The Golden Gate – America
The Golden Gate area of San Francisco is home to much more than just the world-famous bridge. The region also contains two former American military sites, The Presidio and Fort Mason, which are now fascinating National Historic landmarks, as well as parks, valleys and beautiful beaches. The Golden Gate Bridge itself is truly stunning, the vibrant orange modern marvel of human architecture stretches magnificently over San Francisco Bay and weighs a staggering near- 900 thousand tonnes. The Presidio was removed from active military service just 10 years ago, but is now a thriving National Park, characterised by its lofty wooded areas which allow stunning views over the Bridge, the Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Fort Mason was also recently re-adapted from military duty to become part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and is home to a multitude of interesting and historically important museums and galleries.
Where is it?
Golden Gate is in the northern section of San Francisco, which itself lies in the centre of California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
What is it?
This area of the city is of great historic and geographic importance and is home to some of America’s most iconic and renowned landmarks, such as Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Best time to visit?
The best time to visit San Francisco is from the beginning of September to November, as the autumn months offer warm temperatures and fewer crowds.
The Palace of Fine Arts, in the Marina District of the Golden Gate, is a monumental structure built for the 1915 World’s Fair. An impressive Roman influenced Rotunda dominates the site, and is surrounded by a swan-inhabited lagoon and lush green trees.