Even though it’s almost been a full month since visiting Northern California, we still can’t seem to shake the idyllic views and laid-back vibes from our minds and hearts. One of the most memorable days we had was the our day viewing the Golden Gate. We spent hours driving, hiking, and strolling around the Bay scoping out the best ways to see this iconic bridge. Below are the top five spots we shot this dreamlike, painting-esque structure.
Top 5 Spots for Viewing the Golden Gate Bridge
- Marshall’s Beach: For a view of the majestic bridge from a secluded beach (secluded enough for some brave nudists), try this rocky coast. Getting down to this beach is not for the faint of heart, but once accessed this beach is peppered with stones of all shapes and sizes and wildflowers popping up in the most unlikely of places.
- From the Bridge: This bridge isn’t just a landmark for the San Francisco area, it’s an architectural marvel. For an up-close-and-personal view, take the 1.7 mile walk across. The steel towers rise into the clouds and the main and suspender cables create a unique visual experience. You may even get to see some unexpected marine life, like humpback whales or sea lions.
- Fort Battery: For an eye level view of the towers of the bridge, check out the multiple viewing points in the Fort Battery area. Hit this windy road around the golden hour and see this bridge turn into an glowing golden masterpiece.
- Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center: This is probably the most touristy area of the five on this list, but for good reason. Route 101 curves over the clear blue-green water in the form of Golden Gate from this spot, but what makes this location special are the goodies you can purchase to remember this experience.
- Vista Point: The best way to view your 1.7 mile accomplishment is from this spot. The stone wall creates the perfect seat to observe the city skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. Grab your camera for a few photos you will cherish forever.