Golden Gate Bridge Pictures - 21 Gorgeous Reasons to See It

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    Baker Beach View

    Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Photo Tour of the Golden Gate Bridge

    These Golden Gate Bridge pictures are here for your enjoyment, to check out what it looks like before you go - or to remember your visit afterward.

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    Crissy Field View

    Golden Gate Bridge Sunset from the Yacht Club
    ••• Sunset from the Yacht Club. ©Betsy Malloy Photography
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    Fort Point View

    Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point at Twilight
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point at Twilight. ©Betsy Malloy Photography.

    Traveling along Lincoln Avenue toward San Francisco from the South Vista Point, turn left and go down the hill to reach Fort Point. Designed at the height of the Gold Rush, it's the only fortification of its kind constructed west of the Mississippi River. Fort Point never saw battle and was used only intermittently after the Civil War. Nevertheless, Golden Gate Bridge designers thought it was important enough that they designed the bridge around it.

    Find out more about visiting Fort Point.

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    Dawn's Early Light

    Golden Gate Bridge at Dawn
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge at Dawn. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This view of the Golden Gate Bridge was taken from the Marin Headlands at dawn, showing the geometric beauty of the cables.

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    View from the North on a Foggy Morning

    Golden Gate Bridge on a Foggy Morning
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge on a Foggy Morning. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This photo was taken from the top of the Marin Headlands at sunrise, on a foggy morning.

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    Cables and Tower

    Golden Gate Bridge Cables
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge Cables. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This view of the Golden Gate Bridge was taken from the North Vista Point, showing how the vertical cables loop around the main ones.

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    Cross Section of a Cable

    This Golden Gate Bridge Cable has 27,572 Strands
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge Cable. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

     This Golden Gate Bridge Cable has 27,572 Strands. The piece you're looking at is on display at the south vista point.

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    View from Underneath

    Underneath the Golden Gate Bridge
    ••• Underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. ©Betsy Malloy Photography.

    Taken from the top level of Fort Point, this is an unusual perspective on the bridge.

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    View from Twin Peaks

    Golden Gate Bridge from Twin Peaks
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge from Twin Peaks. ©Betsy Malloy Photography.

    Twin Peaks is one of the highest spots in San Francisco, with a clear view of the Golden Gate Bridge and US Hwy 101 as it curves north of the bridge into Marin County.

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    Evening Traffic

    Evening Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge
    ••• Evening Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Also taken from the north vista point, this shot was taken just after sunset as commuters head for home in Marin County. On this particular day, you can see six lanes of traffic going in each direction, but when it gets busier, they often change the number of north- and southbound lanes to ease traffic flow. Tolls are charged only on the southbound direction, going into the city (and away from this vista point).

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    Moonlit View

    Golden Gate Bridge Roadway at Night
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge Roadway at Night. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This moonlit view was taken from the Marin Headlands on the evening of a full moon.

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    Walking on the Bridge - Vertical View

    Golden Gate Bridge from a Walker's Point of View
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge Pictures Golden Gate Bridge from a Walker's Point of View. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    To see this view, walk out onto the bridge and look straight up.

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    Marin Headlands View

    Golden Gate Bridge at Twilight, from the Marin Headlands
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge at Twilight, from the Marin Headlands. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This classic San Francisco view with the Golden Gate Bridge in the foreground is taken from the Marin Headlands on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. To get there, exit at Alexander Avenue, turn left at the end of the exit ramp and drive up the hill. You'll find several spots where you can park and enjoy the view.

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    Lime Point Lighthouse

    Lime Point Lighthouse Beneath the Golden Gate Bridge
    ••• Lime Point Lighthouse Beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. ©Betsy Malloy Photography.

     This old lighthouse sits beneath the north end of the bridge near Fort Baker.

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    View from South Vista Point

    View from South Vista Point
    ••• View from South Vista Point. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This photo was taken from the bicycle path near the south vista point of the Golden Gate Bridge, in early morning - a good time to catch the nice light that makes it look so pretty. Just below the arch in the lower left is Fort Point, a Civil War remnant with an interesting history.

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    Golden Gate Bridge Lighthouse

    The Golden Gate Bridge Lighthouse
    ••• The Golden Gate Bridge Lighthouse. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Actually, the lighthouse is on top of Fort Point, but it's close enough. There's another one at the base on the north side.

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    Aerial View

    Aerial View of the Golden Gate Bridge
    ••• Aerial View of the Golden Gate Bridge. ©Betsy Malloy Photography
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    View from Lincoln Avenue

    Golden Gate Bridge from Lincoln Avenue
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge from Lincoln Avenue. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Lincoln Avenue runs from the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge out toward Lands End. This spot, near the Palace of the Legion of Honor features several nice spots with benches where you can sit and enjoy the view.

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    Fireboat and the Bridge

    Fire Boat and the Golden Gate Bridge
    ••• Fire Boat and the Golden Gate Bridge. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This photo was taken during Opening Day on the Bay, 2010 - when a San Francisco fireboat turned out to get the annual boating season underway.

    The San Francisco fireboats often come out on celebratory occasions, but they also serve an important role in firefighting. After the 1989 earthquake, the fireboat Phoenix pumped for 15 hours, delivering over 5.5 million gallons of water to put out fires in the Marina district.

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    Working on the Bridge

    Working on the Golden Gate Bridge
    ••• Working on the Golden Gate Bridge. ©Betsy Malloy Photography.

    For all you may have heard and seen on television about the continuous work on the Golden Gate Bridge, this is about as much as you'll ever see. As you can see in the lower right corner, the red paint has been stripped off and is waiting for a new coat of paint. The platform is moved to wherever the work is going on.

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    Joseph Strauss Statue

    Golden Gate Bridge and Joseph Strauss Statue
    ••• Golden Gate Bridge and Joseph Strauss Statue. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This statue celebrates Joseph B. Strauss, who was the bridge's chief engineer. He also gathered support for the project and engaged architect Irving Morrow to design its elegant, art deco-style towers. The statue stands near the parking lot at the South Vista Point. If you want to linger here, be sure to have some coins with you for the parking meters.

     If these photos have you inspired, use this to find all the places you can see and photograph it: Where to Find the Best View of the Golden Gate Bridge