When completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge boasted the world’s longest suspension bridge main span – it measures 1,280 metres. Today the structure continues to mesmerise as an engineering marvel and is one of the main attractions for visitors to San Francisco. A photograph with the bridge in the background is obligatory but don’t settle for any old shot – take the opportunity to explore the Bridge from multiple angles.
Here are the top five ways to experience the Golden Gate Bridge.
For that perfect photo opportunity, head to either the north or side lookout points. There is parking at both locations and a café on the city side.
Pedestrians can walk across the structure on the east side of the bridge. The feeling of standing half way across the bridge can be highly humbling – you’re 67 metres from the water and at its peak the pylons stretch 227 metres into the air. The walk one way is almost three kilometres long.
Travellers can hire a bike and cycle across the bridge at any time of the day or night. Once you’ve crossed the bridge, consider extending your ride and appreciate the glorious city of San Francisco on a bike.
From Fisherman’s Wharf take the ferry to Sausalito to admire both San Francisco’s glorious harbour and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Maybe combine this option as a round trip and walk back to the city across the bridge.
Appreciate the true wonderment of the Bridge on a Seaplane Tour. Not only will you receive the exhilarating take-off and landing on water, but the plane will also fly above Alcatraz, downtown San Francisco and Angel Island.