Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

Postcard: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

San Francisco’s most famous landmark is today one the seven wonders of the modern world.

  • Golden Gate Bridge is crossing the strait of the Golden Gate from San Francisco’s Presidio to the Marin headlands.
  • It is connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
  • It is world-renowned by its International Orange color.
  • The bridge opened in 1937.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge is 2,7 kilometres long
  • The single-suspension span is anchored by twin towers that reach skyward 227,4 meters, and was once taller than any building in San Francisco.
  • The name came from the fact that the Golden Gate Strait (named by John Fremont) is the entrance into San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.
  • International Orange was selected as the color of the bridge because it provided visibility in the fog for passing ships and also because it was a color that fit in naturally with the bridge’s setting and the surrounding land area.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1964. It is now the ninth-longest.
  • The famed bridge gets 10 million visitors a year.
  • To have the best views of the bridge, visit it midday or early in the afternoon.

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