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No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. This iconic structure has become the representative of the city, and is one of San Francisco's most scenic features. Spanning the Golden Gate Strait between Fort Point and the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most photographed bridge in the world.

The 1937 construction of the bridge was an incredible accomplishment. For over a decade, various plans and strategies to construct a bridge spanning the water were rejected, mainly due to cost. Joseph Strauss, the architect in charge of the project proposed the suspension design, and advances in metallurgy made his design structurally and financially sound. Still, it took nearly 10 years before construction could begin due to a lack of support and resistance from ferry owners.

By the time that the Golden Gate Bridge was completed, the initial design had shifted, and Leon Moisseiff put forth the final suspension scheme visible today. Incredible amounts of input came from many architects, engineers, and designers, with the final product being the iconic bridge that we know today.

On the Road: Walk, drive, or skate across the bridge today. Access is available in a variety of ways!

Family Friendly: Whether you drive across the bridge, take the ferry underneath, or simply take in views of the structure from afar, the bridge is a great sight for the whole family.

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