The Golden Gate Bridge is a true American treasure, deemed “one of the modern Wonders of the World” by the American Society of Engineers. The best hotels near the Golden Gate Bridge are considered landmarks in their own right.
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The Sir Francis Drake Hotel has graced Union Square as the city’s legendary monument, an icon at the heart of the city boasting the equally famous Harry Denton’s Starlight Room. Its orange paint job is recognized by the multitudes across the globe. You can get an even better view of the bridge from the luxurious Fairmont Heritage Place in historic Ghirardelli Square or the classic comfort of the Sheraton in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Spanning across Golden Gate Point, the opening of San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the longest and tallest suspension bridges in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge’s main span is 4,200 feet long and the bridge is 692 feet above the Bay below.
While staying at a Golden Gate Bridge hotel, one can view San Francisco from a high, panoramic angle that is truly breath taking. Built in 1937 to connect San Francisco to Marin County to the north, the bridge offers a great view of the entire city and other cities and towns surrounding San Francisco Bay. Tourists will see historical sites from modern day San Francisco and its past.
A typical tour of the Golden Gate Bridge is a combination of ferry cruise and walking. Visitors often are ferried from the bridge to popular San Francisco sites such as: Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Bay Bridge. The guided walking tour takes travelers past well-known San Francisco neighborhoods and streets: Nob Hill, China Town, Lombard Street, and Market Street. Other sites on the tour are City Hall, Golden Gate Park, and Union Square.
A visit to San Francisco is not complete unless you sample the local cuisine. Restaurants along the waterfront and near the Golden Gate Bridge range from seafood to All-American food. A local favorite is Franciscan /Restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf. The eatery’s specialty is seafood. At Franciscan’s you can dine on fresh rock shrimp omelette, and King Salmon. Other restaurants near the Golden Gate Bridge serve French cuisine and American cuisine.
Tourists who want the full experience of the Golden Gate Bridge can bike or walk across the bridge. The bridge has pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge that is open bicycle riders and walkers. In between the walkways are six lanes of automobile traffic traveling in opposite directions. From the walkway visitors can look down on San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.
Your stay at a Golden Gate Bridge hotel promises to be a breathtaking experience. Tourists have a wide array of Golden Gate hotels to stay at, restaurants to visit and activities to partake in. Travelers can take a ferryboat cruise along San Francisco Bay, walk through historic San Francisco neighborhoods, great restaurants or walk or bike on the Golden Gate Bridge itself. This is a vacation spot to remember. Book your room at any one of the hotels near the Golden Gate Bridge featured on BestHotels.com.