As San Francisco's most iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge gets a lot of traffic — nearly 39 million cars each year.
"Resplendent in the western sun," chief engineer Joseph P. Strauss wrote in a poem titled "The Mighty Task is Done" upon the bridge's completion in 1937. Resplendent, indeed. With its 746-foot towers and unmistakable International Orange hue, this beacon crosses the Golden Gate Strait, connecting the city of San Francisco to Marin County. Pay a toll to drive across the bridge and visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offering hiking trails and spectacular bay and city views. Or walk or bike the bridge — 1.7 miles each way — for great photo ops.
Photos by Scott Chernis Photography