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Bridge and Scenic Lookout
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  • Robert T.
    Robert ThachJuly 20, 2015
    It's obvious that making a stop in San Francisco and checking out this bridge is a no brainier! Been to this city several times, and the bridge has always amazes me! Great city, awesome bridge!
    Upvoted Aug 26
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28
    The Golden Gate Bridge is without a doubt the most well known emblem of San Francisco. Walking or biking across the bridge is a great experience, with incredible views from both sides. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 26
  • Chris O.
    Chris OSeptember 16, 2014
    If you are crossing in an open air bus it is cool and very windy. If you have a hat, one hand on your hat is recommended. Long sleeves and long pants would last be best in the am or when overcast.
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 8, 2014
    Be sure to either walk or cycle the bridge at least once. Be sure to go to the Marina Headlands afterwards for an even better view of the bridge and San Francisco
    HISTORYMarch 30, 2010
    The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937, & has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and CA.
  • Emmanuel Q.
    Emmanuel QuarteyApril 5, 2015
    The area around the bridge is a good place for picnics, barbecues, and quiet solo walks. It can be a little chilly (there's a Heating Room) so dress warmly.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJune 22, 2015
    Beautiful, iconic and usually foggy. Try not to get the chain linked fences in the background of your photos. Bus service to the bridge is easily accessible
  • David John S.
    Don't view from Vista Point!! Drive ½ mile up Conzelman Road for viewing points to get the GG bridge in the foreground and city of SF in the background! Your photograph album will thank you for it!!
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJuly 26, 2014
    Make sure to drive, bike and walk the iconic International Orange painted bridge to see the beauty from different perspectives. Much easier to park @ the vista point just north of the bridge, off 101.
  • NeMeSiS
    NeMeSiSApril 18, 2015
    Best place to visit. A must if u come to SF. Spare yourself 45 min and take a stroll along the bridge and enjoy the view and wind breeze.
  • Kay M.
    The view here is amazing! The golden gate is beautiful to look at. The view plus the cool weather of San Francisco made it a little romantic place to just look around and stare at the sea.
  • Omar L.
    Omar LoggiaSeptember 5, 2014
    The Golden Gate Bridge is the most iconic landmark in San Francisco. Walking or biking across the bridge is one the best experience of San Francisco. PD: The bridge is larger in the movies...
    ThePurplePassport.comAugust 20, 2012
    A modern Wonder of the World, the Golden Gate Bridge isn’t just gorgeous, the views of the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean beyond it also are. It’s one of the most photographed bridges in the world! Read more
  • Roy C.
    Roy CudillaAugust 12, 2013
    there are 2 view decks &, i picked the wrong one. pain in the butt parking & too many people. better one is the one after the bridge, uphill on the north side. its elevated & has a better view.
  • CaliGirl S.
    CaliGirl SavaSeptember 13, 2014
    bring a winter hat and warm clothes!!! incredible experience. one part of the bridge in the fog and the other part in the sun...amazing!!!!
  • Yateema4ever
    Yateema4everNovember 10, 2015
    We went there but with a tour and I can't not to tell you it was a crazy moment .. You feel like you will jump out there lol😂😜 but need to go again to walk aside and enjoy the view👍🏽
  • Laura
    LauraSeptember 25, 2013
    Come see the most beautiful bridge in the United States! The Golden Gate Bridge is located in my favorite US city, San Francisco. I've driven across it, sailed under it and it's breathtaking.
  • David
    DavidMay 16, 2015
    Definetely a must do in sf. Best way to explore is rent a bike for a day from fisherman's wharf and enjoy the views!
  • National Car Rental
    You can’t pass up a visit to this landmark, no matter what's on the agenda for this trip. Get the best view from the scenic outlooks on the NE and SE points of the bridge. Make sure to bring a jacket.
  • Goutham G.
    Beautiful bridge I have ever seen.. The clouds on top of the bridge makes it look more beautiful!! But had a horrible time finding parking space...Long enough to get a decent timelapse!!😀
  • Elysa E.
    Elysa EllisApril 19, 2015
    on foggy days there are several great vantage points other than the top. Check out Travis Marina for this view. Bonus: Plenty of parking!
  • Augustino P.
    Augustino PrzygockiJanuary 12, 2012
    Some of San Francisco's best weather is in October and November. If you want to get some spectacular views, plan your trip for this time of the year. Take a bay cruise with Blue & Gold Fleet at Pier41
  • Edward H.
    Edward HomickAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    For the best view / picture opportunity of the bridge, go to baker beach. Much better views there than at the touristy gift shop area. Or go across the bridge to hawk hill, beautiful view there too
  • Doug A.
    Doug AlesJuly 19, 2015
    In early 2015, a movable concrete barrier was added to the bridge. This barrier separates the six lanes of traffic. The Golden Gate Zipper can move the concrete barrier depending upon traffic flow.
  • Behrooz R.
