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Golden Gate Bridge Walk

Walk across one of the most beautiful bridges in the world with great views of San Francisco in the distance
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.6 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Golden Gate Bridge is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, and the opportunity to walk across at ... more »

Tips:  San Francisco can be a cold city because of the winds and the fog, especially near the water. As Mark Twain famously said, "The... more »

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Points of Interest

Park your car in the metered parking lot on the south side of the bridge. Don't miss the last exit or you will find yourself in Marin.

If the main lot is full, follow Lincoln Boulevard a little way to the spillover parking lot.

2. South Vista Point

At the south end of the bridge you will find a parking lot, visitor center and a gift shop. Look down to see Fort Point below the bridge and look to the other side of the bridge to see the Main Headlands in the distance.

The Roundhouse was built in 1938 as a restaurant. Today it serves as an information center selling souvenirs, books and other... More

3. Joseph B. Strauss Statue

Joseph B. Strauss was the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, which was completed in 1937. At that point, it was the largest suspension bridge ever successfully completed measuring at 1.7miles.

A poem was written upon completion:
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4. Fort Point

If you are up for a short hike, take the path down to Fort Point. Fort Point was completed just before the American Civil War to protect the harbor, but no enemies ever showed up. Today you can walk through the fort, up the stairs to the higher levels or look at the old cannons up close. A few times a day, rangers will give a demonstration of how ... More

5. Walking Across the Bridge

The best way to see the Golden Gate Bridge is walking along the pedestrian walkway (or biking along the other side if you prefer). The pedestrian walkway is on the east side of the bridge (on the bay side) and is open only during daylight (the hours are extended a bit in summer). The path is level and dogs are allowed if on a leash.

The entire... More

6. Lone Sailor and Sea Services Memorial

The Lone Sailor Statue stands on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge and was dedicated on April 14, 2002, to all of the Sea Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine). San Francisco's history is closely tied with its bay and its ports--millions of people in the military have come and gone through the Golden Gate Bridge,... More

7. Marin Vista Point

Once you've crossed the bridge you come to beautiful Marin. If you continue a little farther after the road curves to the left, you can get off the main road and walk on the Vista Point Trail, which offers great skyline views of San Francisco across the bay.

8. Hendrik Point

If you are up for a little more hiking before heading back across the bridge to your car, consider walking up to Hendrik Point, where you can walk around the old batteries or just sit and enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge with the San Francisco skyline in the background.