Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate Bridge information

San Francisco , USA
off Lincoln Blvd
Getting there
Bus: 28, all Golden Gate Transit buses
More information
northbound free, southbound toll $6, billed electronically to vehicle's license plate; for details, see
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San Franciscans have passionate perspectives on every subject, especially their signature landmark, though everyone agrees that it's a good thing that the navy didn't get its way over the bridge's design – naval officials preferred a hulking concrete span, painted with caution-yellow stripes, over the soaring art deco design of architects Gertrude and Irving Murrow and engineer Joseph B Strauss, which, luckily, won the day.

As far as best views go, cinema buffs believe Hitchcock had it right: seen from below at Fort Point , the 1937 bridge induces a thrilling case of Vertigo . Fog aficionados prefer the north-end lookout at Marin’s Vista Point , to watch gusts billow through bridge cables like dry ice at a Kiss concert.

To see both sides of the Golden Gate debate, hike or bike the 1.7-mile span. MUNI bus 28 runs to the parking lot, and pedestrians and cyclists can cross the bridge on sidewalks.