When it was built in the mid-1930s, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Golden Gate remains San Francisco’s iconic structure, stretching almost 2 miles to Marin County and soaring 4,200 feet above the bay. But most people see it through a car window, speeding by at 60 miles an hour. The bridge is worth a walk across for the vertigo-inducing view alone—the rounded green hills of Marin, San Francisco’s skyline, the Pacific running to the horizon, boats skipping across the water.
Locals walk and bike across, and you can do the same. Call Blazing Saddles to rent a bike and go it alone, or learn more by joining the three-hour Bike the Bridge tour. The tour takes you through the Presidio, across the bridge, and into Sausalito. At this point, you can return to the city by ferry or continue on your own with a Blazing Saddles tour map in hand.