The Golden Gate Bridge, built in 1937, is one of the most famous suspension bridges in the world. The bridge was designed by Joseph Strauss. Beneath the San Francisco span of the bridge is the National Historical Site, Fort Point.
The Golden Gate Bridge spans the San Francisco Bay from the north side of the San Francisco peninsula to Marin County. It is well known for its distinctive color and architecture and, along with cable cars, is perhaps the most iconic feature of San Francisco. The bridge is a popular tourist destination.
The road on the Golden Gate Bridge is US Route 101. The bridge can also be traversed on foot, or by using Golden Gate Transit buses. As of January 2010, the cash toll for southbound two-axle vehicles is $6 ($5 with FasTrak). The northbound route is free, so though you get charged to enter San Francisco, the city is always happy to see you go.
The Golden Gate Bridge has a website operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District that provides transit information such as bridge news and ferry and bus schedules, as well as a live webcam of the bridge. The site also has a link to an online store where one can purchase Golden Gate Bridge merchandise.
The bridge is painted a color called "International Orange", designed for high visibility in contrast with surroundings and yet harmonizing well with the natural landscape.
Someone jumps off the bridge to kill themselves about once every two weeks, despite the suicide prevention measures like signs, cameras, railings, patrols, and the closure of the bridge to pedestrians at night. Eric Steel's documentary "The Bridge" features chilling footage of people jumping along with interviews of friends and family members of jumpers. Update 10/11/08- Friday, directors of the bridge transportation district voted to hang stainless steel nets from the sides of the world-famous span to thwart jumpers. they'll hang 20 feet below the bridge and extend about 20 feet out to each side.
View from the top
On May 27, 2012, Golden Gate bridge celebrated its 75th anniversary. There was a festive mood filled with activities, music and fireworks.