Standing at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge has become a hugely popular visitor attraction, as well as a functional way to travel between San Francisco and Marin County. Stay in a vacation rental near the Golden Gate Bridge, and you can wake up to stunning views of this iconic structure every morning.
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
The bridge is best appreciated, of course, by walking or cycling across it, allowing you to enjoy the views across the Bay to Alcatraz and San Francisco.
Golden Gate Visitor Center
Learn about the structure and the history of the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as the key figures involved in its development, at the nearby visitor center.
Enjoy the view
After crossing from San Francisco, keep going until you reach the Golden Gate vista point, ideal for getting great photos of the bridge itself.
There are restrictions on who can cross the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk and when. Pedestrians can only use the East Sidewalk (the side facing the city). This closes at 6:30 pm during the winter and at 9 pm during the summer months. Skateboards and roller skates are not permitted. No animals are allowed to cross the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk, apart from service dogs.
The Bridge on Two Wheels
The East and West Sidewalks are open to cyclists at different times of day; the Golden Gate Bridge website will give you the most up-to-date information about opening hours. When sharing the East Sidewalk with pedestrians, cyclists should always give way. If you want to cycle across the bridge at night after the security barrier has come down, simply press the buzzer and it will be lifted remotely.
Tolls in One Direction
To drive across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco, you will have to pay a toll. The journey is free in the opposite direction.