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Golden Gate Bridge
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Time Out says

By foot, bike, car—or taking in views on the beach—there are many ways to witness the beauty of the most beloved bridge in the world.

What is the Golden Gate Bridge?

Built in 1937 to connect San Francisco with the Marin headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most universally recognized landmarks and most photographed bridge in the world. Visitors stand in awe of its 746-foot tall towers and bold International Orange color, which is repainted year-round.

Is the Golden Gate Bridge worth visiting?

The Golden Gate Bridge is the number one landmark in San Francisco—don't miss a chance to witness its stunning architecture, be it heading across the bridge or taking in views from San Francisco or Marin. Whichever way you choose, just don't forget a jacket—Karl the Fog is often looming nearby. 

What's the best way to see the Golden Gate Bridge?

Visitors often choose to experience crossing the bridge by foot, bike or car. Bikes and cars are permitted access 24 hours a day, while walkers can cross using the east sidewalk between 5am-6:30pm (5am-9pm during Daylight Savings Time). 

Looking for a good viewing spot instead? You'll have plenty of options, including Crissy Field, Fort Point, Baker Beach or our favorite, the brand-new Presidio Tunnel Tops.

What's good to eat near the Golden Gate Bridge?

There aren't a lot of options directly near the base of the bridge on either side. On the San Francisco side, your best bet is in the Presidio—try Il Parco for a casual option in the Presidio Tunnel Tops park or Dalida, a buzzy new Mediterranean restaurant. On the Marin side, we continue taking in the views from Farley or Sula inside the historic Cavallo Point Lodge, or find plenty of options in the quaint oceanside town of Sausalito. 

Clara Hogan
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