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Vista Point
The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic San Francisco structure that has been captured in countless photographs for decades. For travelers vying for the perfect snapshot, visit Vista Point for views of the bridge and San Francisco skyline in the distance. 

The Basics
Set on the Marin Headlands, Vista Point is a scenic pitstop for travelers headed north out of San Francisco. Once you’ve crossed the Golden Gate bridge, pull off to the viewpoint to snap a picture—be sure to take the short walking path down from the parking lot for an unobstructed view. On clear days the turnout offers 180-degree views of the water and city, and maybe even a glimpse of the isolated Alcatraz Island. Some bike tours take visitors on a ride across the bridge and stop at Vista Point for a photo-op, while tours to neighboring Sausalito typically stop for a quick picture as well.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring warm layers as it gets quite breezy along the water and near the bridge.
  • There is an automated toll on the bridge for those driving southbound towards San Francisco.
  • While the lot can be busy, onsite parking is free for up to four hours.
  • Restrooms are available to the public.
  • Note that due to the city’s famous fog, there is a possibility that the bridge will be obscured from view.

How to Get There
Head north along the Golden Gate Bridge away from San Francisco towards Sausalito/Marin. Take the Vista Point exit on the right-hand side just after crossing the bridge.

When to Get There
Skies are typically clear throughout October, providing optimal sightlines. Mornings are your best bet for good lighting and clarity on the north side of the bridge, while you can also arrive after dark to beat daytime crowds and see the illuminated cityscape behind the bridge. 

Things to Do Near Golden Gate Bridge
After capturing the perfect moment in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, drive back into San Francisco or take a detour into the Marin Headlands for beautiful hiking trails, beaches, and wildlife. Alternatively, the little seaside town of Sausalito offers  great seafood, cute galleries, local boutiques, and scenic boardwalks.
Address: US-101, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, California, USA 94965, USA
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Half-day Tours

Muir Woods and Sausalito Half Day Tour (Optional Sausalito Ferry Ticket)

Wander through an ancient coastal redwood forest and explore the artistic bayside enclave of Sausalito on this half-day tour from San Francisco. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Muir Woods, home to some of the oldest and tallest trees on Earth. Then, soak up stellar views of the San Francisco skyline and browse art galleries along the Sausalito waterfront. At the end of your tour choose between getting dropped off at Union Square in San Francisco or taking the Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco.
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  • 4 hours
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Day Trips

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
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  • 7 hours
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Day Trips

Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. You’ll head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
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  • 7 hours
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City Tours

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans Wharf

Explore San Francisco on this city tour that provides the chance to ride on a classic-style cable car without having to stick to the limited route of the city's tracks. As you travel aboard the cable car retrofitted with wheels, you'll hop off at three locations to take guided walking tours of the Civic Center, Alamo Square and Golden Gate Bridge areas. Blankets (it gets cold in the City by the Bay) are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
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  • 3 hours
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Painted Ladies Wine Country Tour

The Sonoma Valley is one of California’s oldest and most renowned wine regions. On this full-day tour, travel around the Sonoma Valley in a Vintage VW bus and visit three award-winning wineries. Learn all about the wine-making process as you tour a wine cave, sample a variety of Californian wines during guided wine tastings, and tuck into a gourmet Italian-style lunch at a winery restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

Combine three of the Bay Area's top attractions—Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods, and Sausalito—in a single tour from San Francisco. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a luxury tour van, which includes a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, allowing you to focus on the scenery instead of driving and directions. Your Alcatraz admission includes the ferry ride and the audio tour, and independent travelers will love the free time to explore both Muir Woods and Sausalito.
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Cultural Tours

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Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge in a tour van leaves you free to take in the epic views instead of focusing on the driving. This tour takes you from downtown San Francisco to Muir Woods and Sausalito—two of Marin's top attractions—in a single day. You'll have free time to explore both sites, making this organized option a great choice for independent travelers.
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  • 4 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

On this San Francisco bike tour, you’ll cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge from the city to the waterfront town of Sausalito. With a guide, ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Marina Green and Crissy Field, and stop at Fort Point and Vista Point for photo ops of the bridge and San Francisco Bay. The 3-hour guided tour ends in Sausalito, where you are free to bike more on your own and return to the city at your leisure (either bike back or purchase a ferry ticket). This tour includes use of the bike for the full day.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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City Tours

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union Square

Avoid the hours-long wait at San Francisco’s cable car lines, while still getting a classic cable car experience during this city tour by converted cable car from Union Square. In addition to pointing out landmarks that visitors often miss, your guide also provides walking tours at City Hall, Alamo Square Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plus, blankets and refreshments are included to make sure you stay comfortable during the ride.
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  • 180 to 210 minutes
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Private Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: San Francisco International Airport to Hotel

Ensure hassle-free San Francisco airport pickup with this private transfer service to downtown San Francisco, downtown Oakland, or the town of Sausalito. Meet your driver at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and relax on the journey to your hotel or private residence. Private luxury sedans can accommodate up to three passengers while SUVs can carry five passengers.
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Bike Rentals

Bike Rental Near the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

Experience one of San Francisco’s most popular activities—biking across the Golden Gate Bridge—with this bike rental from the Marina District, conveniently located near Crissy Field and the route to the bridge. A bike, map, helmet and lock are provided with this rental, plus you’ll receive tips on the best ways to bike to the bridge and around the city. On the other side of the bridge, you can explore the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to the city. Rental period is 24 hours.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Food Tours

Private Sonoma Coast Food and Wine Tour. Cheese, Honey, Oysters Tasting.

Enjoy a private, all-day gourmet food and wine tour. Explore the Marin Cheese Trail, including the Marin French Cheese Creamery and the celebrated Cowgirl Creamery. Taste mead and learn about its production, from honey to wine. Slurp locally-harvested oysters at Marshall Oyster Store in Tamales Bay, sample fresh breads and piece from a brick oven at Wild Flour Bakery, and visit two prominent wineries for wine-tasting.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Amazing Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

This Tour will take you across the Golden Gate Bridge and stop at the north Vista Point for pictures, walk during 1h30min among old growth coast redwoods of the famous Muir Woods National Monument Park (entree fee $15 not included for and free for 15 and under. As well free up to 4 people if you have the National Park pass). Then we will stop for an hour and admire the beautiful seaside Mediterranean style City of Sausalito you you.The transportation will be in a luxury brand New Mercedes Sprinter Van with only 11 passenger total. The toll and parking fees is included.You will have a particular attention from your tour guide during all your trip.
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  • 4 hours
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