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Golden Gate Bridge

Pros: Beautiful from every angle, and useful as well
Cons: Traffic jams at peak hours
Best For: Walking, biking or driving across

Golden Gate Bridge

On May 27th 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic. It's chief engineer, Joseph P. Strauss, spoke these words at the ceremony:
"What nature has rent asunder long ago, man has joined today."

Construction began in 1933 at a cost of $35 million and upon completion it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Eleven workers lost their lives in the process, and those men who were saved from fatal falls by the safety net, became members of the "Halfway To Hell Club".

Ferry service from the tip of the San Francisco peninsula to Marin County began as early as the 1820's, and remained the primary means of transportation until the Golden Gate was spanned. The bridge has been closed only three times in its history due to high winds, and for two brief periods during visits from Charles de Gaulle and Frankin Roosevelt.

The official color of the Golden Gate Bridge is International Orange, and when the sun decides to shine, the bridge pops out of her fog bank in a blaze of glory. Whether viewed from hilltops, or from Fort Point, right below the bridge, the masterpiece of suspension never fails to thrill.

Today 17 iron workers and 38 painters maintain the Golden Gate and over 40 million crossings take place each year. Foghorns blow from mid-span, and from the South tower pier, a quintessential San Francisco sound.

In 1937, the San Francisco Chronicle referred to the bridge as the "35 million dollar steel harp". Who knew how intrinsic it would become, to the lifeblood of the city.

Golden Gate Bridge
Access from Hwy 101
The Roundhouse giftshop and cafe (1938) is on the Southeast side of the toll plaza
Read the poem by Engineer Strauss, upon completion of the project:

Watch The "Surf's Up at the Golden Gate Bridge" Youtube Video: