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Golden Gate Bridge
No traveler to San Francisco leaves without checking out the stunning views along the Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic, red-orange suspension bridge rises high above the San Francisco Bay and spans 1.7 miles (2.7 km) across, connecting the city’s northernmost point to Marin County. While it’s a major route for Bay Area commuters, the famous landmark attracts visitors from around the world with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Marin headlands, Alcatraz, and San Francisco.

The Basics 
The Golden Gate Bridge is free to walk and bike across, with a protected, shared walkway for pedestrians and cyclists. Travelers can walk, bike, or bus across the bridge; sail or cruise the waters below it; or fly high above the attraction aboard a seaplane. Visitors can take advantage of photo opportunities on either end of the bridge, enjoy a scenic stroll over the bay, or explore the Welcome Center at the San Francisco terminus to learn about the bridge’s history and shop for souvenirs. It’s possible to combine your visit with sightseeing in the city; admission to Alcatraz; a half-day tour in Sonoma and Napa Valley; or hikes in Marin or on Angel Island. Popular sights in Marin County include seaside Sausalito, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Muir Woods National Monument, home to Northern California redwood trees.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tour options are available from San Francisco and Sausalito, and range from leisurely outings to athletic excursions.
  • Most tours depart from Fisherman’s Wharf in the city and last three to four hours.
  • Choose a bike tour or a hop on, hop off bus around the city for a scenic ride to the bridge. You’ll catch many of the city's famous attractions, including Union Square, North Beach, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Russian Hill.
  • While it’s possible to rent a bike on your own, a guide can help you navigate the hilly streets and commuter traffic.
  • Many travelers opt for a guided bike ride across the bridge to Sausalito, then explore the town on your own with a 24-hour bike rental or hop on a 45-minute ferry back to the city.

How to Get There
The San Francisco end of the bridge is located in the Presidio and can be reached from all parts of the city by car or public transportation. The bridge forms part of US Route 101 and California State Route 1—take any bridge-bound Golden Gate Transit bus to the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza. By car, take the last San Francisco exit, right before the toll plaza, and park in the southeast parking lot. 

Where to Find the Best Views of the Golden Gate Bridge
With scenic lookout points on both ends of the Golden Gate, you can pick your backdrop. Capture the bridge in its entirety on a coastal walking tour through San Francisco’s Presidio, where you’ll spot beautiful bridge views from vantage points at Crissy Field, Fort Point, and Baker Beach. To snap a photo from the north end of the bridge, choose a tour that crosses the bridge to the Marin Headlands. While Vista Point is the most popular bridge viewing spot in Marin, it  can get crowded with cars, so take a short hike toward Battery Point and Slacker Hill for sweeping views of the city.
Address: Fort Point Lookout Marine Drive, San Francisco, California 94129, USA
Hours: Daily
Admission: Free to walk, bridge tolls apply when driving.
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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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bicycle or E-Bike Tour from San Francisco to Sausalito

Cycle through San Francisco and across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on this 3-hour guided bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll ride along the waterfront, passing Fisherman’s Wharf and the historic Presidio. Then admire the city skyline from the Golden Gate Bridge, with views of Alcatraz and the long stretch of the Pacific on the opposite side. Your tour will conclude in Sausalito or Tiburon, where you can explore before taking the ferry back to San Francisco. Your bike rental is valid for 24 hours to continue sightseeing on your own.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods

Skip the hassle of driving yourself to Muir Woods National Monument and dealing with the overcrowded parking lots by booking this bike and shuttle tour. You'll cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to the waterfront town of Sausalito, and then hop on a shuttle for a stress-free ride to Muir Woods, where you can explore the grove of towering redwood trees. Then return to the city via shuttle.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Private Day Trips

Private Full-Day Napa Valley Wine Tour From San Francisco

Go wine tasting in the Napa valley on a private half-day tour from San Francisco. See the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to the Napa valley wine region. You can go to up to four wineries for tastings, and tour some of the wineries and vineyards. Stop for gourmet food in the charming town of Yountville (own expense) on a luxury tour that includes private vehicle and driver, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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The Golden Gate Historical Walk with Secret Bridge Viewpoint

Walking a portion of the Golden Gate Bridge is such a quintessential activity for visitors that most don’t realize that it was almost never built. See the bridge both from up close and a special vantage point in Golden Gate Park as you learn the story of its construction. This is a great way to pick up a few new and unexpected facts about a great American landmark.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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City Tours

San Francisco Walking Tour: Fishermans Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge

Stroll from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge on a guided, 4-hour walking tour of San Francisco’s vibrant waterfront. Get an insider’s view of life in the city as you walk alongside your local guide, and learn about the area’s fascinating history and people. Explore a Civil War-era fort, Crissy Field, and watch surfers catch waves at a renowned break beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy stunning views of the Bay, Alcatraz and the soaring Marin Highlands, then finish your tour near the century-old Palace of Fine Arts.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Walking Tours

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#1 GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TOUR

Check out this tour trailer video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7MJqtalGFsThe Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco so you can't leave the city without seeing the bridge.On this 1-hour tour, we'll walk to 5 picture-perfect spots around the Golden Gate Bridge while I entertain you with fun stories about the most famous bridge in the world, the 1848 California Gold Rush, San Francisco, and much more.Better than a guide, let me be your new local friend and help you discover the best parts of San Francisco.What are you waiting for? Book Now!
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  • 1 hour
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Air Tours

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Viator Exclusive: Muir Woods Tour and Golden Gate Seaplane Flight

Visiting Muir Woods and Sausalito in one day usually leaves room for little else on your itinerary. This tour stops at both—with a walk among Muir Woods' redwood trees and free time in Sausalito—while adding ultimate views of the San Francisco Bay to the mix with a seaplane flight. Upgrade to end the tour with a ferry ride back to San Francisco from Sausalito.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Walking Tours

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Coastal Small-Group Walking Tour

There’s no doubt about it: San Francisco is a gorgeous city, and this small-group walking tour highlights some of its most spectacular scenery. Beginning at the Golden Gate Bridge, where you’ll take in sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the city’s dramatic skyline, you’ll embark on a 4- to 5-mile (6.5- to 8-km) walking tour of SF’s western edge. This slow-paced hike follows the Pacific coastline, meandering through Baker Beach and past the mansions of Sea Cliff as you make your way toward the Sutro Baths at Land’s End. Limited to 12 participants for a more personalized experience.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

3-Hour Bike Tour from San Francisco to Sausalito via the Golden Gate Bridge

Ride from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito with your guide on a private 3-hour tour. Follow your guide on paths that wind through the Presidio and across the Golden Gate Bridge, taking in views of the Pacific Ocean and historic landmarks along the way. Continue downhill to Sausalito, a charming waterside town that you have time to explore before returning to San Francisco by your choice of either ferry or bicycle—a great introduction to some of the city's most popular destinations.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

The Golden Gate Bridge & Sausalito Bike Tour

Combine your introduction to the San Francisco Bay with your daily exercise on this affordable, small-group bicycle tour. Begin at the city’s historic waterfront, Fisherman’s Wharf, then follow your guide through the Presidio, a national park with breathtaking views of the Pacific, and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Explore the picturesque bay-side town of Sausalito before returning to San Francisco by either bike or ferry.
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  • 135 to 180 minutes
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  • 135 to 180 minutes
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Walking Tours

San Francisco Walking Tour: Golden Gate Bridge to Marshall Beach

Experience the natural side of San Francisco during a leisurely walking tour that travels from Crissy Field to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marshall Beach. Follow your guide along well-maintained coastal trails and footpaths that reveal pristine beaches, bird and animal life, wildflowers, and rugged ocean scenery. There will be an optional walk you can take across the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 3 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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RIDING THE BRIDGE - best of the Golden Gate Bridge

Riding the bridge is a unique experience from the breathtaking views we will take you. This sublime walk around the Golden Gate Bridge will take you to the most sumptuous places to admire this incredible building gateway to San Francisco Bay. In a van with a capacity of 6 people maximum, the atmosphere is relaxed, with unlimited drinks and grandiose landscapes guaranteed. You will be able to admire this wonder of the modern world since the most beautiful point of view and will be rocked by the magic of the bay.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in San Francisco

Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in San Francisco and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in San Francisco, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in San Francisco

Explore San Francisco in the company of a professional photographer—and receive high-quality portrait shots following your excursion—on this private photo shoot and tour. Meet your guide at a time and place that work best for you, and pick your own itinerary: depending on your interests, you can explore Chinatown, stop by Haight-Ashbury, pose in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, and more. Following your session, your guide will send you 15 digital photos of your outing.
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in San Francisco

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in San Francisco and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in San Francisco, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in San Francisco

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in San Francisco and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in San Francisco, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 4 hours
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

Escape to California’s famous wine country on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Taste regional varietals at three different wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the winemaking process during guided tours of vineyards and barrel rooms, and savor the area’s gourmet culture with a stop for lunch in charming Sonoma Square Plaza.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Super Savers

San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch

For one of the best wine country tours from San Francisco, combine a visit to Northern California wine country with a Muir Woods experience for a truly fabulous day out. This Super Saver provides two popular tours at one discount price, allowing you to see and taste the delights of Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. You’ll begin with a walk through Muir Woods National Monument with an informative guide to stare up in wonder at the towering redwood trees. Then you'll visit three wineries, with wine-tasting included. You’ll also cross the Golden Gate Bridge and have free time on Sonoma Plaza to buy lunch if you haven't opted to upgrade to the lunch option.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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  • 8 hours
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City Tours

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

See the best of San Francisco in one day with this guided tour that includes all transportation. Visit multiple locations with plenty of stops for photo ops, plus take a self-guided tour to Alcatraz Island. You’ll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument, and listen to commentary about San Francisco's culture, history, and other places to check out on your own.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

Explore San Francisco with this 2-day combo: a 3-hour guided bike tour plus admission to Alcatraz Island. Venture to the infamous prison in the afternoon to hear audio commentary about former inmates like Al Capone. On the prior day, cycle along the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito via the car-free national park bike path. Your tour includes a full-day bonus bike rental.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Catamaran Cruises

San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

What better way to end a day in San Francisco than a sunset catamaran cruise? Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Light hors d’oeuvres and two drinks are included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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