10 Best Things to Do on the West Coast

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6) Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

There is no greater symbol of what California represents to people around the globe than the world’s most famous suspension bridge. Known as one of the architectural wonders of the modern world, the bridge opened in 1937, and remained the longest suspension bridge on Earth until 1964. Uniquely located, the Bridge connects San Francisco with neighboring Marin County just to the north, spanning the Golden Gate Strait, where the vast Pacific Ocean meets the San Francisco Bay. Long seen as the gateway to America, the Golden Gate is rich in architectural and cultural history, and is a pathway into one of America’s best known and loved cities. Its immediately recognizable color is International Orange. The Bridge is painted that way because the color compliments the natural surroundings and can be seen in the fog that frequently sets in over San Francisco. The scenic overlook on the north side of the bridge is a popular spot to get a great view of the San Francisco skyline.

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