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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Address: CA
Phone Number: 415-561-4700
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Activities: Walking, Inline skating, Hiking
Description: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park...
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in an urban area, encompasses nearly 81,000 acres. Spanning Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, Golden Gate National Recreation Area also includes areas such as Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, Presidio of San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands.
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Grab your camera and explore!!!!

This is the area for great afternoon and sunset photos! There are really fun compositions if you are willing to hike and explore. It's well worth the effort. You can create so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is the area for great afternoon and sunset photos! There are really fun compositions if you are willing to hike and explore. It's well worth the effort. You can create so many great bridge photos from these Obs points! Take your time and bring some water and a headlamp in case your out a bit late!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We covered a part of the area on the HOHO bus tour as it criss crossed the Golden Gate bridge. . Much of the land was formerly used by the United States Army and is managed by the National Park Service. It attracts more than 13 million visitors a year. The park contains tourist attractions such as Muir Woods National... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

There isn't a more beautiful Coastline that offers views like this anywhere. Bring your camera. Most areas have free access. In the North its like the White Cliffs of Dover and sweet lighthouses. In the south red bluffs rise from the sea. Where ever you go in this Park System it is Golden.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Beautiful rugged landscapes, and great views back to the city. It's really impressive. We biked across the bridge, and it was a great experience.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The GGNRA used to be part of the federal military reservation, that protected San Francisco and the Golden Gate, during WWII, Korea and Vietnam... There are still many reinforced concrete fortifications and ammunition bunkers, sites that once held 16-inch Naval Artillery "rifles, that could launch i ton shells over 20 miles, none of which were ever fired in anger...Part of... More 

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Kithnos, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

a well organized area that people with many different kind of interest can do many things. nice place with natural beauty and many people around

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Malaga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area was set up to protect a large portion of the city and coast for enjoying it's views, history and countryside. Each area offering a unique experience. It is incredible what they have done to preserve the Presidio alone and worth the drive around. The headlands offer another experience that is unique. Enjoy this part... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Great Museums, Botanical Gardens and walking trails. It's a beautiful place to visit. This area is near numerous stores and restaurants, and is easy to access via public transportation. also Segway tours are available.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is NOT a swimming beach. Northern California ocean temperature makes swimming uncomfortable unless you have a wet suit. So why go there? Because it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the US. You can walk for a couple of miles and see seals, pelicans, Marbled Godwits (if you walk the beach in the winter), sandpipers, etc. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I parked at the Lands End Visitors Center, located in the Merrie Way park just east of the Cliff House at the cross streets of Point Lobos, El Camino del Mar in San Francisco, California. Plenty of free parking (both in the lot of the VC and just across the street). There is also a lot of free parking along... More 

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