World-Famous Golden Gate Bridge
The world-famous Golden Gate Bridge links San Francisco with Marin
County — it offers some of the most stunning views of San Francisco
and its sailboat-filled bay.
Opened to pedestrians on May 27, 1937 — and to automobiles the next day, the Golden Gate Bridge is visited by millions of tourists every year. Painted an International Orange, it is the "world's most recognizable
bridge" — and one of the most popular on the planet.
Did you know that 10 million walkers and cyclists annually cross the Golden Gate Bridge? If you plan to walk
or cycle across the bridge, be sure to dress warmly. Wear layers it can get chilly if it's foggy or windy,
even in the summer. As Mark Twain was once quoted as saying "The
coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco!"
The span was built to withstand 27-foot side-to-side sways and move up and down by as much as 10 feet — and seismic retrofitting should help the bridge endure an 8.3 earthquake.
Bridge Pavilion Visitor Plaza
A new Bridge Pavilion Visitor Plaza is located at the southern end of the span, near the statue of Joseph Strauss (Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge). The Pavilion provides visitor info, gifts and memorabilia, and houses interesting exhibits — it's open 9am-6pm. Parking is limited.
50th Anniversary "Bridge Walk"
We participated in the infamous 50th Anniversary "Bridge Walk" in May 1987, when the bridge was closed to traffic. Over 800,000 people from around the world (including my family from London) crowded onto the bridge that day — and yes, it was a little scary with so many pedestrians jammed together and nowhere to move. Infact, the arch in the roadway actually flattened under the weight of so many people. But what FUN — it's a day that we'll never forget!
Scenic Vista Point areas are
located at each end of the
Golden Gate Bridge park, enjoy the view, and snap
photos. Two new Visa Points are being planned for the future. New overlooks and trails can be found in the adjacent Golden Gate National Parks.
Lone Sailor Memorial
Visit the new Lone Sailor Memorial the 7-foot
Bronze Statue (pictured near bottom right) is located at the northern end of the Bridge,
at Vista Point. During the evening, the memorial is softly illuminated.
The plaque at the entrance reads "Here the sailor feels
the first long roll of the sea, the beginning of the endless horizon
that leads to the far Pacific." Another small plaque describes the monument "Dedicated to the ordinary Sailors and Marines who sailed from this place and did their duty."
— Best View of Golden Gate Bridge
The Marin Headlands is our favorite place to get a bird's eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge and beautiful San Francisco skyline. It's the number one place we take all our out-of-town guests on a sunny day.
USS Nimitz (US Navy aircraft carrier, one of the largest warships in the world) making a dramatic entrance under the Golden Gate Bridge into SF Bay
Road Trip thru' History (vintage cars and motorcycles from 1937 to present day)
Crissy Field Future Fair
Spectacular Fireworks & Light Show (one of the highlights for us was watching the fireworks waterfall flowing over the entire deck of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was surreal — we've never seen anything like it before!
Celebratory events went on throughout the year to commemorate the bridge's 75th Anniversary.