The Golden Gate Bridge Famous Landmark in San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge is one of most popular and beautiful bridges around the world. This is the best way to get to the Bridge, much more memorable is the way the fog pours.

Golden Gate Bridge connects the city of San Francisco with the Pacific Ocean and Marine County across the Golden Gate strait with a total distance of 5000 ft. This bridge was designed by an engineer Joseph Strauss. It is the one of the world’s largest suspension bridge built and was a great challenge to build among the wide spread depression, disbelief and opposition from the masses during 1933-37.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

It took thousands of workers, four years and 35 million dollars to complete the structure. On May 27, 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge was inaugurated by 18.000 people who walked across the bridge. The next day the bridge officially opened to motorized traffic. Today more than 120,000 cars cross the bridge each day.

Facts and Figures

  • The total length of the bridge is 8,981ft or 2,737 m.
  • The main span between the two enormous towers is 4,200 ft long, making the Golden Gate Bridge the world’s largest suspension bridge.
  • The two beautiful Art Deco towers are almost 820ft tall, of which more than 70 ft is below the sea level.
  • The road, six lanes and 90 ft wide is an amazing 220 ft  above the water level.
  • It is supported by enormous cables, anchored in hundreds of bars locked into concrete blocks with a pulling power of 25 million kg.
  • The two cables have a total length of 2,332 meters and a diameter of 90 cm. They are woven from 27,572 threads of steel with a total length that equals three times the earth’s circumference.

Attractions

The elegant Art Deco design of the two huge towers and the magnificent surroundings near the Pacific Ocean with an eye catching orange-red color of the bridge helped make the bridge immensely popular. The color was suggested by engineer Irving Morrow, who thought the traditional gray color was too boring while the orange color was more suited to the surroundings of the bridge. Moreover it is more visible to the passing ships in the fog conditions.

Crossing the bridge

Walking across the bridge to cross a distance of around 3 kms at a staggering height of 220 ft above sea level is quiet unpleasant despite its lesser sensibility to the earthquakes or powerful winds in the extreme conditions. It would be better to cross it by car but them you will have to pay the toll for that. Pedestrians including wheelchair users and bicyclists can go on the sidewalks of the bridge during daylight hours but roller blades, skateboards and roller skates are not permitted.

Reaching there

The Golden Gate Bridge is located at the Presidio Park and can easily be reached by bus or car. The most pleasant way to reach the bridge however is by walking either from the Marina District to the east or from Baker Beach to the west of the bridge. Both routes will lead you through a park, and especially the route along the east is very popular.

The Best views

The Golden Gate Bridge is a spectacular sight which can be seen from many areas around San Francisco. Here are some locations from where you have great views on the bridge:

  • South Vista Point.:  This is the most popular site, situated at the San Francisco end of the bridge.
  • North Vista Point: This is Located at the Marin County side of the bridge.
  • Land’s End: Panoramic View from the northern tip of Lincoln Park
  • Baker Beach: This is reached at the Presidio Park.
  • Conzelman Road:  At the Marin County side; great view from an inlet near the bridge.

The Golden Gate is at its most charming in the morning when the bridge is often masked in mist. But the bridge is also alluring at night when the lighting makes it seem as if the peaks of the towers dissolve in the darkness.

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