To mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is throwing a summer-long party, with the biggest celebrations taking place later this month.
San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge first welcomed pedestrians on May 27, 1937, before making way for vehicles one day later. Three-quarters of a century later, and the city is gearing up for some celebrations.
The series of events this coming weekend will stretch from Fort Point, which sits under the bridge, along the waterfront through Fisherman’s Wharf and on to Pier 39.
Visitors to the bridge can learn all about the history of the Golden Gate, and pore over artefacts and memorabilia from the Bridge District’s collection, in a purpose-built tent.
Travellers with an interest in culture can also visit an exhibition of artwork entitled “International Orange: The Bridge Reimagined”, by various artists at Fort Point.
The Golden Gate Bridge might hog all the postcards in San Fran, but there is plenty to see in this bohemian city. So where else should you visit?
Make the most of the pound’s strength against the dollar by stocking up on your fashion favourites in this famous shopping district.
Big names include Macy’s, Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. If independent stores are more your thing, take a wander down the area’s side streets to find some hidden gems.
Cable car ride
The iconic cable cars of San Francisco are almost as well-known as the Golden Gate Bridge, so there’s no excuse not to ride one.
These have featured in many an American movie, and there is no better way to get a sweeping view of the city than a ride in one of these unique trams.
Once home to notorious gangsters, including Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, this former prison now attracts 1.4 million annual visitors.