October 30, 2015

Golden Gate Bridge, California

Photograph by Ross Barringer

On a clear day, the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge affords sweeping views. As shown in this photo, the bridge isn't actually painted gold but a color called "international orange," chosen in part because it makes the bridge clearly visible to passing ships. "Golden Gate" refers to the body of water the bridge spans: Golden Gate Strait.

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