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Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75: Virtual walk along San Francisco’s iconic structure


(Jeff Chiu - AP)

If you’ve never visited the Golden Gate Bridge, here is your chance to experience it virtually.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the go-ahead for vehicles to begin crossing what was, at the time, the world’s longest suspension bridge. In the 75 years since, the bridge has come to mean much more than transportation.

To celebrate the Golden Gate’s 75th anniversary, we’ve created a walking tour of San Francisco’s iconic structure. The map below uses Google Street View images to simulate a stroll across the bridge.

Press the “Play” button to start your journey from San Francisco, across the bridge and winding through the Golden Gate National Recreation area for a pleasant look back at the bridge and city. You can press “Pause” at any time to stop and look around.

If you liked what you saw, you can learn more about the Golden Gate Bridge below.

[Related: Engineers say keeping it open is no easy task]

The Golden Gate Bridge is an impressive feat of modern engineering. In the following video, learn how “the bridge that pessimists said could not be built” has become an iconic piece of history for the city of San Francisco and across the world.

By Michael Katz  |  01:18 PM ET, 05/24/2012

 
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