The world-famous Golden Gate Bridge is a must-see when visiting San Francisco, but it won't be hard considering the 1.7-mile-long orange behemoth can be seen from vantage points across the city. Connecting San Francisco to Marin County, the bridge is the only road to exit the city to the north, and is part of U.S. Route 1 and California Route 1. Approximately 120,000 automobiles cross the span every day. Construction on the bridge began in 1933 and was completed four years later, with the first automobiles crossing it in late May 1937. Today, the Golden Gate Bridge is as majestic as ever. Visitors can view it from both its north and south sides. A pedestrian walkway runs the length, and bikes are allowed on the western side. In-line skates, skateboards, and roller skates are not permitted. Dogs are allowed only if they're leashed at all times. From the southeast parking lot, visitors can take a short walk to the Fort Point Overlook, which offers stunning views of the bridge and is a good spot to take photographs.

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Active and Adventure Review of Golden Gate Bridge

Away Travel Expert: Karen Kefauver
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking,Mountain Biking,Road Biking,Walking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The red suspension bridge connecting San Francisco to Marin County was completed in 1937 after four years of construction.
  • The bridge spans two miles so is a great choice for a walk, run, or as part of your bike ride. It is usually chilly and misty here though, so remember to dress accordingly.
  • Cyclists have toll-free access to the Bridge's sidewalks 24-hours a day

U.S. Highway 101/ Battery Cranston Rd.
San Francisco, California 94129

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (415) 921-5858
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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