Golden Gate Bridge Guide

San Francisco Bay

Golden Gate Bridge

No road trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. Its reputation — including the memorable orange color and trademark fog — make the bridge one of the most famous landmarks in the world, and you have the chance to see it in all its glory. So grab your camera and get ready, because bad photos of the bridge are almost impossible to produce.

As the second bridge built across the bay to San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge permanently etched its way into our hearts for two reasons. One, while waiting to decide on the color of the landmark, builders placed an orange primer over the bridge for protection, causing the city (and world) to have a “Eureka!” moment. And two, the Marin headlands’ green landscape (in the background of most San Francisco photos) adds perfectly to the character of the structure. Little do people know, though, the beauty was actually planned as part of the design.

Place all the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge tip to tip and they would wrap around the equator three times.

Cable of the Golden Gate Bridge

Joseph Strauss, a civil engineer and artist himself, wanted to create a bridge that complimented the landscape of San Francisco. In the process, he created an icon of the city. He also put into practice a number of safety measures we use in standard construction today, such as hard hats on job sites, and a safety net for workers who fell off the bridge during construction (to catch the person, similar to a trapeze net). The insightful engineer was even able to save Fort Point Historic Site, an old fort located under the footprint of the bridge, from destruction. Not bad for an artist, right?

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Golden Gate Bridge in mild fog

Through the efforts of Strauss and many others, the Golden Gate Bridge became one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, right next to the Eiffel Tower in France and the pyramids of Egypt. So at Orange Sky Adventures, we say if you have a chance to go see the Golden Gate Bridge, you should, without question, do so.

We can keep writing, but instead, we say turn off your computer and go see the bridge. The best views are from Crissy Field, the Marin Headlands and the San Francisco bay itself.

Best View San Francisco Marin Headland

How Do I Find The Golden Gate Bridge?

  • Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge is usually the first goal for many San Francisco travelers. It’s on the north end of the city (somewhat) near Alcatraz Island.
  • Most travelers use bus routes 28 and 29 to reach the orange monster, while some enjoy a bike ride to the bridge. Remember, though, San Francisco can get cold — remember to dress in layers and stay warm.
  • To reach the Golden Gate Bridge from Union Square you can hop on bus 33 and transfer to bus 28 in The Marina neighborhood (usually a 1 hour trip). Or you can choose to ride a bike from Fisherman’s Wharf (45 mins).

Female Traveler at Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

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Early afternoon is usually the best time to view the Golden Gate Bridge. The fog has a chance to burn off and the sunlight is just right for photos. And if you ride a bike over the bridge, make sure to visit the Marin Headlands — the views are DEFINITELY worth the steep hill climb.

Location of the Golden Gate Bridge