Did you know you can walk across the Golden Gate Bridge? It’s the second largest suspension bridge in the United States, but it’s less than 3 miles and is easy to walk. You can go part way and turn around if you wish. The trick is to go on a day when the famous San Francisco fog lifts and you can see the top of the iconic red girders.
The Golden Gate Bridge is celebrating its 80th birthday this year. It opened in May, 1937 after taking 4 years to build. The roadway deck is held up by metal cables suspended from curving main cables draped over the two red metal pillars that give the bridge its recognizable outline.
Sometimes bikers and pedestrians are on opposite sides of the bridge, but often they are together. It was easy dodging bike riders when we first started walking, but as more and more people arrived, the bridge grew congested. I’d advise trying to schedule your time on the bridge in the morning for a more leisurely tour.
Directly under the end of the bridge is Fort Point, which was built in the 1800s to protect this entrance from the ocean to the city. The bridge was designed to fit right around the fort. You can see the canon placements on the roof of the fort, and you can tour the fort after enjoying the bridge.
A book about why the Golden Gate Bridge is reddish orange enlightened us on this topic. We wondered why it wasn’t golden. This area was called the Golden Gate long before the bridge existed. Paint colors were considered, but some were too bright in sunlight, and some were too dark at night, and other colors were rejected for a variety of reasons. Finally, the present color was decided on and apparently pleased all parties. And it remains the same color, painted many times of course, 80 years later.
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