Tours of the Golden Gate Bridge inaugurated during its 75th anniversary in 2012 are back for a second season starting April 1. Fans and even locals give this tour high marks on Yelp for the engaging back-story about the bridge's Art Deco style, the dangers during construction and why civil engineers selected it as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Tours last 45 minutes and are offered six times daily through Oct. 6 on the suspension bridge, which connects San Francisco with Marin County. Guests meet at the Roundhouse on the southeast corner of the bridge's visitor area (parking is limited; you might consider taking public transit) and walk about a quarter-mile to the bridge's South Tower during the tour.
Yes, it can be cool and windy out there (dress in layers, even in summer), but headsets make the listening easy no matter how much noise. Back at the Roundhouse, souvenir-seekers can dress up with a hard hat and vest for a green-screen picture that places them atop the bridge for $20.
Tours are offered on the half-hour starting at 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tickets may be bought in advance online or by phone, and cost $12.95 per person for adults, $9.95 for seniors and children 6 to 17, free for children 5 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit preservation and restoration projects throughout Golden Gate National Parks.