Monday, May 07, 2012

Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary

The Golden Gate Bridge celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.  This means, a party is in order and San Francisco will be celebrating.  The big party occurs on May 27, but many other events will be held.  A full listing can be found at www.goldengatebridge75.org.  

In addition, big changes are occurring on the San Francisco side of the bridge.  A new Bridge Pavilion will host a visitors center that includes information on the bridge and a gift shop.  Up the hill, close to the toll plaza, the Bridge Roundhouse will be the starting point for tours of the Bridge and will house a commemorative photo program.  Both of these buildings open on May 9.  The cafe is still under renovation with no firm opening date set.  When it opens, the menu will be greatly improved.

West of the toll plaza, the Coastal and Bay Trails have been improved and are now open for hikers and walkers to explore the bluffs overlooking the Golden Gate and Pacific Ocean and the historic batteries.  In the near future, two new vista points will offer breathtaking water views.  The picture above was taken from a battery on the Coastal Trail just west of the Bridge.

If you would like to take a tour of San Francisco that includes a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.

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