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Baker Beach View
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.Continue to 2 of 21 below.
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Crissy Field ViewContinue to 3 of 21 below.
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Fort Point View
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.Continue to 4 of 21 below.
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Dawn's Early Light
This view of the Golden Gate Bridge was taken from the Marin Headlands at dawn, showing the geometric beauty of the cables.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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View from the North on a Foggy Morning
This photo was taken from the top of the Marin Headlands at sunrise, on a foggy morning.Continue to 6 of 21 below.
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Cables and Tower
This view of the Golden Gate Bridge was taken from the North Vista Point, showing how the vertical cables loop around the main ones.Continue to 7 of 21 below.
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Cross Section of a Cable
This Golden Gate Bridge Cable has 27,572 Strands. The piece you're looking at is on display at the south vista point.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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View from Underneath
Taken from the top level of Fort Point, this is an unusual perspective on the bridge.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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View from Twin Peaks
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.Continue to 10 of 21 below.
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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).Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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This moonlit view was taken from the Marin Headlands on the evening of a full moon.Continue to 12 of 21 below.
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Walking on the Bridge - Vertical View
To see this view, walk out onto the bridge and look straight up.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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Marin Headlands View
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.Continue to 14 of 21 below.
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Lime Point Lighthouse
This old lighthouse sits beneath the north end of the bridge near Fort Baker.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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View from South Vista Point
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.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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Golden Gate Bridge Lighthouse
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.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Aerial ViewContinue to 18 of 21 below.
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View from Lincoln Avenue
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.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Fireboat and the Bridge
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.Continue to 20 of 21 below.
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Working on the Bridge
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.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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Joseph Strauss Statue
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