The Presidio of San Francisco, one of America's newest national parks, was once the most important military post on the West Coast. Over the span of 200 years, three flags flew over the base--Spanish, Mexican and American.
The Presidio's 1,480 acres of prime real estate next to the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay have some of the best views in town. And there's so much more to experience, including 11 miles of hiking trails; 14 miles of bike routes; hidden picnic sites with lavish backdrops of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and Pacific Ocean; eucalyptus and cypress groves; cannons dating from the late 1700s; a pet cemetery; abandoned barracks where Indian fighters once slept; and guided walking tours through historic military ruins, artillery batteries and the National Cemetery. Rangers also lead free tours at Fort Point, a four-tiered brick and granite fortress built between 1853 and 1861, tucked under the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Presidio Museum focuses on the role of the military in the history and development of The City from 1776,
through the earthquake and fire of 1906 to the present.
Address / Phone
The Presidio Visitor Information Center
National Park Service Building
102 Montgomery Street
Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129
Admission: free; Visitor Center open daily from 9am-5pm; closed: New Year, Thanksgiving, Christmas
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