This American icon, is an engineering marvel and a beauty to behold. After 75 years, one is still amazed by its grandeur and grace. Once the longest and tallest suspension structure, after all these years it is still the world’s third-largest single-span bridge, with six traffic lanes and a free pedestrian walkway. Although it is often shrouded in fog (locals refer to it as a ‘marine layer’), when the sky is clear the views are spectacular and breathtaking. Probably one of the world’s most photographed man-made structures, it complements its surroundings totally, situated over a narrow strait, connecting the City of San Francisco with Marin County to the north, with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Bay of San Francisco on the other. This land and water formation was called ‘the Golden Gate’ in 1844 by John Fremont (the same man who later purchased Alcatraz in 1848) and soon it became the national treasure we now know as the Golden Gate Bridge
Visitors can now take tours that share the story behind the construction of the bridge, with new added ‘after hours’ access. Tours run spring through fall, starting from the beautifully renovated Round House at the Bridge Plaza on the South side. Ticket information at www.goldengatebridgetour.com or 877-349-7625. Or download the free, fantastic GoGGBridge app, developed by Antenna Audio, with maps, fun facts, photos, games and more. Available for iPhones and coming soon on Android devices.