If you are planning to visit San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge should be on your to-do list. Some travelers and tourists may be turned off by the traffic, parking situation, and even the weather, which can be windy and cool along the water.
However, there are some great spots surrounding the Bridge that provide breathtaking views with easier access, convenience, and comfort.
Is it your first time visiting the area? Here is some Golden Gate info that you will want to know!
- The Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937 bridging the gap between the city of San Francisco and Marin County, California.
- The Golden Gate spans over one and a half miles wide and rises nearly 750 feet high above the San Francisco Bay.
- The bridge is accessible to pedestrians, who use the eastern sidewalk. There is parking near the bridge for visitors to park and then stroll the bridge.
- The viewing platforms along the bridge are open daily from 5:30am-6pm, or until 8pm during summer months.
- There is a Welcome Center with two parking lots near the south end of the Bridge, offering ample parking and visitor information.
- Visitors will find public restrooms both at the south end Welcome Center and the north end Vista Point area.
Visit some of the trails and vistas in the Presidio to enjoy jaw-dropping views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean- minus the hassle of crossing the bridge, itself:
Fort Point National Historic Site
If you are visiting the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center, check out the views of the Bridge from the Fort Point historic site, which is a unique Civil-war era fortress. This spot is easily accessible from the Welcome Center and Crissy Field by car or foot.
Like the beach? Try the views from Baker Beach, on the southwest side of the Bridge. There is a park, so it is the perfect location to spend the afternoon surrounded by the amazing scenery.
Crissy Field is a popular favorite of both visitors and native Californians. This spot was a military airfield previously and provides a large walking promenade for visitors to soak up the sights. The surface area makes it handicapped accessible, with the most visually iconic views of the Bridge found. This is also considered to be the best locale to take in the sunrise and capture photos at dawn, too.
Battery East Vista
Speaking of the best photo spots, the Battery East Vista—above and near Fort Point National Historic Site—is ideal for capturing sunset photos of the Bridge. This locale offers plenty of parking, visitor resources, and two trails that offer distinctive views and natural features.
Land’s End offers dramatic ocean views- without the need to cross the actual bridge! As you walk along the coastline, there is a lot to see including shipwreck sites, ruins, and vast wildflower displays. This spot is best on a clear day with little fog.
Golden Gate Overlook
On the southwest section of the Golden Gate Bridge is the Golden Gate Overlook. This is a favorite spot to bike, walk, and even sit and meditate. You cannot visit the Bridge and not take a selfie at this awesome location!
If you want views of the Bridge and a great meal, check out some of the area restaurant walking tours. For example, the Chili House in San Francisco provides directions for their “Golden Stroll.” This is a self-directed 2.8 mile walk that extends from the South side of the Bridge to the restaurant.
It commences at the South Vista Point on the southern side and concludes on Clement Street at the Chili House SF Restaurant. Look for similar offerings in the city to enjoy fabulous views of the Bridge without the need to cross it.
Have you visited the Golden Gate Bridge? No need to worry about traffic or weather- there are so many amazing places to get a bird’s eye view of this magnificent structure!
What are you waiting for? Consider these suggestions and find your own perfect spot to see San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and some breathtaking views, as well