Summer in San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay

The San Francisco Bay area’s attractions are plentiful and varied, but by far the most well-known attraction is the Golden Gate Bridge. Declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the art deco-style suspension bridge is known around the world as the symbol of San Francisco. On your trip to the City by the Bay make sure you get the best view of the awe-inspiring attraction by taking a voyage aboard the Golden Gate Bridge Cruise. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from the water is an incredible and unique experience. On this Red and White Fleet cruise, you’ll sail right under the 742-foot tall Bridge, providing ample opportunities for interesting photographs – the perfect souvenir! Not only does a San Francisco Bay cruise offer the best view of the Bridge, it also helps you avoid the crowds. With 10 million annual visitors, the Bridge is pretty packed – especially in the summer.

The cruise departs from Fisherman’s Wharf and takes you for a one-hour spin aboard a luxury boat with indoor and outdoor seating plus cash bars on board. On your journey, you’ll see the Golden Gate Bridge in all its glory, and you’ll also see numerous other San Francisco attractions. Thanks to a personal headphone audio narration offered in 16 different languages, you’ll also learn about the fascinating history of the Golden Gate City’s many landmarks. On the way out of the Bay you’ll pass the Aquatic Pier, Hyde Street Pier, and the ships of the National Maritime Historic Park. After passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll see Sausalito, the Angel Island State Park, and infamous Alcatraz Island where notorious prisoners like Al Capone were once jailed. Finally, as you’re pulling back into the Wharf, you’ll likely see the sea lions bathing in the sun on Pier 39 before viewing the SS Jeremiah O’Brien and USS Pampanito, two WWII veteran ships.

After you’ve gotten your Golden Gate Bridge Cruise tickets from Smart Destinations, make sure to check out the other eclectic mix of world-class sites on the Go San Francisco Card attractions pass that will take your itinerary from uninspiring to unforgettable. Some of the top San Francisco attractions include the San Francisco Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, and a beautiful and decadent San Francisco Wine Country Tour.

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