    Behrooz RabieeAugust 27, 2014
    Spectacular! Go to the other side, not the vista point with all tourists. You can find great spots on the other road to park and enjoy!
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OrtizAugust 10, 2012
    Absolutely breathtaking views from the Bridge!!Definitely walk across it and beware of bikers! If your lucky you might watch dolphins playing down in the Bay! Be sure to visit the Forts!
  • David S.
    David SangerSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    When walking across the bridge be sure to look up and explore different angles of the towers and cables. You'll find lots of intriguing compositions and abstracts. Early evening the light is best.
  • Anthony
    AnthonyJuly 8, 2012
    See if the marine layer has crept in before you take a tour boat to the bridge. Clear and sunny skies at the pier doesn't necessarily correlate with conditions at the bridge.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 26, 2011
    Although many locals still ride their bikes across the symbol of not just our city, but of the promise of the American West, not many of us walk it. It may take a few hours to stroll the 1.7-mile span Read more
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareJune 7, 2013
    James Bond fights with villain and psychopath Max Zorin on the Golden Gate Bridge in A View to a Kill (1985). Of course, close-ups were filmed on a mock-up in the studio. Read more
  • Aolani S.
    Aolani SmytheSeptember 19, 2013
    Will always be in my heart and soul, the Golden City with world's historical bridge, San Francisco Gate ... Totally famous epic scenic spot in California, U.S.A. <3
  • Christina C.
    Drove through the thick fog twice today and this is the most we saw of the bridge. The view point is better on the north end "IF" its clear of fog
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerJanuary 6, 2015
    Golden Gate Bridge is a beautiful site. Check it out during the day or when the sun is setting. Definitely worth the trip!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    Wait for the morning fog to lift, take a taxi to the Southeast Visitor Area, and find the pedestrian walkway—if you can handle a run of 77 or 8 miles, continue through Crissy Field on the way back.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanAugust 18, 2014
    Bring a winter hat. Park at the lot on Merchant Rd at Battery Boutelle. Great views of the bridge, 0.3 miles to the visitor center, FREE.
  • TerraTopia
    TerraTopiaJune 23, 2011
    Says WaveDancer: A gorgeous view of the Bay and city. 1.7 miles to walk from one vista point to the other. (Allow at least 1 hour for RT). For our nature-inspired adventures visit
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 29, 2012
    Travel to the bridge and walk to find the perfect photo spot. Don't worry about parking. The lots are located on the northeast and southeast sides of the bridge.
  • Travelzoo
    TravelzooMarch 24
    Explore SF by bike and cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours is offer 24-hour bike rentals for two for $35. Purchase by 4/24/16. Read more
  • California Travel Tips - V.
    Welcome to the Golden Gate! Did you know 120,000 cars travel across here daily? The bridge is 1.7 miles from beginning to end with a 4,200 foot suspension span. It takes about an hour to walk across.
  • Peter S. Greenberg
    Peter S. GreenbergFebruary 29, 2012
    Try San Francisco City Guides, who offer free weekly tours where you can learn about the construction and history of the bridge. Then read more for the best way to photograph the bridge. Read more
  • Public Works
    Public WorksFebruary 15, 2012
    Walk, bike, or drive across this incredible bridge - one of the top public works projects in the United States! It's also fun to take a boat ride to get a view from the water.
  • Mr M.
    Mr MaggioOctober 3, 2014
    You must visit the bridge and appreciate it from different locations, dont limit yourself and miss the experience
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.September 2, 2014
    Take both a walk and a drive across this iconic landmark, it is great to see two different viewpoints of the bridge and it's magnificence!
    PRZAKJanuary 12, 2012
    Some of San Francisco's best weather is in October and November. Plan your trip for that time of the year to get the most spectacular views of the bridge and of the bay.
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁October 8, 2014
    The Bridge specially painted in Red/Orange colour is one of the famous landmark in US & the World. Truly a great spectacular structure in US.
  • Gregory J.
    Gregory JacksonJune 4, 2013
    Park and start from Mill Valley, and through Sausalito climbing up to the Golden Gate and across. That is a smoking ride. Of course you must u-turn at end of Bridge and return to Milly Valley. :)
  • Clay F.
    Clay FoxOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Yeah, come on, like you're not coming here first. #protip - explore the area east of the main entrance off of Lincoln Blvd. Some of the best photos can be taken there, then walk up to the bridge.
  • Perry Ellis
    Perry EllisMay 31, 2011
    Enjoy the breathtaking scenery by renting a bicycle and biking across the Golden Gate bridge. If you have time, continue to Sausalito, a picturesque community with amazing views.
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    The perfect spot for a great work out is a run on the Golden Great Bridge. Not only will you get a great work out in but you'll also enjoy an amazing view.
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumApril 20, 2012
    Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge expands or contracts as the air temperature changes? It can rise or fall up to 16 feet! Try using the GGB as a thermometer the next time you're at Fort Mason: Read more
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