Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting San Francisco Bay with the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula.


The bridge has a main span of 1,280 metres (4,200 feet) and a total height of 227 metres (746 feet). At the time of its opening in 1937 it was the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world. It held this honour until 1964.

Construction on the bridge begun in 1933. It was designed by engineer Joseph Strauss.

You can walk, cycle or drive across the famous bridge. I walked across the bridge. Pedestrian access is from the East Sidewalk (bay side). From November to early March it is open 5am to 6.30pm, and from early March to early November it is open 5am to 9pm.

There are many opportunities to view the bridge. Can you walk along the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf. The bridge is 5.5 kilometres (3.5 miles) west of Fisherman’s Wharf.

You can also view the bridge from below Fort Point where Jimmy Stewart saved Kim Novak in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

A popular photo opportunity is from Marin Headlands (Vista Point). I stopped here on a tour to Muir Woods National Monument.











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