Golden Gate Bridge is one of America’s most proud symbols, and no visit to San Francisco would ever be complete without a chance to see it.
The bridge really is a majestic sight that requires one to be there in person to fully appreciate, because let’s be honest here: at a towering 67 meters tall and 2,737 in length, taking a photo of at least a portion of the massive GGB from the bridge itself is nearly impossible.
It was inaugurated on May 27, 1937 to thousands of revelers. It connects San Francisco to Marin County up north, making it easy to make a quick day trip to the scenic harbors of Sausalito and Tiburon as well as to see the giant Redwood trees at the Muir Woods National Monument.
The Golden Gate Bridge not only serves as an important transportation route, it also serves as a symbolism of the Golden Gate Bridge being that welcoming, golden monument that welcomes people to America coming in from the Pacific.
The Golden Gate Bridge has a welcome center in its San Francisco end (Presidio) that offers outstanding views of the bridge as well as merchandise and historical information. It is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and offers high-quality commemorative and interpretive merchandise, and also showcases the original 12-foot stainless steel Bridge “test tower” used in 1933.
There is also another epic viewing spot from its northern end once you cross the bridge coming from San Francisco.
Cheapnik tip: Make sure to plan ahead against the weather forecast before you visit. The weather in SF can change from bright and sunny to dark and foggy in a moment so make sure to also spare some time to wait it out.