Panorama showing the view over San Francisco Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge on a sunny day. As the image shows, the views from up here are stunning, though compromised by the almost continuous sound of traffic. There are a couple of these viewing points across the bridge. The picture clearly shows the Marin Headlands, Angel Island and Horseshoe Bay to the north. The bulk of San Francisco city lies on the hills silhouetted by the sun. You can just make out some of the tall buildings on the tops of the hills in this panorama.
San Francisco Bay from Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'San Francisco Bay from Golden Gate Bridge' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.
Panoramic views from this iconic landmark take in Alcatraz Island, Angel island, the Oakland Bay Bridge and even Telegraph Hill (just!). Although the Golden Gate Bridge itself is certainly the most well known of these famous sites, from up here you do get a sense of how many famous landmarks and scenic places are clustered together in this compact Bay area.
San Francisco area has innumerable guided tours around the Bay, the coast line and over the bridge, but there are also extensive walking and hiking routes for visitors who wish to explore the area on foot or by bicycle. The Presidio area has around 29 miles of trails networking panoramic viewpoints and attractions of interest. The city itself is served by the cable car network which links the major attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf and the Embarcadero where boat trips to the islands terminate. A visitor with limited time can still enjoy much of San Francisco - not only these famous landmark sites but also the diverse neighbourhoods, even simply that an environmental reserve can be sited by a prestigious military site, a few blocks from the heart of the urban center and a few minutes walk from the major visitor attractions.
Bus: Golden Gate Bridge/Parking Lot (28, 29)
Car: Parking at the Golden Gate Bridge Parking Lot (fees apply) or free parking in another lot a short distance down Lincoln Blvd.
Walk: It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge.