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Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA 94129 (SoMa)
+1 415-561-5300
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Ranked #28 of 375 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: National Parks, Military Bases/ Facilities, Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Biking
Owner description: A military installation from 1776 until 1994, the Presidio saw duty for Spain, Mexico and the U.S.; it is now a national park with almost 1,500 acres... more » Owner description: A military installation from 1776 until 1994, the Presidio saw duty for Spain, Mexico and the U.S.; it is now a national park with almost 1,500 acres of hiking and biking trails, beautiful beaches and stunning views. « less
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Miami, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We went on a walking tour with Gail. This involved the history of the Presidio area. It was very informative and a beautiful walk. There were many young people in the central green park area. An extra bonus (that we did not anticipate!) was that the air force jets and the Blue Angels were performing. So, we could learn about... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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348 reviews 348 reviews
169 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The former military establishment is now a huge warren of housing developments, museums and stunning buildings. It also affords great views in some places. The Palace of Arts is sometimes mistaken by visitors as the Presidio itself, but it is a stunning building that has been restored to its former glory and is well worth visiting. Weekends always see some... More

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Malibu, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Returned to San Francisco to re-discover The Presidio. Revitalized & Exquisite Unparalled Views. Be sure to go along Arguello and Park Presidio. The Western side views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific are breath-taking. Be amazed as the views go from foggy to blue sky and white clouds. Enjoy via walking, biking, driving. Thank you!

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San Francisco, California
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232 reviews 232 reviews
20 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Possibly the most important place in all of California, though Yosemite might be up there. No joke - 100's of years of multiple types of history, nature and every type of eco-system and microclimate you could imagine. If you like hiking, biking, arts, museums, fun, food, activities, etc - it's all here. If you like public art, whether modern or... More

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Hollister, California
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32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I enjoyed memories-looking at the old cannons from the 17th century (or are they replicas?) when the Presidio was a Spanish army base, the interior of the club showing periodic renovations with adobe walls still beneath the wainscoted walls beneath the Mission Revival style plaster walls of the mesa room...There is a new Ohlone basket made for the exhibition to... More

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PA
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101 reviews 101 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Presidio has a beautiful view of San Francisco! There wasn't much to do there when we went, but the day was gorgeous as well as the view. The grounds are interesting and have an interesting history. I guess there are museums there, but we were too late to visit any of them.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This park is bigger than it looks, and when we visited we got a little lost inside it due to road works and construction. However, if you go down through the park, you will find the palace of fine arts- which is stunning! We stopped and had a picnic there, admiring the gorgeous lake and beautiful architecture, watching the people... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Really enjoyed walking through the Presidio. The timber smell, the quiet, the views of the Bay - all really pretty. The trail drops you right under the GG Bridge. I then caught one the city buses back to central city from $4.50. Really nice little paradise right in the heart of the city. There aren't any cafes or anything, and... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a beautiful area that's home to a former military base. It is wonderfully landscaped and maintained with an abundance of trees that were originally planted to camouflage the military base from the air. Wonderful place for hiking! The Walt Disney Family Museum is also in this area so put that on your list to check out if you're... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Until 1994 (and for the prior 200 years !), Presidio was a military installation. This owes to its strategic location - and its heights above the Pacific. Now a National Park, Presidio offers vistas, and acres of driving or walking streets/trails. Go here for both the historic site and great views !

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