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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

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

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

Battery Spencer

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

Baker Beach

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

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!

Our insider tips

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.

What people are saying about Golden Gate Bridge

Fantastic sunset - fantastic boat and crew. Excellent!

A very memorable evening and what a way to enjoy such a beautiful sunset and the San Francisco Bay! Next time we're back in San Fran - we'll be signing up for another trip. Excellent!

Really enjoyed the day great tour guide kimmy

Excellent relaxing day tried lots of wine and tour guide was very attentive overall a great day

So much fun with Kevin as our tour guide!

This was our first segway tour! Kevin was helpful, informative and humorous! We were able to see so much in a time window that was perfect for us. There was time to take a short break while on the tour to enjoy a quick slice of pizza as well! Kevin made the experience very fun and we will definitely be taking another segway tour in the future!

Spiritual walk into the woods and Napa valley that refreshed the soul

We had a great time with our tour guide Kimberly - she was enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about San Fran hot spots and gave us great tips along the way. Loved her music on the tour! Would love to do another tour with Extranomical- worth the day trip!

Easy online ticketing, informative multi-lingual narrative

Booking tickets was easy online. (Note: must take your voucher or bar code, and exchange it for actual boarding tickets at the venue). Lines form early, so arrive in plenty of time.

Golden Gate Bay Cruise Reviewed by kurt, 09/11/2018

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