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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Address: CA
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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Gorgeous!

We walked around here for a while on a Sunday evening, and we weren't expecting much, but it was one of the highlights of our trip! Beautiful area!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Elizabeth K
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Blue Springs, Missouri
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Blue Springs, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked around here for a while on a Sunday evening, and we weren't expecting much, but it was one of the highlights of our trip! Beautiful area!

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I live in San Francisco but each time I leave the city and cross the Golden Gate Bridge, I always stop and drive up the hill to take a photo. You never know what type of photo you will get because it can be clear one minute, then the fog rolls in and your view is gone in a split... More 

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

I had been to the bridge area a few times in the past and saw a couple of the military gun placement areas. BUT, today was the first time I have driven all the way through to Rodeo Beach. Those mountains North of the bridge are full of tunnels and gun placement areas....

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is extensive and has so many varied sites to visit. It includes sites such as The Presidio, the Maritime National Historic Park complete with ships that you can board and tour, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. We visited the Marin Headlands first and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful views off San Francisco Bay Area and the Golden Gate Bridge. Walked down to see point Bonita lighthouse then walked up the hill to see the old 12 millimeter canon installation the a short drive to see the golden gate bring and other old gun installations. A lot off history in the area old military forts and others stuff.... More 

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Thank Stephen T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

It's amazing to see this in person. It was a gorgeous day so it looked like a post card. You can walk or ride a bike across the bridge or sit at the recreation area and enjoy. Note it is very WINDY on the bridge.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Only stopped here as we saw the signs and it's s brilliant spot for photos of the bridge, SF city, the bay and Alcatraz. Big car park and easy to rejoin the freeway.

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

A visit to the Marin Headlands, just across the bridge on the North side, was a beautiful surprise. Absolutely breathtaking views complete with beaches, hiking trails, abundant wildlife, and wild flowers galore! Parking is free. Very easily accessible from the bridge. Our visit in early April found the area nearly empty except for us. What a treat! We cannot wait... More 

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Although I've visited San Francisco dozens of times for business, I've never bothered to drive to the Marin Headlands in the Golden Gate Recreation Area before last month! My mistake!! The views of the city and the bridge are astonishing, but the visit to the Bonita Lighthouse is amazing! Note that parking is limited, and walking is the norm!!

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Darien, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

Well worth a visit even if a bit crowded on a beautiful weekend day. A lot of cars and bicycles where the view is the best, then the crowds dwindle as you go further.

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