Golden Gate Bridge

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Best Places To See The Golden Gate Bridge

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County to the north, and over two billion cars have driven across the suspension bridge since it's 1937 completion. But how else can you enjoy the bridge? Here are some tips.

  • Cruise

    1. Cruise

    Sail around the bay, under the bridge, and around Alcatraz Island. Not only that, but you can also keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, such as dolphins and pelicans!

  • Alcatraz Prison

    2. Alcatraz Prison

    Why not stop off at San Francisco's famous Alcatraz prison? Spend a day learning about its unusual history and location while you gaze at the city far away.

  • Battery Spencer

    3. Battery Spencer

    Get onto the viewing platform at this turn-of-the-20th-century military installation and enjoy the panorama.

  • Baker Beach

    4. Baker Beach

    Make an afternoon of sitting on the lovely shore, just off the Coastal Trail, and admire the bridge at sunset. Just be aware that the northern part of the beach is for nudists!

  • The Bridge Itself

    5. The Bridge Itself

    Want to take in the full scope of San Francisco's famous red structure? Then get on it! The only thing better than walking across the bridge has got to be crossing it by bike!

Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    Northern California enjoys more temperate weather than its southern counterpart, but it'll still be quite warm. Check the forecast - you don't want your trip to be spoiled by rain!

  • Do I need a ticket?

    If you're planning to view the Golden Gate Bridge from Alcatraz Island, please be aware that Alcatraz is a separate attraction and you'll need to buy a ticket for that in itself. Otherwise, all viewing spots are a matter of navigating public transportation!

  • How long does a cruise take?

    Most of them take around an hour and a half, although you may need to get there 20-30 minutes before departure time to ensure your place.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The views are available all day, year round! Traffic restrictions may prevent crossing the bridge at certain times.
  • Is it expensive?
    It's always free to view the bridge, but we suggest looking at a few architecture tours to better comprehend the engineering.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No -- but here's one idea: book a cruise through San Francisco Bay, and you will be able to take some amazing photos from the water.
  • How to get there
    There are many public transportation options available, so take a look, as routes vary depending on the starting point.
  • Additional information

    • Parking in the area is extremely limited, so take public transportation if you can.

    • Make sure you look out for construction alerts (available online or at any tourist information center), in order to avoid scheduled bridge closures.

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What people are saying about Golden Gate Bridge

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,117 reviews

The whole family enjoyed and it was overall a really good time. I would definitely recommend and so many people were taking pics when we were close to the bridge as well as under the bridge. We were allowed food/drinks as well. The ship was clean. 5 stars, no complaints!

This cruise was great! The crew made this trip absolutely amazing. They even offered to take pictures for everyone in front of the golden gate bridge and we got to see a beautiful sunset. 10/10 would recommend

Bring a jacket it gets cold on the water! Great picture opportunities. Would go again. Wish we could have heard the narration better, the engines were too loud

The hour long tour was just the right amount of time, and the tour narration included interesting information. Well worth the price.

So fun! Beautiful views. Awesome boat and crew. Definitely bring warm clothes. Thanks for having extra jackets!