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Golden Gate Bridge

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The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the one-mile-wide (1.6 km), one-point-seven-mile-long (2.7 km) channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the American city of San Francisco, California – the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula – to Marin County, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The Frommers travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world." It opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m).


History


Ferry service

Before the bridge was built, the only practical short route between San Francisco and what is now Marin County was by boat across a section of San Francisco Bay. A ferry service began as early as 1820, with a regularly scheduled service beginning in the 1840s for the purpose of transporting water to San Francisco.
The Sausalito Land and Ferry Company service, launched in 1867, eventually became the Golden Gate Ferry Company, a Southern Pacific Railroad subsidiary, the largest ferry operation in the world by the late 1920s. Once for railroad passengers and customers only, Southern Pacifics automobile ferries became very profitable and important to the regional economy. The ferry crossing between the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco and Sausalito in Marin County took approximately 20 minutes and cost US$1.00 per vehicle, a price later reduced to compete with the new bridge.

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GOLDEN GATE Brg, San Francisco / California / US,
United States, 94129.
Website - http://www.goldengatebridge.or g
Telephone - (415) 921-5858
Email - bridgecomments@goldengate.org

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    Posted by - Ahmad Ali | 1 year ago

    San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge stretches into a sea of fog, as seen from a helicopter. California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which borders the bridge, is just as stunning a

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    Posted by - Sung Kwang D. Kim | 1 year ago

    I got really lucky with the parking here. If you live in SF you can also get here by bus which is the mode of transportation I took the first time I came to visit the Golden Gate Bridge.

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    Posted by - Antonio Cortes | 1 year ago

    A place that you must visit while you are in this area! The parking lot next to the bridge is usually pretty packed. A good option is the parking lot next to the West Bluff Picnic Area. From there you

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    Posted by - Ben Wasserott | 1 year ago

    Spectacular views. Very long and awesome to bicycle across. Weekends and especially holiday's you can expect massive crowds in the form of pedestrians and cyclists. If you are a avid cyclist beware: t

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    Posted by - Tabitha b | 1 year ago

    Most admit this bridge was so beautiful! WOW!! It was definitely crowded as it is a popular attraction. I must admit I was able to capture the scenery. Definitely a romantic spot! I recall seeing "Ful

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    Posted by - Isaiah Garcia | 2 years ago

    Who isn't taken aback by this beautiful landmark? It's the finest bridge in the world if you ask me! I don't think I'll ever get tired of being in its presence.

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    Posted by - Gloria Lynn Vann | 2 years ago

    Enjoyed driving across the "Golden Gate Bridge" very beautiful site! I enjoyed seeing it lit up at night..Just as beautiful at night as well as in the daytime. Enjoyed parking at the look out point vi

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    Posted by - Nicolas Goldring | 2 years ago

    Undoubtedly what makes San Francisco instantly recognizable. This iconic bride gave me a view of Downtown to the East, and the Pacific Ocean to the West, which lead to Japan and China, two of my most

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    Posted by - Robert Flowers III | 2 years ago

    The views. The VIEWS. It's a great place to get to if you're in the area. You can get free parking at the Battery's (southwest of the bridge / 101). The walk between there and this bridge offers some

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    Posted by - Mohammad Jonny | 2 years ago

    Awesome view. Great attraction. It is windy so I would wear a light sweater. Also the employees there are very nice. At the store and the security around are very nice and helpful. They knew their his