What can you expect:
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The Frommer’s travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.
Both ends of the Bridge touch the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Enjoy picturesque trails and vista points in one of the world’s largest national parks in an urban area.
If you’re interested in the history of the Golden Gate Bridge, twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) free walking Bridge tours are offered by San Francisco City Guides, a non-profit organization associated with the San Francisco Public Library.
It is free to visit the bridge itself. But parking next to the bridge does cost money. And if you want to drive across the bridge, keep in mind:
Cars (southbound only)
$8.35 (Pay by plate), $7.35 (FasTrak), $5.35 (carpools during peak hours, FasTrak only)
The Golden Gate Bridge itself is always open. But the Bridge’s Welcome Center offers merchandise and historical information is open at the following times:
|Monday||9am – 6pm|
|Tuesday||9am – 6pm|
|Wednesday||9am – 6pm|
|Thursday||9am – 6pm|
|Friday||9am – 6pm|
|Saturday||9am – 6pm|
|Sunday||9am – 6pm|