Golden Gate Bridge
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The Golden Gate Bridge's vaulting, orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of San Francisco Bay have made it the West Coast's most enduring symbol and the city's most popular tourist attraction. The bridge's name, "Golden Gate" actually refers to the brilliant reflection of the sun upon the bay's inlet -- just west of the bridge -- rather than the bright orange paint that sets it apart from its mundane sister just south, the Bay Bridge.
The best way to see the bridge? According to one reviewer on TripAdvisor, "renting a bike to ride across it is also a good option. It offers beautiful views of the city and it's a great workout."
The bridge is accessible all day every day by bus, car or bicycle. If you drive, parking is convenient and accessible, and costs about $6. Souvenir shops and public restrooms lie on either side of the bridge.