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Five famous historic bridges span the San Francisco Bay. Discover each in this special feature tour. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay Bridge, Dumbarton, San Mateo-Hayward, Richmond-San Rafael bridges.
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Pier 39 West Marina Park, San Francisco, CA 94133; (415) 705-5555; Ferry Website;
Blue & Gold Fleet is the premier ferry service provider on San Francisco Bay.
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Moderately Priced. Clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations with many in-room amenities and services. Holiday Inn is committed to providing accessible facilities under the American Disabilities Act.
By far the most famous of California, it was completed in 1937 after a difficult four-year struggle against high winds, treacherous tides and dense fog. It is the principle north-south route of the Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1 / US-101), linking San Francisco to Marin County. The bridge toll is $3, collected southbound only.
A popular scenic route is the pedestrian walkway along the bayside of the bridge (open 5AM-9PM). Here you can get a "gulls-eye" view of to the decks of ocean-going vessels and to San Francisco in the distance.
This engineering marvel is 8,981 feet long and the main span length is 4,200 feet making it one of the longest single span suspension bridges ever built. Its two giant towers stand 746 feet above the water, the highest in the world. The clearance of 220 feet allows for the largest ocean-going liners and warships to pass underneath. A full-time paint crew constantly maintains that distinctive orange color.
A visitor center is located on the southeast corner and includes the following:
Golden Gate Bridge Bike Ride
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Start at one of our 4 convenient locations in the Fisherman Wharf area and follow the bike path through the newly preserved Chrissy Field, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and downhill to beautiful Sausalito or the charming seaside town of Tiburon and take the ferry back to San Francisco. Group Tours, Bike Rentals, Trail Maps available.
Presidio of San Francisco
Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, The Presidio of San Francisco offers many historically significant places and spectacular natural areas to visit where a wide variety of recreational activities are possible.
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the largest urban national parks in the world and offers many historically significant places and spectacular natural areas to visit where a wide variety of recreational activities are possible.
Fort Point National Historic Site
Massive bay fortress was built by the U.S. Army 1853-1861 and is nearly identical in design to Fort Sumter, S.C. Although it never fought in any battles it was defended by 102 cannon and 471 men and was the principal center of defense on the West Coast until 1900. Today it is a museum with videos showing the history of the fort and the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge which looms massively overhead.
The terminal point of a major trans-continental highway (I-80), this bridge was completed just six months before its counterpart at the Golden Gate. A much longer span, it touches Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island as it connects San Francisco to the East Bay.
This bridge, including approaches, runs 8.4 miles long and includes a double deck tunnel crossing of Yerba Buena Island.
There is a $2 toll for westbound traffic. Info (510) 286-1148.
The southernmost crossing of the bay, the Dumbarton Bridge (SR-84) connects Palo Alto to Fremont. In the process it crosses over the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. (Toll)
Another important south bay crossing is SR-82 which connects San Mateo to Hayward (Toll). Its five steel spans constitutes the longest of the bay bridges and one of the longest highway bridges in the country.
The important north bay link is I-580, crossing between San Rafael and Richmond. (Toll)
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The Carlton Hotel is San Francisco's best kept secret. Centrally located to shopping, dining, theaters, business and sightseeing, this 165-room hotel offers the ultimate in charm and personal service. All guestrooms, including 1 suite at the Carlton are beautifully appointed in a rich, comfortable style with many rooms boasting breathtaking city views. You will find the Oak Room Grill convenient for breakfast or dinner-then relax in front of a blazing fire in the cozy lobby.
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