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Sydney has the Opera House. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. And San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge.
It may not be the only long suspension bridge in San Francisco, but it is certainly the most famous and, therefore, the most celebrated.
And today San Francisco is celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary. The orange suspension bridge first opened on May 27, 1937, and has since become one of the most-photographed and well-loved bridges in the world.
So, in honor of its 75th birthday, here are a handful of photos of the Golden Gate Bridge from my own recent trip to the City by the Bay.
My "postcard shot" of the bridge on an uncharacteristically blue-skied day in San Francisco.
The official color of the Bridge? "International Orange."
The Golden Gate, as seen from Alcatraz Island.
Standing at the top of Fort Point, looking out over the "Golden Gate," the stretch of water that separates the Bay of San Francisco from the Pacific Ocean.
The bridge on a more-typical foggy/cloudy day, as seen from Crissy Field.
A chilly, foggy day under the Bridge. Wouldn't want to jump into the water today, though plenty do each year from the Bridge...
Biking (or walking) across the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-do in San Francisco!
The Bridge from the Marin County side.
If you ask me, it's impressive in any kind of weather.
Happy 75th birthday, Bridge!
Which of these Golden Gate Bridge photos is your favorite?