The Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay

Our absolute favorite part of San Francisco, of course, was seeing the Golden Gate Bridge.  It’s so iconic, and seeing it in person did not disappoint.

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco
San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
View of the bridge from Fort Point

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
The absolute best place to see the bridge is Hendrik Point at Marin Headlands Scenic Overlook (where this picture was taken):


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You can also get a good look at the bridge on the southern end.

1. Presidio and the Golden Gate Promenade.
There are a ton of things to do here. You can rent bikes, fish, sunbathe, stick your toes in the bay (brr!), etc. The promenade is beautiful and includes a long, coastside walk, great (free) parking (at least on a Wednesday when we went) and lots of open space for your kids/dog to run.

San Fran
View of San Francisco from the promenade at Presidio

You also have a pretty good view of Alcatraz on the beach as well.Alcatraz

2.  Fort Point
At the western tip of the promenade, right underneath the southern end of the Golden Gate bridge is Fort Point, a key outpost in the Civil War. It’s pretty large, and you can walk through and get a sense of what life was like for the soldiers. The best part? It’s free!

The fort offers an educational movie of both Fort Point as well as the Golden Gate Bridge.  It also has a gift shop.

 

Fort Point (p9040268)

» Photo courtesy of Uzvard on Flickr.com.

Fort Point

Golden Gate Bridge
Shot of the Golden Gate Bridge taken from Fort Point

Fort Point

Fort Point

Fort Point

Us at the Golden Gate Bridge
Us.

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One Response to The Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay

  1. Noelle Thurlow says:

    Oh how fun! Chris said he enjoyed seeing the bridge when he was there but didn’t have as much fun as you two. We’ll have to go together and pump up the fun with you tips!

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