Sometimes when you finally see a famous landmark of which you have seen countless renditions, it can be a letdown. But this was not the case with San Francisco's glorious Golden Gate Bridge. It looks even better in person than it does in the the movies. I'm no bridge aficionado but I must say this is one spectacular bridge.
The bridge, which was first opened in 1937, gets its name from the body of water it crosses: the Golden Gate Strait. The orange color was supposedly chosen to help the bridge blend in with its surroundings, but I think it actually gives it provides a great contrast to see the sea and mountains.
You can watch the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge from Marina Green or Crissy Field. If you happen to have a car with you while you're visiting the city, take the time to drive across the bridge during the day to admire the skyline, the mountains and the beauty of the bridge itself. Leaving SF is free, while the returning toll costs $6. There are vista points on both sides of the bridge where you can stop and take photos.
Once you're over on the north side, you'll find plenty to explore on the north side. If you're short on time then you might want to check out the houseboats just a few miles away in Sausalito at Waldo Point Harbor (pictured left).
We visited them in low tide, but going during high tide would make for a more aesthetically pleasing experience. You can get information on the tides here.