Golden Gate Bridge @ San Francisco California USA

San Francisco

There is a famous song about San Francisco and the lyric goes something like this.  Have you heard of this song? If not, check out the short video clip below, a song of San Francisco.

If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re going to San Francisco
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there
For those who come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
In the streets of San Francisco
Gentle people with flowers in their hair
All across the nation
Such a strange vibration
People in motion
There’s a whole generation
With a new explanation
People in motion
People in motion

It 60’s oldies and may be people that time especially hippies love wearing flower in their hair.  I didn’t see anyone wearing flower in their hair anymore.

San Francisco is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture.  These are some of the interesting building architecture we passed by while driving to Golden Gate Bridge.

One of the defining characteristic of the housing here are the Bay windows, which is a window space projecting outward. (refer to below picture & refer to video)

San Francisco unique housing

The old flats here are unusual too, with fire escape leader zig-zagging across windows, skyward, look pretty awesome.  Just like some of the movie scene which I use to  watch in the American movie.

San Francisco unique old flat with fire stair ladder zig zaging

There are so many good places to take picture of Golden Gate Bridge.  You can can choose one or two places to explore the view from the list below:

From Baker Beach, Battery Godfrey, Fort Point, Torpedo Wharf, Crissy Field, Fort Miley, Coit Tower, Battery Spencer, Vista Point, Fort Baker and Moore Road, Hawk Hill, Kirby Cove, Slackers Hill.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

It was only 8 am plus but there are already a couple enjoying the sea view at the beach.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

If you choose Vista Point, you’ll find a large parking lot and popular visitor center and ample room to find a nice angle.  Come here as early as possible, else you won’t be able to find a parking lots.  This place fill with tourists.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Why named the bridge Golden Gate Bridge when the color is not even gold but red, actually is orange color? The Golden Gate Bridge isn’t named for its own coloring but rather for the mouth of the San Francisco Bay, which was named so even before the California gold rush.

The term Golden Gate refers to the Golden Gate Strait which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. It is generally accepted that the strait was named “Chrysopylae” or Golden Gate by Army Captain John C. Fremont, circa 1846.  It is said it reminded him of a harbor in Istanbul named Chrysoceras or Golden Horn.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

There are few things you can do in Golden Gate Bridge.  Walking across the bridge by foot and burn some calories. You can always make a U turn back if you think you can’t go forward anymore. You can also rent a bike at the Fisherman’s Wharf and cross the bridge, that way the chances of making a U turn back is lower. If you cycle to the end of the bridge, go to Sausalito or Tiburon town, get a ferry for a scenic ride and more picture opportunity from the ocean and back to San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

The color of the bridge is International Orange not red, and was chosen in part because of its visibility in the fog.  The color of the bridge looks really beautiful with the surrounding of deep blue ocean, light blue sky & dusty brown color mountain.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Muni Train in San Francisco

The Muni Metro is a light rail system serving San Francisco, running together on the road with the cars.

 San Francisco

San Francisco

Final thoughts :

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmark that one can never missed.  There are many places you can view the Golden Gate Bridge and get good photographs.  However, go early in the morning is the key to avoid crowded tourists and photo bombs.  Having a hike across the bridge should be great fun to do in Golden Gate Bridge.

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47 Replies to “Golden Gate Bridge @ San Francisco California USA”

  1. My mum went on a trip to San Francisco when I was about 9 years old, and when I saw her photos when she came back, I’ve wanted to go there ever since! I’ve not yet been to California, but it’s on my bucket list!!

    1. Dear Doreen,
      The Golden Gate Bridge is the most iconic landmark in San Francisco also one of the most beautiful engineering marvel. Hope you will enjoy while you visit San Francisco.

  2. What a great adventure you have here. Road trips are my favorite, I would exactly do the same. Those couple are just so sweet, the Golden Gate Bridge is so beautiful to look at. Hopefully one day I can visit it.

  3. Always wanted to go to San Fran. Now I feel like I kind of have! Super cool tidbit about the color of the bridge… don’t want a boat or plane crashing into it!!

  4. I was just in San Francisco, but I totally didn’t get to the bridge. I only saw it from downtown. Next time I’m going to get a bit closer and head to the park! 🙂

  5. Golden Gate Bridge is so iconic and beautiful, I have only seen it on tv and movies. I would love to visit San Francisco and see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge .

  6. We’re actually planning a family trip to San Fran from Orlando FL, so reading this got me even more stoked about it. I love your tips, especially about getting there early to avoid all the tourists!

  7. I literally was JUST in SFO a month ago. It’s one of my favorite cities! I was lucky enough to be there during Restaurant Week so it was a treat getting to try some yummy food. it was a work trip so no touristy stuff this time around unfortunately.

  8. SF was my second home as I grew in SO Cal. I really enjoyed “visiting” SF again through your post. One of the most amazing things about the beautiful bridge is that it is CONSTANTLY in maintenance, and being painted. Fascinating to learn from you that the actual color is orange. Fun fact!! :-D. Safe travels! xo Evelyn, Path of Presence

  9. I used to love that song when I was a child. In school, our teacher would often bring us tapes to learn English from, and on one of them there was this song. I would love to visit SF and see the Golden Bridge myself. So far I didn’t reach the States.

  10. OMG I love that song. San Fransisco looks amazing. Their housing is astounding! They must cost a fortune though. I have always wanted to take the public transportation there. Beautiful!

    1. The houses are really unique in San Francisco – you will notice there are always big windows at the front of the house, very Victorian style! I agree it must be cost a fortune, since San Francisco is a big city.

  11. I’ve only seen San Fransico in films but god, I’d love to go there! The Golden Gate Bridge is such a famous sight (and deservedly so!). I didn’t know the song before, but it conveys the vibes I’d associate with the city 😀

  12. I have always wanted to visit San Fransisco, especially the Golden Gate bridge. Your pictures are so pretty, I bet you had so much fun.

  13. San Francisco is on my list to visit this year. I love your photos, great angles of the Golden Gate Bridge. Thanks for the background, I have always wondered why it was called Golden when it’s red.

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