Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge featuring a marina, a suspension bridge or treetop walkway and night scenes

Golden Gate Bridge

Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot.

Although shrouded in mist for a lot of the time, one of the most photographed bridges in the world is still a stunning sight and something of an event to cross. It inspires awe and fires up the imagination with its size, scale and beauty. This icon of American architecture stretches 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) across the "Golden Gate", the opening of San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

The single-span suspension bridge connects San Francisco and Marin County. It took four years to build, opened to traffic in 1937 and was designed to withstand winds of more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) per hour. At the time of its completion, the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world, but that record has been broken several times since.

The structure offers some terrific views of the bay area, the city skyline, the Pacific Ocean and Marin Headlands on the north side of the bridge. To make the most of the views and to get a sense of the bridge’s size, cycle or walk across. If you’re driving you’ll be concentrating on the traffic.

Pedestrians can only use the bridge during daylight hours and walk on the east sidewalk. A small barrier runs the length of the sidewalk and separates it from the road. Cyclists can use both east and west sidewalks. It is usually very windy high above the water, so layers of clothing are advisable even in the summer.

Enjoy one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Vista Point at the north part of the bridge in Marin County. At any time of day it’s a glorious spectacle: at dawn it slowly brightens up with the rising sun, and at night the lights sparkle and bounce off the dark water.

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Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
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Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point
4.5 out of 5
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA, 94965
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4 out of 5
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Presidio Parkway Inn
Presidio Parkway Inn
2 out of 5
2361 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123
The price is HK$699 per night from 30 May to 31 May
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Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point
4.5 out of 5
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA, 94965
The price is HK$4,290 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
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Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is HK$1,561 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
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Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
2190 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123
The price is HK$1,300 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
The price is HK$1,305 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is HK$1,327 per night from 30 May to 31 May
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Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
2 out of 5
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Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, 94103
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