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Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Golden Gate, a passage between the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and Marin County to the north, and as part of both U.S. Route 101 and State Route 1 is one of the major road routes into and out of the city of San Francisco.

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic attractions of San Francisco; it has been called one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 2007, was ranked fifth on the List of America's Favourite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

The Bridge is the masterwork of architect Joseph B. Strauss who was the designer and chief engineer, the bridge took seven years to build, and was completed on May 27, 1937. The project cost more than $35 million. The Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937 at twelve o'clock noon, since its opening roughly 1.6 billion people have used the 4,200 feet long span (including the approach). The highest point of the bridge is 476 feet above the water; some of the foundations are 100 feet under water.

The Golden Gate Bridge was; from 1937 until 1964; the longest suspension bridge span in the world; nowadays, it the second-longest single-span suspension bridge in the United States, after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City and the ninth-longest single-span suspension bridge in the world.

The bridge was originally painted with red, now the bridge has a deep red-orange colour called “orange vermilion” also known as “International Orange”, the colour was selected to make the bridge more easily observable through the thick fog that recurrently shrouds the bridge and also because it was a colour that fit in naturally to the bridge's setting and the neighbouring land area.

Millions of people visit the bridge each year. Walk across the bridge is one of the best ways to enjoy the immense scale of the structure, there are vista points on both north and south sides of the bridge with parking lots; but be prepared, it's usually windy and cold, and the traffic is noisy, dress appropriately.

Pedestrians, wheelchair users and bicyclists can access east sidewalk from 05:00 am to 09:00 pm, it's a 50 minute walk over the Bridge. Roller blades, skateboards and roller skates are not permitted. Another good way to view the bridge is via a ferry or via boat charter.

The Bridge has been closed three times due to weather (on 1 December 1951, on 23 December 1982, and on 3 December 1983) since it was built; the bridge has also been closed for visits from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Charles de Gaulle of France and also on the 50th Anniversary of the bridge in 1987.

The San Francisco end of the Golden Gate Bridge is accessible by the MUNI 28 bus line from Fort Mason in the Marina District near Fisherman's Wharf.

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