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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Phone Number: 415-561-4700
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in...

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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One of my Favorite Places

Pictures cannot do this place justice... you have to see it. Every time I am in this area I make it a point to spend at least a day up here. It is simply amazing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Atlanta, Georgia
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258 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pictures cannot do this place justice... you have to see it. Every time I am in this area I make it a point to spend at least a day up here. It is simply amazing.

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San Geronimo, California
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ridge trail provides 360 degree views (or so it seems) of natural beautiful of West Marin, where we live. This is so beautiful. Even if you park on Sir Francis Drake, and just walk to the ridge trailhead, you'll get a taste of the amazing natural beauty of this area.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much fun the have the weekend in the area, with undeniable beautiful scene and great trails and roads for hiking and biking.

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Oakland, California
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81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

GGNRA is a sprawling park from SF in the south up to the head of Tomales Bay. All the areas it emcompasses are worth exploring. Head north on a weekday during the winter and you will miss the summer crowds and find a serene beautiful park area where you can hike without running into others.

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Noblesville, Indiana, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

This is the place to start your tour of San Francisco. If you can drive in from the North that yields the moment when you come out of a tunnel and the Golden Gate Bridge is in full view. Given its proximity to a major city, this place is not terribly crowded. There are many places to take classic photos... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

As a bird flies the GGNRA is very near SF, but once you get there you will feel like you are worlds away. It's a short drive from SF, is accessible by public transit (Muni 76x on weekends), a moderate bike ride gets you there, and for those training for a marathon you can actually run there from SF though... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Great views of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, old fortifications, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. The nice thing is that you can drive, walk or bike from each vista and a good portion of the roads are one way.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

All the lower area tourist outlook areas were packed so we drove up and the view has to be more spectacular than what we would have got otherwise.

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Hampstead, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Stopped here on the drive from Sonoma to Silicon Valley - definitely worth the short detour. Several pullouts and parking areas have direct views of San Francisco, Alcatraz and the bay, the Pacific and the Golden Gate Bridge. Short walks from the paring areas provide access to several fortifications/gun batteries (guns long removed) with informative displays - though some have... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I mean, who would go to SF and not go to see the Golden Gate bridge or cross it at one point. Some great view points on both sides od the bridge.

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