On May 27, 1937, a brand new bridge opened to the public for the first time. Connecting San Francisco to its northern neighbor, Marin County, the new bridge -- controversial at the time -- became one of the most photographed man-made projects in history. The Golden Gate Bridge is now a worldwide icon, and this Sunday, it turns 75.
Join CNET in celebrating this great bridge, and get a look at it from nearly every angle, as well as at some terrific historic photographs of its construction.
The Golden Gate Bridge has a famous red color, but that red doesn't last long, given the pounding it takes from wind, clouds, and fog. That means it must be painted almost constantly, and this worker, taking a pause from the job, is one of the heroes who braves the heights of the towers to keep it looking good.
One of the busiest waterways in the world, the Golden Gate welcomes a steady stream of ships coming in to both the ports of San Francisco and Oakland. Here, a cargo ship is seen through the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge.
On March 20, 2010, David de Rothschild's Plastiki set sail for the other side of the world. The vessel, seen here with the large sail to the right of the Golden Gate Bridge, was made from all recycled plastic, as a way of bringing attention to the plight of the world's oceans.
A view of the Golden Gate Bridge makes almost any property more valuable, and the neighborhoods and nearby towns that have such views can boast some of the most expensive real estate in the world. This is a view of the bridge from Tiburon, a small town to the north of the bridge.