Whether your planning your trip to San Francisco or a local looking for something to do, there’s nothing more exhilarating than a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Since it’s opening in 1937, this 1.7 mile suspension span between San Francisco and Marin counties has welcomed millions of visitors.
The term “Golden Gate” and San Francisco dates back even further. In 1846, Captain John C. Fremont named the entrance to the San Francisco Bay the “Golden Gate” from ancient Byzantium. The population boom of the Gold Rush prompted support for the construction of the bridge. In 1916, plans finally began to take hold. Many doubted that the engineering of this bridge could be accomplished but all it took is the dream and dedication of one engineer, Joseph Strauss, and the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 as the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Although you can drive from San Francisco to Sausalito and back, walking is the best way to experience the pure magic of this bridge. The sidewalk is open to visitors 7 days a week, between sunrise and sunset. It’s about an hour walk across, at a leisurely pace, and the views you will see across the bay in both directions is just stunning.
While you’re visiting, be sure to visit the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center. It’s a great on-site center dedicated to telling the bridge’s rich history.
There’s also been a lot of enhancements along the Batter East Bay Trail. You can rent a bike to cycle along the trail from Sports Basement. There are separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians, bold wayfinding signage, revitalized landscaping with native plants, and an improved trail grade so that everyone can enjoy.
The Golden Gate Bridge is the perfect outing for those San Franciscans to remind them that they live in one of the greatest cities in the US and it’s one of those memorable trips of walking across one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.
If you’re looking for some great seafood, interesting shops, and views of Alcatraz, your next stop should be Fisherman’s Wharf.
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