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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

Fabulous tour with a highly knowledgeable guide

San Francisco has very quickly become one of my favourite destinations to visit. The Towers Tour guide was highly knowledgeable and gave us a great insight into the city and its history. We will definitely be back and we would highly recommend GetYourGuide and Towers Tours!

Sea Plane tour is a must. Best part of our trip

Thank you to Ana, Paul, and John of Seaplane Adventures! Ana and Paul went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful time. John is the most experienced pilot you could ever hope for!

Seaplane Flight + Alcatraz Cruise & Tour Combo Reviewed by Christy, 01/08/2019

This was an experience I will always remember.

Yosemite, Redwoods, Wine Country was great! Did not get refund for Monterey. High wind Advisory over cliffs of Pacific Coast Hwy and heavy rain. Why I didn't go! I don't want to die because of tour company ignorance. I want my money back! Please respond.

Nice tour to see most of the town in a smal timeframe aboard a cable c

Nice tour to see alcatraz along site most of the emblematic points in the city in a small timeframe aboard a cable car. Curt and Joan were a joy. Recommended

Just as it was supposed to be (and even better)

Torsten is a very pleasant guide, who met all our needs and requests. He drove us to all majors sights, explained a lot and gave us useful tips. It was an excellent private tour.

San Francisco City Tour with Visit to Alcatraz Reviewed by Angelos, 12/24/2018

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