Golden Gate Bridge

As San Francisco's most iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge gets a lot of traffic — nearly 39 million cars each year.

The Golden Gate Bridge connects the city of San Francisco to Marin County

"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

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