San Francisco – The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge which spans the Golden Gate. The opening of San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean is the Golden Gate. This American construction marvel connects the north of San Francisco and Marin County.
History of the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge was ready for crossing in 1937. It used to be the longest suspension bridge span in the world. Since then its span length has been surpassed by eight other bridges. It still has the second longest suspension bridge main span in the United States and it was number five on the "list of America's Favorite Architecture" by the "American Institute of Architects." The Golden Gate Bridge is an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California.
Visiting the Bridge
There is something for everyone at the Golden Gate Bridge and whether you walk, drive or cycle your Golden Gate Bridge experience will be unique and special. There are sidewalks for cyclists and walkers and a map with trails is located on the south side of the bridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Roller blades, skateboards and roller skates are not permitted and dogs are only permitted if they are fully supervised and on a leash at all times.
In the "Roundhouse" on the southeast side behind the Strauss Statue (Strauss was the original Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge) is the Gift Centre where you will find a nice selection of photos, books, posters and other Golden Gate souvenirs. The "Roundhouse" was originally a restaurant for passing motorists. During the summer it is open daily between 8:30 am and 7:30 pm and between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm during the winter.
Don't miss "Vista Point" on the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. At this scenic point an important memorial statue of "A Lone Sailor" has been constructed. This statue is dedicated to San Francisco's proud maritime past and to all of the sea services including the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guards and the Merchant Marines.
The bridge is 1.7 miles long so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. If you want to stop for a rest and some refreshments you will find the Bridge Café on the southeast side of the bridge. They have a good choice of food and beverages giving you a chance to refuel before you continue on your way. The Bridge Café is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm in the winter and from 9 am to 7 pm during the summer. Not far from the café you will find some beautiful gardens where you can wander and admire the beautiful flowers as well as viewing the bridge from a different perspective.
If you are interested you can find the construction statistics of the bridge on a cross section of one of the bridges main cables to the left and a little behind the Strauss Statue.
And finally, two useful links for your trip:
The Golden Gate Bridge – Official Information about the Bridge
San Francisco Hotel Deals – Book hotel rooms in San Francisco