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.

What people are saying about Golden Gate Bridge

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,002 reviews

Is a amazing place to visit and our tour guide kimmy makes it joyful and enjoyable into the napa and sanoma Valley with amazing views and great tasting wines is a place you must see and experience for your self you will enjoy every moment and have a amazing experience... See you again kimmy and thanks again for good times... Luis & Luisa LULU

Such a fun activity and a different vantage point to the typical site seeing in San Francisco. Views from the water were beautiful! Such a relaxing way to spend the day! Definitely recommend this activity.

We went as a group of 13, ages 2-40. We all had a good time. The bar/snack bar, was open, people out of our group were respectful of everyones space and overall we had a really fun time.

They should really let you know which channel they’re talking on. We missed information on the first 3 stops because we didn’t try channels other than the one it was set (default) to.

It was an awesome ride although it would have been nice to have been able to see the whales but that's not your fault all I know it was a very enjoyable Cruise