The Golden Gate is the North American strait connecting San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Since 1937, it has been spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge. Technically, the "gate" is defined by the headlands of the San Francisco Peninsula to the south (right in the above photo) and the Marin Peninsula to the north (left in the above photo), while the strait is the water flowing in between.

Photograph by Antal Runneboom, MyShot
  • On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge, connecting the city of San Francisco to the Marin Headlands, opened to the public. Many San Franciscans celebrated the landmark’s "Pedestrian Day" opening, when people, but no cars, were allowed on the bridge. Visitors walked, skated, ran, and even danced across the bridge, painted bright orange to stand out in the region’s dense fog.
    The 2.7-kilometer (1.7-mile) suspension bridge was one of the era's biggest engineering and construction accomplishments. In 2010, it was recognized as one of the “Wonders of the Modern World” by the American Society of Civil Engineers. 
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    accomplish Verb

    to succeed or complete a goal.

    celebrate Verb

    to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

    city Noun

    large settlement with a high population density.

    civil engineer Noun

    person who works in the design and construction of buildings, roads, and other public facilities.

    construct Verb

    to build or erect.

    dense Adjective

    having parts or molecules that are packed closely together.

    engineering Noun

    the art and science of building, maintaining, moving, and demolishing structures.

    fog Noun

    clouds at ground level.

    Encyclopedic Entry: fog
    headland Noun

    point of land, usually a steep cliff, that descends into a body of water.

    landmark Noun

    a prominent feature that guides in navigation or marks a site.

    pedestrian noun, adjective

    person who travels by walking.

    suspension bridge Noun

    bridge with its deck hanging from cables strung between towers.