History of the Golden Gate Bridge: Walking Tour with Panoramic Viewpoint

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1 hr 15 mins

Max 25

Why take this tour?

Discover the fascinating history and facts behind the Golden Gate Bridge and take in the breathtaking views from a special vantage point often left unexplored by the average visitor. Our tour of this iconic American landmark delves deep into the secrets and stories of how the structure came to be, from its impossible beginnings to its final fruition - not to mention just what it takes to keep it pristine today!

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.See the Golden Gate Bridge from a special panoramic vantage point unknown to the average visitor
  • Created with Sketch.Learn little-known facts about Joseph Strauss, about the ownership of the bridge, and who ‘Karl’ is!
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy captivating stories from your expert Walks Guide - such as how events really unfolded on its infamous ‘opening day’
  • Created with Sketch.Walk the bridge to first tower, and take in San Francisco’s skyline from a different perspective

Bask in the beauty of the bridge - and the bay beyond

Your Golden Gate Bridge Tour begins near the Welcome Center, where you’ll meet your small group and Walks guide before embarking on a deep dive into the history of the iconic structure.

The story of the bridge’s construction is a captivating one, and with the help of your guide you’ll discover the lengths innovators had to go to to bring his improbable plan to fruition. As you’ll learn, there are some rather intriguing facts about the bridge itself - like the difficulties faced when carrying out a repaint, or who actually ‘owns’ it.

Following your introduction to this feat of engineering, it's time to take it all in from a special van...

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Your Golden Gate Bridge Tour begins near the Welcome Center, where you’ll meet your small group and Walks guide before embarking on a deep dive into the history of the iconic structure.

The story of the bridge’s construction is a captivating one, and with the help of your guide you’ll discover the lengths innovators had to go to to bring his improbable plan to fruition. As you’ll learn, there are some rather intriguing facts about the bridge itself - like the difficulties faced when carrying out a repaint, or who actually ‘owns’ it.

Following your introduction to this feat of engineering, it's time to take it all in from a special vantage point known to locals - but little known to visitors. A short hike and you’ll be in a position to take in sweeping panoramic views of the coastline, bay, the beach below and bridge beyond, and to learn about the climate and ecology of the bay. On most days, this will mean coming face-to-face with Karl - the nickname for the infamous fog that so often blankets the San Francisco Bay.

Peeling yourself away from the beautiful panoramic views won’t be easy, but knowing where you’re heading next makes it a little more palatable - to step on to the structure itself. As the bridge can be busy your guide will be on-hand to help you navigate should you need guidance, before you come to the first tower to learn a little more about the structure close-up.

As your tour comes to a close, you can choose to head back towards the Welcome Center or perhaps you’ll decide to continue your journey across the bridge armed with your newfound knowledge to mull over? On a nice day, there’s really nothing quite like it.

  • Sites Visited
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Special vantage point
  • Tour Includes
  • Walks local guide
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