Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
Click here for driving directions to the Golden Gate Bridge from both San Francisco and Marin -- to north or south sides.
The easiest but least dramatic experience of the Golden Gate Bridge is to simply drive across. The Golden Gate Bridge is a toll bridge, with the toll paid as you're traveling south. If you're driving from San Francisco to Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge, the passage will be free.
Fastrak users have designated lanes on the Golden Gate Bridge as with other Bay Area toll bridges.
SOUTH SIDE - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
The Golden Gate Bridge visitor and gift center is at the south end of the bridge. There's a metered parking lot adjacent to the visitor center, as well as additional parking below the main lot.
The Roundhouse gift center (built in 1938) was originally a restaurant for motorists. Inside the center you'll find Golden-Gate-bridge-related information, souvenirs, books, and photos. There are restrooms a short walk from the visitor center.
Joseph B Strauss Statue & Fort Point Overlook
Behind the statue to Strauss (chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge) you can follow a short path to the Fort Point Overlook.
NORTH SIDE - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
At the north Vista Point of the Golden Gate Bridge, in Marin County, you'll find a large parking lot as well as restrooms just a short walk from the parking lot.
Lone Sailor and Sea Services Memorial
The Lone Sailor Memorial was dedicated in 2002 and is a replica of the Lone Sailor at the Navy Memorial in Washington DC. The area also includes memorials to the Marines, the Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marines.
Just behind the memorial you'll find a sign designating the area Blue Star Memorial Highway -- a tribute to the armed services that have defended the United States of America.