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Golden Gate Bridge

It's one of the most popular—and photographed—attractions in San Francisco for a good reason. A modern marvel of engineering and an object of incredible beauty, the Golden Gate Bridge is truly a sight to behold. If you catch it on a foggy day, its towers appear to disappear in the clouds, and on a sunny day, its sweeping cables draw lines in the sky that seem to go on for miles.

Spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean, its signature international orange color perfectly contrasts with the deep, cold waters below. A day before cars first trekked 1.7 miles across the bridge, people walked and roller skated across it during the opening day celebration. Today, you'll see endless crowds driving, biking, skating, and strolling across its pedestrian walkways.

No matter what angle you're viewing from, you'll have a chance to take magnificent pictures. To experience its beauty from afar, catch the views from Golden Gate Park or Marin highlands. For a quick glimpse, take a car over from Marin to San Francisco for a $6 toll. In addition to the common tourist spots, check out Hawk Hill, Kirby Cove, and Fort Point; each provides unique glimpses of this massive, majestic structure. Just make sure to see the Golden Gate Bridge from the North side once in your lifetime.

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