San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge

 

The Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County by spanning the strait which lies between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It was opened in 1937 and up until 1964, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Before the bridge was built, the only way to reach Marin was by ferry boat which took 27 minutes. The experts said it was impossible to a build a bridge considering the strong currents, winds, and fog in the area, but they were proved wrong when an engineering team led by Joseph Strauss, Leon Moisseiff, and Charles Ellis successfully implemented the design and construction of the bridge.

Today, the Golden Gate Bridge attracts tourists from all over the world who come to walk, bike, or bus over it. It is one of the most easily recognized bridges in the world with its “international orange” color which improves its visibility to boats in the fog.

Though there are many beautiful places to see the Bridge (Land’s End, Crissy Field, and Baker Beach to name a few), you can also explore this iconic landmark on a 1- or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour, by Bicycle, or you can see it from below on a Sailing Cruise or Bay Ferry Cruise (extra points for a sunset departure)!

You’ll Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on any of our Wine Country tours including our Muir Woods and Wine Country Day Tour, Napa & Sonoma Wine Education Day Tour, and our Redwoods & Wine 2-Day Hotel Tour. Weather permitting, stops will be made for photographs. You will also cross the Golden Gate on the half-day Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour.