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December 28, 2018

San Francisco: The Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge appears from behind a hill.

There’s no more iconic sight in San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge. The Art Deco masterpiece sits at privileged location at the mouth of the San Francisco Bay. It’s a rare combination of an attractive structure built in a beautiful location.

There are plenty of places where one can get a good view of the bridge. Our preferred view is from the Marin Headlands, but the truth is that there are no bad angles. The bridge is photogenic from all angles. Indeed, according to Wikipedia Frommer’s travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”

The bridge as seen from Alcatraz

It’s not just an eye-popping photo op; the Golden Gate Bridge’s back-story is interesting. When the bridge opened in 1937 it was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world. The story of how the bridge came into being has many twists and turns.

A good way to learn more about the interesting history of the bridge is on a City Guides tour. These tours leave from the city side of the bridge. City Guides tours are free (though tips for the organization are usual). Enthusiastic volunteers who research their subjects in great detail give the tours. The tours are intended to last between 1.5 and 2 hours. It is tough to fit all of the stories of San Francisco’s famous bridge in such a short time.

Art Deco details


We toured the Golden Gate Bridge in March of 2017.

For some more angles on the Golden Gate Bridge see a previous Anotherheader post.

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