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Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on Foot.

I’ve spent lots of time in San Francisco over the years, but one thing I had never done was walk or run on the Golden Gate Bridge. This summer, I changed that, crossing something off my travel bucket list in the process.

I parked at the Vista Point just north of the Golden Gate in the evening and had this view of the bridge as I got out of my car. The well-acclaimed fog made its presence known on this evening.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

It was time to set out on the open bridge. The bridge was packed with cyclists, runners and tourists earlier in the day, but being close to sunset there would be long gaps of alone time.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

The Golden Gate Bridge recently celebrated its 75th birthday, opening for traffic on May 27, 1937. It connects the affluent Marin County and points northward with the San Francisco peninsula and city. It crosses over San Francisco Bay near where it meets the Pacific Ocean.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I split time between walking and running, capturing photos as I moved along.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Turned around often to see how far along I was. Off in the distance on the walkway you can see the security cart that goes back-and-forth.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I could definitely make out the San Francisco skyline across the way, despite the fog.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I loved capturing scenic shots with the International Orange in view.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

After reaching the southern end, I made sure to checkout the bridge itself too.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Checkout the tourist and information center that sits here around the bridge plaza. I didn’t have a chance as everything was closed. Right in front of me were bike paths leading up to the bridge and underneath to the other side.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Some close up shots of the bridge. The bridge was painted the aforementioned International Orange to increase visibility of those passing underneath and to fit in with the natural beauty around it. The cold ocean waters in contrast with the warmly colored bridge, beautiful!

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

My love of travel signs definitely showed during this journey as I captured the different forms of signage on and around the bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is part of U.S. Route 101 and California Highway 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway).

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

The previously mentioned bridge plaza was for those driving the bridge southbound into San Francisco. You’ll see plenty of signage as you approach. The toll is currently $6 for a standard vehicle. Northbound is free of charge. It’s 7:19 p.m. right now, check.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

You’ll find signage giving some interesting facts about the bridge. The length of one International Orange painted cable is well over a mile long!

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

You’ll get the standard speed limit postings for motorists and…

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

…for cyclists as well! I set it off with my running, but could not get the picture in time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

The bridges walkway is split half for bikers, half for those on foot.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Here’s a big sign detailing other rules for pedestrians and cyclists. Watch out for those high winds! Also be prepared with warm clothes as it’s frequently windy and cool, as it was on this evening. If on a bike, make sure the cyclist speed sign doesn’t flash higher than 15. I definitely wasn’t running that fast haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I came across this rule and alert board immediately as I entered on the north end of the bridge. The bridge closes for foot and cyclist traffic at 9:00 p.m.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Really? Someone will make a U-turn? People must have for them to put up a sign. The bridge has six reversible lanes being adjusted as needed throughout the day. It wouldn’t be impossible to do a U-turn because north and southbound traffic are divided by small, manually placed lane markers.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I completed the back-and-forth journey in about two hours.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I was back where I started at the parking lot of the north end Vista Point. Parking is at a premium on both sides of the bridge, especially the south end, so get there early or late in the day to grab a spot quickly.

All the motorists have their lights on now and I was about to join them and head southbound back into the city. $6 check.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

It was a great time walking and running across and back on the Golden Gate Bridge. I can check something else off the travel bucket list. ๐Ÿ™‚ When you’re in San Francisco, make sure to set some time aside to walk or bike the bridge. The scenery is unreal fog or not and it will be an experience you’ll never forget.

What other bridges have you crossed on foot or by bike in your travels?

When I think San Francisco, I think the…

One of the questions in a recent #TNI chat on Twitter was, “City that was first love? Why?”. Without thinking I said San Francisco. As to why I mentioned things like the culture, the ocean and the fog.

Iโ€™ve spent a lot of time there over the years, especially growing up, a month or two at a time. I think about all the times at San Francisco Beach, at Pier 39 hanging with the sea lions, eating in China Town and grabbing a coffee (regular or Irish) at Buena Vista watching the cable cars go by. In regards to the initial question, I also said the Golden Gate Bridge. When I think San Francisco, I think the famous International Orange painted bridge, as I’m sure is the case with many people.

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge

The bridge opened in 1937 and connects San Francisco with Marin County and points northward. Youโ€™ll cross it in your travels if following the Pacific Coast Highway. You can say youโ€™re both on U.S. Route 101 and California State Highway 1 when youโ€™re on the bridge. That gets the road tripper in me going.

You have San Francisco Bay on one side and the opening to the Pacific Ocean on the other. The bridge to me represents the gateway out of the United States to the Pacific and the other side of the world. There is nothing like crossing the bridge from the north and seeing the city to the left on a sunny day. Youโ€™ll usually pass by many people walking the bridge.

Itโ€™s one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Some great spots to capture it include: Baker Beach, Fort Point, the north vista point just off the bridge and Hawk Hill.This shot is taken from Fort Point.

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge

Great shots can be had whether its night or day, sunny or foggy. For some reason, I don’t have a picture of me with the bridge as a backdrop. Just another reason to get back there soon.

When you think of San Francisco what else do you think of? What spots do you like to capture the Golden Gate Bridge from?