The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge spans the San Francisco Bay, connecting the City to the “East Bay”. It opened for traffic in 1936, just 6 months before the more famous Golden Gate Bridge. The Bay Bridge has two decks which both connect to Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the span. During the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, a section of the upper deck collapsed onto the lower deck, causing serious damage and one death. The bridge was closed for a month to repair the damage, and the collapse set into motion the seismic retrofitting of the western section, and a complete replacement of the eastern section. The newly replaced eastern section opened to traffic on September 2, 2013, and is now the widest bridge in the world.
In March 2013, the “Bay Lights” art installation on the western section of the bridge came to life and is on display nightly until 2015.
Though the Bay Bridge is certainly visible from the Embarcadero area of San Francisco, you’ll get to CROSS the bridge on any of our Yosemite tours, ranging from a single Yosemite Day Tour to a 2-Day Hotel Experience or a 3-Day Escape Camping Tour! You can also experience the Bay Bridge on our American River Whitewater Rafting Tour! If the timing is right, you may also get to stop on Treasure Island for an amazing view of the city skyline.