Things to do in San Francisco – Golden Gate Bridge

March 13, 2006 at 9:10 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

San FranciscoContinuing with my series of articles about “things to do in San Francisco,” today I will give another obvious one…walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. One of the longest span suspension bridges, and probably the most famous, in the United States is the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge has two paths dedicated to pedestrian and bike traffic (East side of the bridge) and one to bike traffic only (West side of the bridge). Gaining access to these paths is very easy to do by foot and by car. I would recommend (for those who can walk 5 miles without too much difficulty) to park your car at Chrissy Field, just east of the Golden Gate on the San Francisco Bay, and walk West towards the bridge. You can take a peek at some of the historical features of San Francisco Bay and the bridge along the way. Forts, bunkers and munition bunkers can be found along the way. Make your way up onto Lincoln Blvd. and to the base of the path across the bridge.

Some helpful tips for walking across the bridge are to be sure to look both ways when entering the path. Bike traffic shares the path with pedestrians and accidents can happen. Being aware of the bike traffic, staying to the right side of the path and remaining alert will help keep you and your family safe. If you want to ride a bike across, you can use the shared side of the path, on the East side of the bridge, or after 3:30pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends, you can use the West side of the bridge. If you are planning on making stops along the way, then using the shared side is advisable as the bike traffic on the bike-only side can be heavy and fast-moving at times.

Be sure to bring some water and warm clothes. Temperatures on the bridge tend to be 5 to 10 degrees cooler than at the base due to wind, fog and other weather.

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