The Golden Gate Bridge links the city of San Francisco to Marin County across the Golden Gate strait. With construction completed in 1937, the bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world, a title it held until 1964.
The Bridge is painted “International Orange.” The color was chosen for visibility issues in the famous fogs of San Francisco. It also creates a dramatic photo opportunity. Tower and cable lighting was always a part of the design. Its two monolithic towers are defined by their gorgeous Art Deco styling. The towers taper slightly to visually enhance their height.
Travel by Foot, Bicycle, and Car
The Bridge consists of six traffic lanes, with three going in each direction. Car traffic is subjected to tolls. Sidewalks on either side are open to the public. The east side, facing the city, is for pedestrians all day and for cyclists during certain time periods. The west side is open 24-hours per day for bicyclists only.
The city end of the bridge has a visitor center and cafe. On the north end, is a vista point with rest rooms and great views back to the city. Tours and exhibits are offered at either end. The bridge also connects to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on either side, offering miles of travels, beaches and other activities.