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 8,437 reviews

I had a great time on this tour. I went with my boyfriend and another couple. We’re all in our early 40’s in various levels of fitness. This was a great ride for all of us. There were a few hills we had to go through but my friend and I just walked it. The guys were able to bike up. But our tour guide Steve was patient and didn’t rush us. I loved going around the city and learning about it’s history. Steve was very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and entertaining. We all clicked with him right away. It was more like we were in tour with a friend leading us.

We loved this tour! It was my daughter‘s first time to the city and we found a way to show her around while pointing out things that were of interest to her. It was basically a customized city tour. You can’t do better for the amount of time and money. Highly recommend it!

My daughter and I had an awesome experience with GoCar Tour. The instructor was thorough, answered whatever’s questions we had prior to the tour. The only thing, the GoCars are noisy, but that did not take away from the good experience.

So much fun, can’t recommend it enough. I was a little worried if it would be hard to figure out the driving, but it wasn’t hard to adjust. Great verbal gps cues, and fun facts were learned. Got to see some really great views.

A great way to see the city in a day and not get tired from walking all day. Going over the Golden Gate Bridge was the best! Great price! We had a blast!