Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge showing a suspension bridge or treetop walkway, a marina and a bay or harbour

Golden Gate Bridge

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Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot.

Although shrouded in mist for a lot of the time, one of the most photographed bridges in the world is still a stunning sight and something of an event to cross. It inspires awe and fires up the imagination with its size, scale and beauty. This icon of American architecture stretches 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) across the "Golden Gate", the opening of San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

The single-span suspension bridge connects San Francisco and Marin County. It took four years to build, opened to traffic in 1937 and was designed to withstand winds of more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) per hour. At the time of its completion, the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world, but that record has been broken several times since.

The structure offers some terrific views of the bay area, the city skyline, the Pacific Ocean and Marin Headlands on the north side of the bridge. To make the most of the views and to get a sense of the bridge’s size, cycle or walk across. If you’re driving you’ll be concentrating on the traffic.

Pedestrians can only use the bridge during daylight hours and walk on the east sidewalk. A small barrier runs the length of the sidewalk and separates it from the road. Cyclists can use both east and west sidewalks. It is usually very windy high above the water, so layers of clothing are advisable even in the summer.

Enjoy one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Vista Point at the north part of the bridge in Marin County. At any time of day it’s a glorious spectacle: at dawn it slowly brightens up with the rising sun, and at night the lights sparkle and bounce off the dark water.

Top Hotels Close to Golden Gate Bridge

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
The price is CA $203 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,433 reviews)
"Clean and quiet, with friendly and helpful staff. Located near plenty of transit options and having a safe garage was most convenient. Our trip was improved greatly by staying here."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is CA $243 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,399 reviews)
"Great hotel and location! Super clean and friendly, helpful staff. Great activities and bar area! Would stay here again and recommend it to others."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point
4.5 out of 5
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA, 94965
The price is CA $754 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sausalito. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (676 reviews)
"Amazing location and the property is vast and beautiful. Amazing views from propert trails and marina. Modern suites were fantastic. Highly recomended."

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2022

Cavallo Point
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Presidio Parkway Inn
Presidio Parkway Inn
2 out of 5
2361 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123
The price is CA $127 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is CA $243 per night from May 23 to May 24
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point
4.5 out of 5
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA, 94965
The price is CA $754 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Cavallo Point
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
The price is CA $203 per night from May 22 to May 23
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
2190 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123
The price is CA $205 per night from May 24 to May 25
Cow Hollow Inn & Suites
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is CA $216 per night from May 24 to May 25
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
2 out of 5
2755 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA, 94123
The price is CA $246 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is CA $256 per night from May 30 to May 31
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Vrbo Property
Vrbo Property
Sausalito, CA
Vrbo Property
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.