Despite its name, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, is not painted gold. It is orange vermilion, or a reddish orange, and its official paint shade is International Orange. The shade was selected so that it would be visible in foggy conditions to passing boats in the water while also blending in with the warm colors of the land. The U.S. military originally wanted the bridge to be painted with stripes. The Navy pushed for black and yellow stripes for maximum visibility by sea, and the Air Force wanted red and white stripes so that it could be seen more easily by air.
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