.

When the Golden gate, it became the longest bridge ever built, and is currently considered the fifth favorite architectural element in the United States, and the first of the West Coast.

Why the Golden Gate is orange

One of its most identifying characteristics is the vibrant Orange with which the metal structure was initially painted.


San Francisco Golden Gate Suspension Bridge

But the point is that, finally, it was decided to keep such a striking color to this day, accentuating itself as an original element of the image of the San Francisco city.

The road that passes through the bridge is the Route 1 of California, and the US 101.

How to visit the Golden Gate

For visit the Golden Gate, if you come from downtown San Francisco, by Marina Boulevard, in the coastal neighborhood of The marine, before taking the US 101 highway, you must take the right Old Mason Street.

This street will take you to a first car park at the foot of the bridge.

From there you will have the firstpanoramic views of the Golden Gate from near and, in addition, the possibility of walking access to the bridge to make a walking tour.


San Francisco Golden Gate Suspension Bridge

You can toocross the bridge by car by US 101, in the north direction, to thus access the other lookout with parking on the other side, on the right just after crossing it.

Of course, you should know that the bridge is a toll road for vehicles, but with free access for pedestrians and cyclists.

Golden Gate toll prices

He Toll price at the Golden Gate (2018) is 8 dollars for cars and motorcycles.

From the north viewpoint, right where the road starts towards Sausalito, you will have some excellent panoramic views, not only of Golden gate, but also of the city of San Francisco, of the whole bay, and in the foreground, of the Alcatraz Prison Island.

How to get to the Golden Gate

The Golden Gate crosses San Francisco Bay and allows you to go from the Californian city to, for example, Sausalito residential.

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