December 28, 2010

The Pride of San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge, the pride of San Francisco, rather the pride of California state, is undoubtedly the most popular tourist destination of San Francisco city. This is the tourist site which is visited not only those who travel to San Francisco, but even by those who just pass through the city. Anyone who visit California state would definitely wish or try to visit the Golden Gate Bridge for sure. There are around 16 million tourists who visit the Golden Gate Bridge every year. Unfortunately, this is the site where the maximum number of suicides happen in the US.

The Golden Gate is the North American strait connecting San Francisco bay to the Pacific Ocean. Ferries were the only mode of transportation to San Francisco from Marin Country before the Golden Gate Bridge was constructed. The Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, was completed in 1937. Since then, it has become the symbol of San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is possibly the most beautiful, and certainly the most photographed bridge in the entire world. When it was constructed, it was the longest suspension bridge in the entire world. Now, the eight other bridges have surpassed the Golden Gate Bridge.
A lot of tourists visit the Golden Gate Bridge by walking on the bridge; some prefer to visit this from ferries in the Fisherman's Wharf. I would advise you to walk onto the bridge, as otherwise you can't really appreciate the size and height of the bridge. At mid-span when you stand 220 feet above the water's surface, the passing ships below the bridge look like small toys. You can get a distant view of the Golden Gate Bridge across various travel destinations in and around San Francisco.

A lot of people think that the Golden Gate is named due to San Francisco gold rush of 1849. But the truth is that it was known as the Golden Gate long before the gold rush. May be a coincidence. :-) Even though the bridge is named as 'Golden Gate Bridge', don't expect this to be in yellow color. The bridge is in orange vermilion color aka international orange. The color was selected by the architect as he felt that it blended well with the bridge's setting.

This is one of those tourist sites in the US, which I would love to visit again and again.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Golden Gate Bridge
Site Type: Historical, Heritage, Bridge
Location: San Francisco, California State, USA 
Highlights: The most important tourist destination of San Francisco; the landmark of San Francisco
Nearest Train Station: Embarcadero station in San Francisco BART
Nearest Airport: San Francisco
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight; You can find taxis and cable cars from BART station to Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel: A lot of budget and luxury hotels are available within San Francisco; as the local transportation especially BART train system is good, one can even stay in the nearby places too for cheaper options.
Restaurants: Fisherman's Wharf has a lot of options for wine and dine be it sea food, roadside shops, or costlier restaurants

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