Bay BridgeConnecting the East and West communities of the Bay Area, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is a monumental structure and a favorite way to travel between San Francisco and Oakland. Spanning San Francisco Bay, the expansive bridge opened on November 12, 1936. Views of this stunning bridge can be enjoyed from multiple rooms at the Bristol, as well as Perry’s.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is one of the country’s busiest bridges and a global icon, featuring innovative engineering, cutting-edge construction and seismic technology. The Bay Bridge is comprised of two separate bridges, a tunnel, and a mile-long elevated roadway.
The Bay Bridge is currently undergoing a seismic retrofit through a series of projects on the West Span, between San Francisco and Yerba Buena Island, and East Span, which is being replaced. The new bridge will open to traffic in both directions in 2013.
An iconic light sculpture created from 25,000 white LED lights, the Bay of Lights will be illuminated from dusk to midnight for two years to celebrate the 75th Anniversary and the completion of the new East Span next year. The luminous sculpture - 1½ miles wide and 500 feet high – shines over the Bay Area and can be seen from San Francisco and points north.