San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge
Walk, Bike or Run Across the Golden Gate Bridge
Walk or bike the Golden Gate Bridge and marvel in one of the seven wonders of the modern world. It's estimated that 5,000 – 10,000 gallons of paint are used to repaint the Golden Gate Bridge each year. Ever dreamt of a workout with a truly killer view? Now you can take your exercise on the road – on the Golden Gate Bridge! Walk, bike or run the 1.7 mile expanse and have your exercise with a view. You'll have San Francisco at your feet as you head towards Marin County and the redwood forest. Below you, you'll have San Francisco Bay spread out on either side of you. If it's foggy, though, we recommend staying in your comfy hotel bed!
Bike The Golden Gate Bridge
Want to get a workout and have amazing views at the same time? Bike the Golden Gate Bridge! From your vantage point on the bridge, you'll see the harbor, the city and Marin County laid out for you. Just please, pay attention to the road!
The Golden Gate Bridge has two pathways across, on the eastern and western sides of the bridge. The path on the eastern side of the bridge is the more frequently taken. Here, bike access to the Golden Gate Bridge is limited to the hours of 5:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday. On the weekends, you can bike across only in the evening hours and overnight (from 6:00 PST or 9:00 pm PDT). The path on the western side of the Golden Gate Bridge is only for cyclists and only during the hours when the eastern path is closed to bikes.
Walk The Golden Gate Bridge
Walk the 1.7 miles across the Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the breathtaking vistas before you! Starting from San Francisco, you'll have the whole of the city behind you, the bay beneath you and Marin County in front of you.
Walking access to the Golden Gate Bridge is available daily, from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm PST or 9:00 pm PDT on the eastern side of the bridge only. In the morning, during the week, you'll be sharing the pathway with bicyclists, so if walkers only is more your style, you should plan on walking in the afternoon, after 3:30 pm, or on the weekend. Please note, there are no pedestrians allowed to walk across the bridge after posted hours, or overnight.
Beyond The Golden Gate Bridge
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is just the start – there is so much more to see in northern California than just San Francisco. Once you cross the Golden Gate Bridge, you'll be in Marin County. Here, you can visit the Marin Vista Point Trail, offering perfect skyline views of San Francisco (as long as there is no fog!).
Beyond that, there is Hendrik Point, which offers access to various former military batteries. 11 miles beyond the bridge, you can visit Muir Woods National Monument, home of the redwood trees. You can either bike there or, if you walked across, take public transport up to the park.