Let’s play a word association game. You ready? Okay, here we go: SAN FRANCISCO!
Was the first thing you thought of the Golden Gate Bridge? We’re not surprised, because that bridge is THE iconic attraction in the whole city!
The Golden Gate Bridge is a spectacular suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean. As part of both US Highway 101 and State Route 1, it connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. So it’s safe to say it’s pretty important!
The Golden Gate Bridge had the longest suspension bridge span in the WORLD when it was completed in 1937 – that’s pretty impressive! Since then, it has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California.
If you make this trip to the bridge, then it certainly will be a unique experience. Regardless of if you walk, hike, take a tour, or just sit and take it all in, there is something for everyone – of all ages.
The Bridge Pavilion is where you want to head at the start of your day. Here, you can pick up all the merchandise you want, as well as the historical information. It’s a great idea to read up on the history and construction so you can appreciate the bridge more!
With their outdoor exhibits, the family can learn all about science, history, and the engineering of the construction. As you wander through the Plaza, you can follow the pathway into an old bunker which houses even more exhibits that are great to exploring!
If you want free walking tours, every Thursday and Sunday the San Francisco City Guides offer free bridge walking tours. Or you can get those hiking shoes on and go and check out the amazing scenery via the picturesque trails and vantage points.
You will want your camera for this Golden Gate Bridge experience!