San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay has some of the most spectacular bridges in the world. Looking at these wonders is a pastime in itself — walking or driving upon them is an adventure. Here’s what you should know about the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridges, two symbols of the city’s connection to the people.

Bay Bridge

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is 23,000 feet long and carries 260,000 vehicles daily. During the late 1800s, San Francisco was disconnected from the newly built new transcontinental railroad. It was during this Gold Rush Era that the bridge was originally conceptualized. In 1972, Joshua Norton, a self-proclaimed emperor, officially declared that a bridge was to be constructed. Many years later, 8,000 workers finally completed the bridge on November 12th, 1936. The project cost $77 million. The bridge’s anchorage utilized new construction technology, which included 55 steel tubes that are 15 feet in diameter and filled with compressed air. At the time, the Bay Bridge was the largest bridge in the world and since then has undergone multiple improvements and expansions.

For information on walking or biking the Bay Bridge, click here.

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Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is 8,981 feet long, weighs 887,000 tons and was declared one of the Modern Wonders of the World. Although the project was approved in 1924, the construction began in 1933. Many people said that this bridge couldn’t be built. The area was foggy and windy. The strait had strong, powerful tides. And the water went almost 400 feet deep. But after many setbacks, constant fundraising, and four years of construction, the bridge was completed in 1937. The Golden Gate Bridge got its name from the turbulent length of waters below it — The Golden Gate Strait. The bridge’s color, International Orange, was chosen because of its ability to be identified against the fog.

Click here for information on walking or biking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Through these bridges and in countless other ways, The City By The Bay has always made major efforts to connect with the outside world. At one point, the city was experiencing lower city growth than the country’s average. But because of these bridges, San Francisco experienced rapid development and an increasing population made up of diverse people and mindsets. It’s this dynamic multiculturalism that makes the city such an interesting place to experience.

As one of our favorite hashtags puts it… #alwayssf, which has two meanings: 1) San Francisco is always changing but it is “always SF.” And 2) “No matter where you’re coming from or who you are, you’re always welcomed in San Francisco.”

The Bridge to Bridge Suite

For more information on visiting San Francisco, visit the city’s official tourism site. And if you want to stay in a hotel room where you can see both bridges, consider Loews Regency San Francisco‘s Bridge To Bridge Suite, pictured above.

Safe travels,

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