Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate Bridge showing night scenes, a marina and general coastal views

Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot.

Although shrouded in mist for a lot of the time, one of the most photographed bridges in the world is still a stunning sight and something of an event to cross. It inspires awe and fires up the imagination with its size, scale and beauty. This icon of American architecture stretches 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) across the "Golden Gate", the opening of San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

The single-span suspension bridge connects San Francisco and Marin County. It took four years to build, opened to traffic in 1937 and was designed to withstand winds of more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) per hour. At the time of its completion, the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world, but that record has been broken several times since.

The structure offers some terrific views of the bay area, the city skyline, the Pacific Ocean and Marin Headlands on the north side of the bridge. To make the most of the views and to get a sense of the bridge’s size, cycle or walk across. If you’re driving you’ll be concentrating on the traffic.

Pedestrians can only use the bridge during daylight hours and walk on the east sidewalk. A small barrier runs the length of the sidewalk and separates it from the road. Cyclists can use both east and west sidewalks. It is usually very windy high above the water, so layers of clothing are advisable even in the summer.

Enjoy one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Vista Point at the north part of the bridge in Marin County. At any time of day it’s a glorious spectacle: at dawn it slowly brightens up with the rising sun, and at night the lights sparkle and bounce off the dark water.

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Top Hotels Close to Golden Gate Bridge

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥13,998 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,182 reviews)
"Nice room, very clean, great location. Staff was friendly, helpful and accommodating. Great location as well."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point
4.5 out of 5
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA
The price is ¥60,080 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Golden Gate Bridge and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Presidio of San Francisco. Marin Headlands ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (662 reviews)
"Such a unique setting"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Cavallo Point
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
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The price is ¥14,163 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street, and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...
3.8/5 Good! (3,196 reviews)
"The restaurant was not open and signs in the elevator still promotes a happy hour. The bar isn't open either...take the signs down. The checkin staff were pleasant but not as helpful as on previous visits. The onsite parking was a plus, but expensive."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
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Inn at Golden Gate
Inn at Golden Gate
2 out of 5
2707 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥11,308 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point
4.5 out of 5
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA
The price is ¥60,080 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥13,998 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥14,163 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥15,831 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
2 out of 5
2755 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥14,963 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
Vrbo Property
Vrbo Property
Sausalito, CA
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Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
2190 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥13,596 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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1 bedroom 1 bath Stunning Views
1 bedroom 1 bath Stunning Views
Sausalito, CA
1 bedroom 1 bath Stunning Views
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