Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge

Over the Thanksgiving long weekend, we spent a few hours crossing the Golden Gate and were treated to a spectacular view. For many who live in the Bay Area, crossing the bridge seems like such a tourist thing to do. The Golden Gate Bridge Gift Shop is full of t-shirts, bridge magnets, and even cans of fog… Definitely aimed at San Francisco visitors. In fact, I’ve only crossed it when friends were visiting from out of town. Last Friday was no different.

But what a deal – $2 for two hours of parking on the SF side – less than what most parking meters in the rest of the City charge. Parking is free on the northern side of the bridge, but you’ll need $5 to cross back over if you’re from the City. There’s also a free muddy lot just down the road on the SF side if you’re brave enough to leave your car there unattended. And if you are public transportation-inclined, the 28 MUNI bus drops you off right there.

Also, don’t forget to bring a jacket. SF is a very windy city, especially on the Bridge…

3 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on November 27th, 2005 @ 11:20 pm

    If you’re talking about the lot I think you are – it’s safe and secure – at least during daylight hours. Many joggers and cyclists pass that way, along with walkers, hikers, tourists, park rangers, cops, etc.

    So while I wouldn’t stroll there at dawn alone, I’d park there with few worries for most of the day.

  2. Jane (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 4:14 pm

    don’t fall of the bridge, that would hurt.

  3. Linda (unregistered) on December 11th, 2005 @ 5:03 am

    Well, it’s not too expensive to enjoy the magnificent place…though free would be better…
    I’d like to come and take pictures one day too.

    A European

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