Lonely Planet review
San Franciscans have passionate perspectives on every subject, but especially their signature landmark. Cinema buffs believe Hitchcock had it right: seen from below at Fort Point , the 1937 brige 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. Hard to believe the Navy almost nixed the soaring art deco design of architects Gertrude and Irving Murrow and engineer Joseph B Strauss in favor of a hulking concrete span painted with caution-yellow stripes.
To see both sides of the Golden Gate debate, hike or bike the 2-mile span. MUNI bus 28 runs to the toll plaza, and pedestrians and cyclists can cross the bridge on the east side.