The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge. Named for the Golden Gate Straight that it crosses, the bridge was the engineering achievement of Joseph B Strauss. Although told that such a bridge could not be built, construction began on January 5, 1933. After about 4 and a half years and at a cost of $35 million and 11 workers lives; the bridge opened to pedestrians on May 27, 1937 and to automotive traffic the following day. At the time of construction it was the longest suspension bridge in the world but it has since been surpassed by 8 other bridges including the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City.
The bridge can be a very busy place, especially in the summertime. It is estimated that nine million people visit the bridge from around the world. Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge is definetly a unique experience, whether walking, driving, biking or just stopping to look, there is something for everyone. Pedestrians and bicyclists may access the sidewalks during daylight hours. Roller Blades, Skateboards and Roller Skates are not permitted. Dogs are permitted only if on a leash at all times. Your visit to the Golden Gate Bridge isn’t complete unless you have visited the Gift Center located in the historic Roundhouse on the southeast side. Originally designed as a restaurant for passing motorists, it now offers visitors a variety of historical info, photos, books, posters and various other souvenirs. It is open daily from 8:30am to 7:30pm during the summer and 8:30am to 6:30pm during the winter.
The Golden Gate Bridge has become synonymous with San Francisco, acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful bridges and is a must visit landmark when in the city.
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