Golden Gate Bridge

Completed: 1937 | Main Span Length: 4,200 feet | Total Length: 1.7 miles

The Golden Gate Bridge is the iconic symbol for San Francisco.

Named after the three-mile Golden Gate strait that it spans, the Golden Gate Bridge connects the northern tip of the San Francisco peninsula with Marin County over the waters where San Francisco Bay’s brackish waters flow out into the Pacific Ocean. Painted a brilliant orange vermillion, San Francisco’s famous suspension bridge is the ninth longest in the world, however, is arguably the most photographed and well known of all bridges. It has also been declared one of Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

During my first week in San Francisco, I biked across the Golden Gate Bridge on a tandem with a friend. Starting from the San Francisco side, we maneuvered our way across the windy bridge towards the Marin Headlands and Sausalito in beautiful, sunny weather. Since the rest of my stay, the Golden Gate Bridge continued to loom large wherever I explored; it’s a beautiful structure and one I’ll miss very much when I’m gone.

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