Even the most breathtaking images of the city's most recognizable icon can't do it justice. That's why visitors need to get up close and personal with the Golden Gate Bridge and its famous International Orange hue (specially formulated to protect the bridge from rusting due to fog and moisture) and majestic towers, which continue to marvel 70+ years after its birth. Lorded over by chief engineer/designer Joseph Strauss, construction took four years (1933-'37) and cost $35 million. The engineering wonder and 1.7-mile suspension bridge (today, the second longest in the country) connects San Francisco and Marin County. It is open to pedestrians and bicyclers (enter on the east sidewalk). There are two lookout points on both ends of the span to take in spectacular views and click images. The Roundhouse, a visitor center featuring a historical exhibit, gift shop and café, is located on the southeast side of the span and a must-visit.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 05:00 AM to 06:00 PM
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