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Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is an icon of the city of San Francisco and California. Spanning the Golden Gate strait across the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, this suspension bridge provides the passage of U.S. Route 101, California State Route 1, pedestrians and bicycles. It is considered to be one of the most famous bridges in the world, declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers and awarded with the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award in 1972. Initially designed by engineer Joseph Strauss in 1917, the bridge was opened to traffic in 1937 and it held the record of being both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge until 1964.

The overall dimensions of the bridge are quite impressive. Its main span measures 4,200 feet and its total height is 746 feet. The beauty and size of this structure is one of the reasons why it is considered to be the “most photographed bridge in the world” according to the Frommer's travel guide. The bridge is painted an amazing International Orange color and its towers stand out from a distance.

The bridge not only provides aesthetic pleasure and an essential passage, but also an amazing experience for explorers. It offers beautiful views of the bay and the surrounding areas, including San Francisco, Marin Country and the Pacific Ocean, and one can take a stroll over the bridge, admiring its beauty and feeling the coastal wind. Whether you visit as part of a tour or spend more time exploring the area on your own, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-see when visiting the city.

Golden Gate Bridge, suspension bridge on the San Francisco Bay

Location: Marin County, San Francisco

Inception: May 28, 1937

Architect: Joseph Strauss

Official opening: May 27, 1937

Height: 746 ft

Length: 8,981 ft

Longest Span: 1,280 m

Width: 90 ft

Material: steel

Website: goldengate.org/bridge


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