You can reach the bridge easily from the visitors parking lot, but if you like running hills or longer distances, start at the Marina Green or Crissy Field and take Long Avenue up to the pedestrian path. On a clear day, which is not as rare as you might think, you’ll see Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge, and Oakland. Golden Gate Bridge is an absolutely stunning place to be at sunrise. You’ll have to head out in the dark, but you’ll be rewarded.
Of course you must plan to walk or bike across the bridge! (rent bikes at Fisherman's Wharf.) While there is a small parking lot at the foot of the bridge, on both the north and south sides, don't count on it. Lots are small and typically have long car lines waiting to grab a spot. Also there…