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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...more
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

The Golden gate national recreation area, just to the west of Route 101 after it crosses San Francisco bay on the Golden Gate bridge, is a mecca for cyclists, hikers, trail runners, and sightseers. There is a useful information center on the way into the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Great views of Golden Gate Bridge, interesting visitor center. Parking is very tight. Hard to get here if you don’t know the area - easy tot ale a wrong turn and mistakenly get in a freeway speeding wrong way.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

The Golden Gate National Recreational Area, one of our most frequented National Parks, is free to enter and is easily accessed in San Francisco on foot or bike or by public transportation and by auto for visiting the more greener experiences. Considered an Urban National...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

The bridge is named after this land, the golden straight that sir Francis drake and others tried to find. It’s so gorgeous and just plain breathtaking. Come around sunset on a sunny day and take in all the colors off the land.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I went to see the Golden Bridge as she had not visited before. This is amazing structure after all the years that passed since it’s construction. Highly recommend it.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 18, 2018

The Golden Gate NRA encompasses areas on both side of the bridge and there is a ton of stuff to do. We biked to Fort Mason, Crissy Field, Fort Point, up to the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor's Center and over the bridge. We checked out...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Frank D
Reviewed January 7, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic place to walk bike and relax with family. Offers Hundreds of acres of pristine greenery. Moderate climb if you are biking. Botanical garden and Japanese tea Gardens, A Theatre are all part of this park. Weekends you have food trucks coming in. You can...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed August 20, 2017

There is so much to do here. I have been to the area 5 times and still haven't seen it all. You can stay just an hour or a whole day, depending on what you do and where you go. The views are incredible, and...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 25, 2017

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco are the Marin Headlands. Turn off Why 101 as soon as you get off the bridge and take Alexander Ave to Colzman Rd to go up into the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. There are small...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 13, 2017 via mobile

This place has so many things to do. The rangers were so helpful to determine what I would do. Most of the things were closed by the time I arrived. But you can drive to many things. See the lighthouse, visit the Marine mammal center,...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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questions from a would-be SF hiker (4 Replies)
We're coming out to SF this June. One of the things I want to do is to hike and/or trail-run in the SF portion of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area--the Palace of the Legion of Honor area, Lands End, Baker Beach, and on up toward the GG Bridge. Toward that end, a couple of questions for the experts: 1) I have not been able to find anything thus far with adequate trail maps for that area. The maps in the Frommer's and other general-use guides are too vague and lacking in detail, and...More
April 05, 2006|
Response fromPuter|
The San Francisco Chronicle had an article on just this subject...let's see...a couple of months ago (?) I don't remember. I believe it was in the pink section, called the "Datebook". It included hikes as you mention, and also in the Presidio, as I remember. Perhpas if you do a search on their website...sfgate.com...you can find it. Good luck.
Paul W
Weatherford, Texas, United States
Two days in SF what to Photograph? (10 Replies)
I'll be in SF for one day before heading out to Yosemite and one day before I leave. I know that I want to go to Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Marin Headlands one day, but what to Photograph the other? I mostly like landscapes.
March 29, 2012|
Response frombelomiser|
This question is even harder to answer than what to eat in SF. there are so many places from the Embarcadero to Crissy field to the Presidio to the Golden Gare Park to Diamond Heights to Twin Peaks Nob Hill Pacific Heights cow hollow ATT park Ocean Beach. treasure Island Marina Cow hollow Coit Tower. lands end trail
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Golden Gate National Recreation Area -- Advice please (5 Replies)
Hello! We have only a long weekend in SF in two weeks. I am wondering if someone could suggest a good bridge view/photo op from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area -- which seems to consist of alot of different sites. I doubt that we'll have a car (although I might rent one for a day to get to Muir Woods) so what would be a realistic place to get good shots of the bridge via a combination of LIGHT walking and either taxi or public transportation? Thank you
May 19, 2007|
Response fromNaMacD2|
Are you up to riding a bike? You can rent bicycles in town at Blazing Saddles or Adventure Bike, and ride along the bay, up a rather steep hill, and then onto the bridge. It's quite the experience! Good photo ops on the other side of the bridge. Then you can cycle downhill into Tiburon, have a snack at Guaymas, and get on the ferry back to the city. If you do get a car, get on Highway One N. toward Stinson Beach, and you will have amazing views of the bridge and bay.