The History of the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the most famous landmarks in the world and has been hailed as a modern wonder of the world. Built to connect San Francisco to Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge was first proposed in 1916. However, construction was not begun on the bridge until 1933. The bridge was designed by Leon Moisseiff, who also designed the Manhattan Bridge in New York. The bridge was officially completed in 1937 after four years of construction and was the longest bridge of its type worldwide.
Known for its uniquely bright orange color the bridge is 8,981 feet long. The bridge is supported by suspension cables that line its sides which connect to impressive towers standing 746 feet above water level. This suspension design has served well with the weather conditions that the bridge is constantly exposed to; the Golden Gate Bridge has only closed due to weather conditions three times since it first opened to traffic.
The brightly colored bridge is renowned for its sharp contrast to the famously thick fog that often rolls into the San Francisco Bay and is one of the most photographed bridges in the world. This unique engineering marvel continues to awe and inspire visitors.
Visitors to San Francisco can see the Golden Gate Bridge from many of the surrounding areas. Choose a hotel in Golden Gate Park, a hotel in Cow Hollow, the Marina District, or view a list of Fisherman's Wharf hotels.